Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for consideration, applicants must be:

  • A nonprofit organization with tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and organized for charitable purposes.
  • Located within and primarily serving the Monterey Bay Peninsula, Santa Cruz, and the Greater San Francisco Bay Area.


What We Look For

  • Funds may be applied to model, promising, or start-up programs.
  • For existing programs, we look for high-quality programs that are addressing a documented need in the community they serve and that have a track record of delivering effective services to clients.
  • For new or emerging programs, we look to support programs with strong leadership that demonstrate high potential and promise for future success.


The Foundation generally will not consider requests to fund:

  • Individuals, either through scholarships or other forms of financial assistance (except through our Scholarship Program)
  • Scientific or medical research
  • Sectarian purposes (programs that promote religious doctrine)
  • Special events or conferences
  • Endowments


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