Public Policy & Civic Engagement

Our political system has a profound impact on our economic, environmental and social well-being. Public policies that prioritize community needs and services, as well as decisions about infrastructure, housing, healthcare, education, transportation and the environment will be critical to ensure the cultural diversity and economic prosperity of the Bay Area.  In order for policies that advance equity to be passed, low-income communities of color need to be informed and educated about salient policy issues, engaged in implementation, and they need to be mobilized to vote for policies that impact their lives.

We believe that the relationship between government and its citizens is fractured. Many of our current policies perpetuate society’s growing inequities or fail to address our region’s biggest needs. Additionally, many citizens are apathetic to government, reflected in abysmal voter turnout and declining approval ratings.For the last four years, the Public Policy and Civic Engagement Program has focused on addressing inequities in California’s budget structure. In 2014, our strategies included grant-making and convenings with organizations that tackled budget reform, distribution of public resources, and voter mobilization. Our goal is to create a more equitable Bay Area by passing policies that promote economic justice, allocate public resources to low-income communities of color, and revive our democracy.

Who We Fund

We make grants to community-based organizations who effectively educate, organize, and engage low-income communities and communities of color in policy change and reform. We also fund organizations that provide research, policy analysis, strategic communications, and other capacity building tools in support of our grantees.

Eligible Organizations

We will invite a limited number of organizations to apply for these funds based on the services they provide to the Bay Area’s low-income communities and communities of color. This is an invitation-only application.

How to Apply

Please note that is not an open call for applications. Grant funds will be awarded on a competitive basis to invited organizations. In order to be considered for funding, invited organizations must submit a full grant application and all of the requested materials through Grantee Center.

Public Policy and Civic Engagement Program Staff
Francesca Vietor
Program Director, Environment, Public Policy, and Civic Engagement 415.733.8517
Tessa Rouverol Callejo
FAITHS Program and Civic Engagement Officer 415.733.8541
Becky Weinberg
Becky Weinberg
Senior Program Assistant, Environment and Public Policy 415.733.8524