Grantmaking

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 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.  Read more about the first grants made under the new equity strategy.

Grantmaking Opportunities

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

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. This open grant cycle will begin on January 3, 2017.

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

FAITHS Community Partner Grants: The equity application will be open to proposals for a FAITHS Community Partner Grants throughout the month of February.

Basic Eligibility

Valid tax-exempt status

The San Francisco Foundation makes grants to most types of organizations that are in good standing with the IRS and are exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. We also make grants to government and public agencies, as well as to independent projects that have a qualified tax-exempt fiscal sponsor.

Regions Served

Projects must substantially benefit residents in at least one of the five Bay Area counties we serve: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo. If your organization is based outside these five counties, the total number of local constituents benefiting from service must be competitive with local organizations.

Applying for an Equity Grant

To learn more about our Equity Grants Program and to submit an application, please review How to Apply.

For more information on our grantmaking programs, contact programs@sff.org.