FAITHS Community Partners Mini-Grants

Every year The San Francisco Foundation’s FAITHS Program offers congregations and faith-based organizations an opportunity to apply for mini-grant support for community service, civic engagement, or cultural and artistic programs. Faith-based organizations in the five Bay Area counties we serve (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo) are eligible to apply for a mini-grant of up to $5,000.

The FAITHS Program leadership supports efforts that increase the participation of all residents in the civic life of our communities. These grants will support programs or projects that increase civic and cultural participation, support dialogue that strengthens race relations, or provide community services to low-income residents in the San Francisco Bay Area. As part of this grant program, FAITHS will also consider support for free, community-based artistic and cultural activities, with a priority focus on low-income communities and/or immigrants.

Guidelines and Eligibility

  • Priority will be given to projects that:
    • Build the capacity of congregations and leaders to engage in civic issues, including nonpartisan voter engagement work, and community service.
    • Provide safety net services – food, clothing, shelter, health, and crisis services.
    • Promote dialogue, education, and action that improve the health and well-being of residents in low-income neighborhoods and communities in the Bay Area.
    • Provide free community-based arts and cultural activities, with a priority focus on low-income communities and/or immigrants.
    • Support dialogue that promotes racial and multicultural understanding.
  • Projects must differ from any of your organization’s other projects currently funded by The San Francisco Foundation.
  • Funding cannot be provided retroactively.
  • Current grantees of The San Francisco Foundation are eligible to apply for a mini-grant concurrently.
  • All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. PST on Monday, February 24, 2014, and must be submitted online through Grantee Center
  • If selected, grantees will be required to attend a mandatory orientation at The San Francisco Foundation on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 Noon.


Tuesday, February 4, 2014: How to Apply Workshop from 9:30 – 11:00 am
Monday, February 24, 2014: Application due in Grantee Center
Thursday, May 29, 2014: Notification of decisions
Sunday, June 1, 2014: Grant start date (12 month grant period)
Wednesday, June 18, 2014: Mandatory grantee orientation meeting

For More Information
Please contact FAITHS Program and Civic Engagement Officer Tessa Rouverol Callejo at 415.733.8541 or or FAITHS Program Assistant Michelle Myles Chambers at 415.733.8539 or


