Grants for Power: Nurturing Equity Movements

Through the Power pathway, we believe that economic and racial equity will only be possible if we commit our resources to nurturing political voice and economic engagement for our increasingly diverse Bay Area community.

The San Francisco Foundation serves San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, and San Mateo Counties, and makes grants across the five-county region. A list of grants for the Power pathway is as follows:

$300,000 – Bay Area Rising
To strengthen and expand the civic engagement infrastructure at a regional scale to build the political power of low-income communities of color through integrated voter engagement, organizing, and movement building strategies.

$450,000 – California Calls 
To increase the capacity of key Bay Area organizations to enhance voter engagement and the civic participation of Bay Area communities of color with a particular focus on African-American communities.

$100,000 – East Bay Asian Youth Center 
To support the E. 14th Street Congress of Neighborhoods Project, a collaborative effort of neighborhood-based resident organizations in East Oakland, to address development and displacement, and increase the organized voice, power, and influence of low-income communities of color.

$225,000 – Mobilize the Immigrant Vote 
To advance racial justice and promote equity by building the voting power, leadership, and organizing capacity of low-income immigrant and refugee new Americans in the Bay Area and across California.

$10,000 – RYSE Youth Center 
To promote the creation of a ballot measure for the establishment of a Richmond Fund for Children and Youth.

These grants support work across the three pathways:

$50,000 – Bay Area Black United Fund 
To support a data scoping project for TSFF’s Regional Equity Agenda.

$125,000 – KQED, Inc. 
To support coverage of racial and economic inequities in the San Francisco Bay Area.

$200,000 – USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) 
To support the production of a regional equity data infrastructure for the Bay Area that will support equity advocacy campaigns.


Rapid Response for Movement Building

The Rapid Response Fund for Movement Building was established within the Power pathway to provide one-time, small grants of within 30 days or less of receiving a request from a community-based organization. The nature of the fund gives priority to requests from small or emerging grassroots organizations working to advance full racial and economic inclusion.

A list of the grants awarded to date is as follows:

$5,000 – Alliance of South Asians Taking Action (ASATA) 
To host a series of community gatherings at the Islamic Cultural and Community Center to a create safe space and a plan of action for addressing the increase in hate crimes and bullying against South Asian communities.

$15,000 – Arab Resources and Organizing Center 
To support the Community Defense Project that will provide legal and self-defense trainings for Bay Area Arab youth in response to threats of increased deportations and the creation of a national Muslim registry; written educational materials will be distributed in English and Arabic, and trainings will be conducted in both languages.

$15,000 – Asian Americans Advancing Justice -Asian Law Caucus 
To support a strategic planning retreat for members of ASPIRE, the first Pan-Asian undocumented immigrant-led group in the country; the retreat is intended to create a safe space for undocumented API immigrant youth to discuss issues they will face under the new administration and to develop a short-term emergency action plan in response to the threat of a mass deportation plan

$15,000 – California Immigrants Youth Justice Alliance 
To create a community-led deportation defense model that places directly impacted communities at the center of their own defense; training a network of neighborhood-led, immigration response teams in San Mateo, San Francisco and Marin Counties through community outreach, education, advocacy, and legal representation

$15,000 – Canal Alliance 
To educate the immigrant community of Marin County about their legal rights through providing 15 community education presentations; topics will include know your rights, basics of immigration law and how to prepare in the event of a raid

$15,000 – Canal Welcome Center 
To convene civic, youth and faith leaders to mobilize and respond to an increase in hate incidents in Marin County and create a youth action group to advocate for a county ordinance to stop local law enforcement from collaborating with immigration enforcement officials

$15,000 – East Bay Immigrant Youth Coalition
To create a community-led deportation defense model that places directly impacted communities at the center of their own defense, train a network of neighborhood-led, immigration response teams in San Mateo, San Francisco and Marin Counties through community outreach, education, advocacy and legal representation

$15,000 – East Bay Spanish Speaking Citizens’ Foundation 
To facilitate 12 immigration “Know Your Rights” workshops in the next six months to respond to the increase demand for legal information and services

$15,000 – Equity Labs
To provide digital security trainings for Muslim, Arab, South Asian, immigrant and LGBTQ serving organizations as well as religious institutions; providing individual consultations to the organizations to review their digital vulnerabilities and help them implement security plans

$15,000 – Islamic Network, Inc. 
To prevent and address bullying of Muslim students in the Bay Area by:
1) hosting onsite school trainings for at least 150 Muslim parents equipping them with tools and resources to prevent bullying and harassment; 2) training and certifying at least 50 Muslim students in bullying prevention; and 3) providing cultural competency seminars for school staff in 5 school districts to develop sensitivity protocols to better serve Muslim students

$15,000 – Mission Graduates 
To host immigration “Know Your Rights” workshops in partnership with community based organizations and mental health providers at 14 school sites in San Francisco Unified School District including providing training and resources to teachers at 3 elementary schools in the district.

$13,910 – Partnerships with Trauma Recovery
To address the post-election rise in hate incidences against refugees, asylum seekers and unaccompanied children in the Bay Area through post-traumatic healing and resiliency groups; sessions will be co-facilitated by trained community leaders who play a critical role as health interpreters, all former refugees and asylum seekers

$15,000 – RYSE Center
Launch a 100-day “Love and Rage in Action” series of workshops for youth and young adults to learn about immigration “Know Your Rights,” self-defense, cultural resistance and deportation defense trainings

$10,000 – Sikh Family Center 
To develop immigration “Know Your Rights” written handouts and videos tailored to the inform the Sikh community; written materials will be translated in English and Punjabi, and leaders will help with the helpline

$15,000 – South of Market Community Action Network 
To inform Filipino immigrants about their legal rights by conducting immigration “Know Your Rights” workshops in Tagalog in the Tenderloin and Excelsior neighborhoods in San Francisco; workshops will be held twice a month for six months

$10,000 – The African Advocacy Network 
To conduct immigration “Know Your Rights” presentations in French, Haitian Creole, Amharic, and Tigrina languages and inform African immigrants about their legal right; to engage participants in volunteer opportunities to support their diverse language capacity and referral program

$15,000 – Trabajo Cultural Caminante 
To train Spanish speaking community leaders to conduct immigration “Know Your Rights” presentations across five Bay Area counties; trainers will use popular education and artistic cultural art methods to conduct four community trainings per county

$15,000 – Transgender Law Center 
To conduct five immigration “Know Your Rights” presentations and legal clinics for transgender and gender nonconforming immigrants in the Bay Area and to increase capacity to sustain its immigration legal helpline

$15,000 – University of California, Berkeley Undocumented Student Program
To conduct two immigration legal clinics serving 80 students seeking to apply for emergency advance parole and renewals for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program; in addition, the program will create an expanded legal safety net by establishing a secure, rapid text alert system for use in the event of an immigration raid

$5,000 – West Marin Community Services 
Conduct at least two immigration “Know Your Rights” presentations and organize a day of action on January 20; the day of action titled “Our Community Standing Together” is a collaborative effort to inform the immigrant community about their rights and strategize a local comprehensive plan in the event of mass deportation

$15,000 – You, Me, We Oakly! 
To host 1-2 informational sessions for youth who are eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) renewals; in partnership with International Institute of the Bay Area and the City of Oakly, YMEO will host immigration “Know Your Rights” presentations to inform immigrants about their legal rights and screen DACA recipients for more permanent immigration remedies