Safety Net

What We Support

Organizations that help families and the elderly meet their basic needs. In particular:

  • Emergency and transitional shelter (including emergency domestic violence shelters) that include wrap around services for clients
  • Food and nutrition services for low-income seniors
  • Food distribution and meal programs for families and individuals


To be eligible for funding, an organization must:

  • Work in and serve residents of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, and/or San Francisco counties.
  • Offer essential food and/or shelter services to families or elderly in need, in one or more of the foundation’s target counties

Eligible uses of funds include:

  • General support when all or a significant portion of an organization’s programming focuses on food or shelter for families and/or the elderly in need.
  • Specific programs that help families and/or the elderly meet their basic food and shelter needs.
  • Capital needs that would enhance the ability of an organization to serve families and the elderly.

Additional Considerations

  • Grant requests typically fall in the range of $20,000-$50,000
  • Renewing applicants must also submit a grant report at the time of reapplication, and reapplications without grant reports will be considered incomplete
  • Organizations may only submit one application per calendar year to the foundation
  • Break requirements from the previous guidelines do not apply and all organizations will be considered under the new guidelines starting in January 2018.
  • No gifts are made to individuals, events, or annual appeals

Please visit the application procedures and submission deadlines pages for further details on applying.


For program-related questions in the Safety Net category, please contact Emily Schroeder at or 415-561-6540 ext. 222. For technical questions related to submitting your application, please contact Hollyann Vickers at or 415-561-6540 ext. 234.