As a community foundation, we strive to be strategic and responsive to the changing needs of our Bay Area residents, workers, and communities. We support the Bay Area region through grants in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo counties.

The San Francisco Foundation has launched a bold equity agenda for greater racial and economic inclusion for struggling communities and people of color across the Bay Area. Across the region, we need to ensure that everyone has a chance at full employment at an affordable wage, a safe and affordable home, a strong political voice, and can live in a community that provides real access to opportunity.

Learn about the 2017 equity grants.

Grantmaking Opportunities

In addition to making strategic grants by invitation, The San Francisco Foundation has the following grant opportunities:


Rapid Response Fund for Movement Building: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Opening in Spring 2018:

Equity Grants Program: The Equity Grants Program was created to advance our agenda of greater racial and economic equity. We are offering one door to a suite of grant opportunities centered on our People, Place, and Power pathways.

Criteria for Equity Grants Program

The Equity Grants Program is not accepting new applications at this time. The next cycle will begin in Spring 2018. The following are the basic characteristics we consider when reviewing an applicant:

  1. Alignment with Equity Agenda: Aligns with the foundation’s racial and economic equity agenda, goals, and strategies in the People, Place, and Power pathways.
  2. People Served: Serves and/or engages communities that are predominantly low-income people or communities of color in the foundation’s service area.
  3. Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion: Exhibits a commitment to achieving racial equity within the organization by employing people of color at all levels within the organization and showing a commitment to leadership development, as described in our Diversity Policy.
  4. Level of Impact: Given the depth and breadth of racial and economic challenges in the Bay Area, priority will be given to policy and systems change efforts that hold great promise for benefiting many diverse communities throughout the region, using various ways to reach a scale of impact. Efforts may include: policy advocacy, organizing, coalition building, and public/private partnerships.
  5. Strategic Learning and Evaluation: Has an established culture of learning with the capacity to track qualitative and quantitative impacts of efforts to achieve population impacts; and has the ability to measure results in terms of systemic change and policy wins at the local and/or regional level.

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