The Foundation makes grants to organizations that provide services in Santa Clara County and that are exempt from federal income taxes under Section 501(c)(3), or governmental units under Section 170(c)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Organizations that have received funding or been denied funding must wait at least one full year from the date of submission of your LOI before submitting another LOI.
The Foundation makes grants to programs that support Santa Clara County youth in the following areas:
- Academic remediation for underachieving students.
- Education programs that prepare youth to enter higher education, vocational training, and/or the workforce.
- Enrichment programs that augment students’ educational experience.
- Counseling and mentoring support services that enhance educational achievement in partnership with schools.
- Systemic education reform/improvement focused on closing the achievement gap.
- Provide opportunities for underserved youth to access high quality, hands-on experiences and/or exposure to professional performances and exhibitions.
- Support nonprofit organizations in bringing arts education into the schools and to out-of-school programs.
Types of Support
Types of Grants
The Foundation will consider the following types of requests for support:
- Requests that provide direct services.
- Requests for capital projects.
- Requests that represent less than 50% of project/program costs.
- Challenge grants are encouraged.
The Foundation does not support:
- fund-raising events
- the United Way, or other re-granting agencies
Grant Size and Duration
Grants generally range from $10,000 to $50,000, and are for one year. On occasion, the Board may invite organizations to apply for multi-year grants.
Proposal Success Factors
The Foundation looks favorably upon requests from organizations with a clearly articulated strategic plan incorporating measurable objectives and a track record of meeting or exceeding performance goals. Proposals that include the following components in their program plan are more likely to be funded:
- Cost-effectiveness: programs that increase efficiency while maximizing limited charitable funds.
- Joint planning with participating schools/districts.
- Collaboration: partnerships that involve formal agreements between agencies that bring multi-party, interdisciplinary approaches to addressing complex community challenges.
- Scalability: programs/initiatives that demonstrate ability to scale up with future growth and investment.
- Evidence-based: programs whose interventions are backed by empirical data demonstrating effectiveness.
- Outcomes: programs that collect data to measure students’ improvement in one or more of the following indicators, which have been shown at specific grade levels to positively correlate with high school graduation and post-secondary success:
- Academic Progress – students meeting or exceeding grade level standards and/or attaining annual progress targets with emphasis on the grades noted below.
- Reading Achievement (3rd Grade)
- Math Achievement (8th grade)
- English Language Learners Annual Progress – percent of students advancing one grade level
- High School Credit Attainment (9th grade)
- Attendance and Discipline
- School Attendance (Kindergarten, 6th and 9th Grade)
- School Discipline – suspensions and expulsions (demonstrating equity for students of color)
- High School and Post-Secondary Success
- Post-Secondary enrollment, retention and completion
- High School Graduation
- percent graduating in 4 years
- percent of granduates successfully completing A-G requirements
- percent graduating or completing GED in 5 years
- Identification of and/or connection with a career track
Grant Application Process for 2017
For 2017 there will be two open grant cycles, divided by program focus.
- Organizations applying for funding for Arts or Extended Learning programs may submit an LOI for the January 9 cycle only.
- Organizations applying for funding for Counseling / Mentoring, other academic or enrichment programs or Scholarships may submit an LOI for the August 11 cycle only.
At the discretion of the Foundation prior grantees may be requested by the foundation to submit an invited proposal by the May 8 deadline. If you have any questions, please contact the foundation’s Executive Director or Program Officer.
Submitting a Letter of Intent
The Foundation requests applicants to first submit an online LOI. There are two grant cycles open to all eligible organizations and programs, divided by program focus. Eligible organizations should choose the appropriate cycle for their application and complete the online LOI by the applicable deadline. Please see below for the current year’s grantmaking schedule and due dates. LOIs are due approximately 30 days prior to the deadline for submitting a full proposal.
Access our online LOI form.
By Invitation Only
If it is determined that the proposed services fall within the Foundation’s current areas of interest, submission of an online proposal will be invited.
2017 timeline for submission of LOIs and proposals
|Program Focus / Grant Type||Letter of Intent Due||Invited Proposal Due||Board Meeting Date|
||January 9||February 17||March 27|
||N/A – Invitation Only||May 8||June 26|
||August 11||September 15||October 30|