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Regional Planning: Building Sustainable Land Use and Transportation Plans to Secure the Future of Silicon Valley and its Residents

Grants to Promote Affordable Housing and
Greater Access to Public Transportation

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Deadline Date:

07/07/11 5:00 PM


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Grants ranging from $50,000 to $100,000 to encourage the development of affordable housing with nearby, sustainable transportation systems that provide low-income residents with access to jobs and services in Silicon Valley. Since there are more jobs than homes in the region, most workers need to commute long distances in search of affordable housing, which increases traffic congestion and pollution, and dilutes the sense of community.

Thus, projects aimed at building more homes close to transit are essential to ensure a sustainable society, economy and natural environment. These grants are therefore intended to improve both the environment as well as the quality of life for lower-income, non-English-speaking, and other community members who live and work in the region.

Funding will be provided for any of the following:
• Technical assistance that will strengthen a nonprofit organization’s capacity to engage effectively in planning processes and will ensure the successful implementation of the resulting plans. (This includes research, consulting, mediation, facilitation, legal counseling or other professional assistance.)
• The tools needed to engage the community members in general or specific planning processes. The Foundation is particularly interested in inclusion of members of low-income communities, communities of color and immigrant neighborhoods throughout the region.
• Public awareness and education efforts that focus on residents, commercial business owners, civic leaders and elected officials.
• Advocacy through educating public officials and other decision makers of the benefits of equitable smart-growth and transit-oriented development.
• Communications training, including how to work with the media.
• Data collection, research, and analysis that strengthen specific planning processes.

Applicants will be given priority based on their proposals’ demonstration of:
(a) a clear plan regarding steps to be taken to achieve desired outcomes;
(b) an ability to be scaled up, expanded regionally, and/or replicated;
(c) knowledge of the sector and its trends;
(d) measurable goals that are within the proposed timeframe;
(e) the use of innovative and effective strategies
(f) organizational capacity to implement projects, including staffing and leadership, operational and fiscal management; and
(g) an ability to leverage financial, human, and technical resources that will lead to greater impact.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 125223

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $100,000

Term of Contract:

Grants will be provided for a minimum of one year.


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible, applicants must be San Mateo and/or Santa Clara County-serving organizations. Organizations headquartered outside the two-county region must demonstrate significant service to the area.

Applicants without a 501(3) status may have a fiscal sponsor with either: a 501(c)(3) designation, a public agency or collaboration of nonprofit and public agencies, or other entity with a designated charitable purpose.

Organizations with religious affiliations will be considered for funding only if the project for which they seek support attempts to address the needs of the wider community without regard to religious beliefs.

Pre-Application Information:

Send applications to: OR mail one hardcopy to Silicon Valley Community
Foundation’s headquarters:

Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Attn. Grantmaking Department
2440 West El Camino Real, Suite 300
Mountain View, CA 94040

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For questions, email: or call: 650.450.5400.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California