Meet our 2013 FAITHS Community Partners Grantees

45 Grants Totaling $198,500

Organization Purpose Amount Grantee Location
Agnes Memorial Church of God In Christ To establish a pilot program to address the rise of sexually exploited children in Oakland. $4,000 Oakland
AYADI To support the Women’s Citizenship Program for Muslim women in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco. $4,500 San Mateo
Bayshore Christian Ministries To support a holistic day camp which will increase the academic preparedness of under-served children in East Palo Alto. $4,000 East Palo Alto
Big Heart Wellness Center at Saint Barts Episcopal To engage local youth in an opera production, providing them education in theatre arts and community Church responsibility, while building support for programs serving at-risk neighbors in Livermore. $4,000 Livermore
Buena Vista Community Institute/Buena Vista United To support a collaboration with formerly homeless Alameda Point Collaborative residents that will support Methodist their transitional community, and provide resources through the church and local community. $4,500 Alameda
Calvary Baptist Church To assist high-risk youth on probation or in foster care in Hayward to find and retain meaningful jobs that contribute to their community, and develop skills that will make them successful in their education, jobs, and adulthood. $4,500 Hayward
Catholic Charities of the East Bay To implement a training program for Family to Family program volunteers that serve low-income clients and at-risk communities. $3,500 Oakland
Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry To support outreach to LGBT seniors living in Alameda County nursing homes. $4,000 Berkeley
Congregation Rodef Sholom of Marin To educate Marin County students and their families on the root causes of homelessness and ways to effectively address the needs of the local homeless community. $3,000 San Rafael
Corinthian NonProfit Development Corp. To provide at-risk youth in Oakland with education and tools to help them to navigate the college application process and secure grants and scholarships. $4,000 Oakland
East Bay Meditation Center To support programs for low-income community members, communities of color, disabled individuals, teens, and LGBTQI residents in the East Bay. $4,500 Oakland
F.A.C.E.S. of The East Bay To support the Reuniting Families Project which offers support for formerly incarcerated parents and their children. $5,000 Oakland
Faith Network of the East Bay, Inc. To support the Succeeding by Reading literacy program in schools in East Bay, low-income neighborhoods. $4,500 Oakland
First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael To pilot a program to provide quality service learning opportunities for youth in Marin Youth Court and Juvenile Probation. $4,500 San Rafael
First Presbyterian Church Palo Alto To work with Puente de la Costa Sur to encourage participation in cultural activities designed to unite diverse communities and create relationships between local faith communities and the farmworker
community on the South Coast of San Mateo County.
$4,500 Palo Alto
Grace Urban Ministries, Inc. To foster community engagement between youth in the congregation and local neighborhood community partners in the Mission District of San Francisco through visual arts. $4,500 San Francisco
Harbor House To provide food, clothing, and referral services on a regular basis and during the holiday season to low-income families in the San Antonio District of Oakland. $4,000 Oakland
Holy Child & St. Martin Episcopal Church To support a health clinic that is operated by the church that provides services to residents in Colma, Daly City, and Pacifica. $4,000 Daly City
Inner City Worship Center To provide nutritious, healthy meals to seniors, low-income families, and homeless individuals in West and North Oakland. $3,500 Oakland
Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County To develop a core team of diverse, interfaith high school youth and young adults who will organize a youth summer camp for low-income and at-risk youth in Contra Costa County. $4,000 Walnut Creek
Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California To establish a film screening series as part of the center’s ongoing Bay Area arts and culture programming. $4,000 Oakland
Israelite CDA/Israelite MBC OaKland To provide mentorship opportunities for at-risk elementary and middle school aged children in order to guide them towards being informed, educated and non-violent citizens. $3,500 CA
Kmhmu Pastoral Center To support the Kmhmu community heritage program in Contra Costa County to conduct hands-on workshops that will strengthen cross-generational appreciation of Kmhmu culture. $4,000 Berkeley
Love-A-Child Missions To support the Homeless Recovery Shelter, job training, and readiness programs through developing a thrift store in Bay Point. $3,500 Bay Point
Marin Interfaith Council To strengthen congregational capacity for community service and civic engagement in Marin County. $4,000 San Rafael
Marin Interfaith Street chaplaincy To provide leadership training and community engagement opportunities for homeless individuals in San Rafael, and initiate a Companionship Training Program for concerned citizens. $3,000 San Rafael
McGee Avenue Baptist Church To promote positive health outcomes, artistic expression, and community participation through a dance project that serves youth, young adults, and seniors in South Berkeley, Oakland, and Richmond. $4,000 Berkeley
Mending of Mothers, Inc To assist Bay Area young mothers who dropped out of high school to pass the General Educational Development (GED) test, and participate in life skills, job training, and financial literacy workshops. $3,500 San Leandro
Mills Grove Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) To develop and maintain a community garden in East Oakland. $4,500 Oakland
Myanmar Community of the United States of America To assist immigrant and refugee members of the Bay Area Myanmar community to adapt to life in the Bay Area and increase their civic participation. $4,000 Daly City
Neighborhood Baptist Church To build the Health Ministry Team’s leadership and capacity to engage in civic issues, including nonpartisan voter engagement work, and community service. $4,000 San Francisco
Network on Religion and Justice for API LGBTQs To create an intergenerational choir and speaker series for Bay Area immigrants that will strengthen Asian Pacific Islander faith community education and civic engagement on LGBTQ justice issues. $4,500 San Francisco
Novato Community of Christ To provide English instruction to immigrant adults, to help them develop job-seeking skills, and support for their children’s success in school in a family friendly atmosphere that promotes connections to the broader community. $5,000 Novato
OneLife Institute To build the capacity, resilience, and well-being of Bay Area community workers who are on the front lines of community service, violence prevention, and social justice work. $4,000 Oakland
Plymouth United Church of Christ To establish a leadership program for young people of color in Oakland who are committed to the work of faith, justice, and LGBT rights. $4,000 Oakland
Providence Baptist Church To support a mentoring program that assists under-served youth in the Bay View Hunters Point neighborhood of San Francisco to increase their academic achievement. $5,000 San Francisco
Revelation Economic Development Corporation To provide food and support to residents who are shut ins, ill, and/or living in shelters or transitional housing in Alameda County. $3,500 Berkeley
River of Life To support outreach, academic support, and access to performing arts activities for at-risk youth in the Visitacion Valley neighborhood in San Francisco. $4,000 San Francisco
San Francisco Interfaith Council To support the Young Leaders Internship Program to develop young leaders and support key interfaith community service projects. $4,000 San Francisco
San Francisco Korean Good News Church To support an arts and language program for Korean Americans and their children. $4,000 San Francisco
South Hayward Parish To promote job readiness and skill development among homeless or at risk of homeless individuals by creating reusable shopping bags through Project Angel Bag. $4,000 Hayward
St. Francis Center To support a physical education, nutrition, and wellness program for Latino youth and their families at the after school program offered at the Siena Youth Center in San Mateo County. $3,500 Redwood City
True Hope Church of God in Christ To build the capacity of Bay Area congregations and faith leaders to engage in civic issues and community service through creating online networking and resource sharing across the region. $4,000 San Francisco
Youth Spirit ArtWorks To engage under-served youth as leaders working with a professional artist in a mosaic art making process involving diverse South Berkeley stakeholders. $4,000 Berkeley
San Francisco Organizing Project To merge with Peninsula Interfaith Action and create an new organization that serves San Francisco and the San Francisco Peninsula. $20,000 San Francisco