Grantmaking

How to Apply

Sand Hill Foundation funds local organizations with strong leadership, visionary plans for the future, and cultures of continuous learning. We seek to leverage every grant by providing funding at the right time for the greatest impact.

Grant Guidelines

Sand Hill Foundation funds organizations and programs in San Mateo County and northern Santa Clara County, California – specifically, Daly City to Mountain View, from the coastside to the bay.

Please note that we do not fund or provide loans for individuals, medical research, or efforts designed to elect public officers. The Foundation will support only those organizations with strong and consistently applied non-discrimination policies.

To be eligible for funding, your organization must be tax-exempt and work within our geographic and programmatic focus areas.

We accept Letters of Inquiry from new applicants on a rolling basis for our Health & Opportunity and Environment & Sustainability program areas. See below for instructions on how to get started with the LOI as the first step.

 

 

 

Overview

The Health & Opportunity program is focused on health, education, and economic opportunity in our local community. Current priorities within this broad scope for new grantees are: mental health through The Wellness Partnership and job security.

New Applicants

Sand Hill Foundation accepts Letters of Inquiry from new applicants on a rolling basis. This process allows you to submit a brief overview of your request. The Letter of Inquiry Overview details the questions in our application and all required attachments.

After your Letter of Inquiry is submitted, you will be notified within a month if you are eligible to proceed to a full proposal. We regret that we cannot fund every worthy request that we receive.

Letter of Inquiry Overview

Returning Applicants

Organizations that have previously received funding from Sand Hill Foundation may, with staff approval, submit a full proposal without having to provide a Letter of Inquiry. If approved, detailed instructions will be provided by foundation staff via email. Please direct technical questions to Jennifer Perez Brown at jbrown@pfs-llc.net.

Email Jennifer Perez Brown

Reporting Requirements

All grantees are required to report on progress achieving the goals, objectives, and outcomes identified in the proposal and grant agreement. Specific due dates are included in the organization’s grant agreement. Reports should be submitted through the online grants management portal.

Final Report Overview

Overview

The Environment & Sustainability program is focused on conservation, environmental education, and sustainability.

The current priority for new grantees in this field of interest is climate change mitigation and adaptation on the Peninsula.

New Applicants

Sand Hill Foundation accepts Letters of Inquiry from new applicants on a rolling basis. This process allows you to submit a brief overview of your request. The Letter of Inquiry Overview details the questions in our application and all required attachments.

After your Letter of Inquiry is submitted, you will be notified within a month if you are eligible to proceed to a full proposal. We regret that we cannot fund every worthy request that we receive.

Letter of Inquiry Overview

Returning Applicants

Organizations that have previously received funding from Sand Hill Foundation may, with staff approval, submit a full proposal without having to provide a Letter of Inquiry. If approved, detailed instructions will be provided by foundation staff via email. Please direct technical questions to Jennifer Perez Brown at jbrown@pfs-llc.net.

Email Jennifer Perez Brown

Reporting Requirements

All grantees are required to report on progress achieving the goals, objectives, and outcomes identified in the proposal and grant agreement. Specific due dates are included in the organization’s grant agreement. Reports should be submitted through the online grants management portal.

Final Report Overview

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Overview

All organizations working within our focus areas and geographic scope are eligible to apply for small capital and capacity-building grants. These grants of up to $50,000 provide funding for specific capital purchases and/or project-based consulting contracts that will strengthen your organization.

We accept applications twice a year for this program in March and August. The next window to submit proposals will be August 1 to August 31, 2021.

Decisions will be announced by the end of September.

Apply

The Small Capital Request for Proposals details the questions in our application and all required attachments. The online submission window will be open from August 1 to August 31. Please email Jennifer Perez Brown for login credentials when you are ready to apply. There is no need to complete an LOI for small capital requests.

Decisions will be announced by the end of September. We regret that we cannot fund every worthy request that we receive.

Request for Proposals

Reporting Requirements

All grantees are required to report on progress achieving the goals, objectives, and outcomes identified in the proposal and grant agreement. Specific due dates are included in the organization’s grant agreement. Reports should be submitted through the online grants management portal.

Final Report Overview

Overview

Sand Hill Foundation funds a limited number of major capital campaigns each year for current grantees.

Proposals are accepted by invitation only in consultation with the foundation staff.

The Foundation’s goal is to make the application process as manageable as possible for prospective grantees. If you have any technical questions, please visit our FAQ page. We also invite you to direct questions to Jennifer Perez Brown.