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 firstname.lastname@example.org or FAITHS Program Assistant Michelle Myles Chambers at 415.733.8539 or email@example.com.
Meet our 2013 FAITHS Community Partners Grantees
45 Grants Totaling $198,500
|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.
|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|