Grantmaking Guidelines


The foundation accepts applications for general operating or program support in the following areas:

Community Services
  • Youth development programs for disadvantaged youth, with priority consideration for programs that focus on middle-school aged children
  • Safety net services such as emergency shelter, food, transitional housing, and domestic violence crisis interventions
  • Senior programs including food, nutrition, housing, mental health services, socialization programs, and wraparound support
Arts & Music
  • Education in the fields of arts and music (only previous grantees may apply)
  • Catholic elementary, middle, and high schools, particularly tuition or scholarship programs (only previous grantees may apply)
Capital Requests
  • The foundation will consider capital requests at its December meeting from any previous grantee organization serving the above priority areas.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible organizations must meet the following guidelines to be considered for grant funding:

  • Organizations that work in and serve residents of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and/or San Mateo counties
  • Public charities operating under an IRS 501(c)(3) status or fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) organization
  • Organizations that have an annual financial audit in accordance with approved accounting practices (or financial statements for the last completed fiscal year if audited financial statements are not available)

Additional Considerations

  • Grant requests in the amount of $15,000 and above will be given priority consideration
  • Renewing applicants must also submit a grant report at the time of reapplication. Reapplications without grant reports will be considered incomplete
  • Organizations may only submit one application per calendar year to the foundation
  • Organizations that have received funding for two consecutive years must take a two-year break before applying to the foundation again (this does not apply to food programs or Catholic school scholarship programs)
  • No gifts are made to individuals, events, or annual appeals