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Shortino Family Foundation Grant

Grants to Santa Clara County, California Nonprofits and
Agencies for Arts and Educational Support for At-Risk Youth

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Foundation / Corporation

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Leo M. Shortino Family Foundation

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Deadline Date:

09/14/18 - For Arts and Extended Learning programs only.


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Grants generally ranging between $10,000 to $50,000 to Santa Clara County, California nonprofit organizations and government units for programs that support at-risk youth and their families. An LOI is due by January 12, 2018. Focus areas include access to the arts, K-12 education, and career preparation.

The Foundation offers two grant cycles focusing on different aspects of the focus areas. In January, LOIs are accepted for arts programs or extended learning (ie, after-school or summer programs). In August, LOIs are accepted for counseling/mentoring, other academic or educational enrichment, and scholarships.

Focus Area details:

K-12 Education

- Academic remediation for underachieving students.
- Education programs that prepare youth to enter higher education, vocational training, and/or the workforce.
- Enrichment programs that augment students’ educational experience.
- Counseling and mentoring support services that enhance educational achievement in partnership with schools.
- Systemic education reform/improvement focused on closing the achievement gap.


- Provide opportunities for underserved youth to access high quality, hands-on experiences and/or exposure to professional performances and exhibitions.
- Support nonprofit organizations in bringing arts education into the schools and to out-of-school programs.

The Foundation will consider the following types of requests for support:

- Requests that provide direct services.
- Requests for capital projects.
- Requests that represent less than 50% of project/program costs.
- Challenge grants are encouraged.

The Foundation looks favorably upon requests from organizations with a clearly articulated strategic plan incorporating measurable objectives and a track record of meeting or exceeding performance goals. Proposals that include the following components in their program plan are more likely to be funded:

- Cost-effectiveness: programs that increase efficiency while maximizing limited charitable funds.
- Joint planning with participating schools/districts.
- Collaboration: partnerships that involve formal agreements between agencies that bring multi-party, interdisciplinary approaches to addressing complex community challenges.
- Scalability: programs/initiatives that demonstrate ability to scale up with future growth and investment.
- Evidence-based: programs whose interventions are backed by empirical data demonstrating effectiveness.
- Outcomes: programs that collect data to measure students’ improvement in one or more of the following indicators, which have been shown at specific grade levels to positively correlate with high school graduation and post-secondary success: Academic Progress, Attendance and Discipline, and High School and Post-Secondary Success. See the "Proposal Success Factors" tab on the Funding Source RFP URL for more details.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 133797

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants are generally between $10,000 to $50,000. Requests should represent less than 50% of project/program costs.

Term of Contract:

Grants are for one year. On occasion, the Board may invite organizations to apply for multi-year grants.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Foundation makes grants to organizations that provide services in Santa Clara County and that are exempt from federal income taxes under Section 501(c)(3), or governmental units under Section 170(c)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Organizations that have received funding or been denied funding must wait at least one full year from the date of submission of your LOI before submitting another LOI.

The Foundation does not support:

- Fund-raising events
- Endowments
- The United Way, or other re-granting agencies

Pre-Application Information:

For 2018 there will be two open grant cycles, divided by program focus.

- Organizations applying for funding for Arts or Extended Learning programs may submit an LOI by January 12, 2018. If invited, full proposals are due February 16, 2018. The board meeting will be held on March 26, 2018.
- Organizations applying for funding for Counseling / Mentoring, other academic or enrichment programs or Scholarships may submit an LOI by August 10, 2018. If invited, proposals are due September 14, 2018. The board meeting will be held on October 29, 2018.

At the discretion of the Foundation prior grantees may be requested by the foundation to submit an invited proposal by May 11, 2018. If you have any questions, please contact the foundation’s Executive Director or Program Officer.

Please note: Challenge grants are encouraged.

Contact Information:

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

Register and apply online:

Leo M. Shortino Family Foundation
1760 The Alameda
San Jose, CA 95126

Elaine Curran
Executive Director
(408) 275-6306

Jeanne Dittman
Program Officer
(408) 275-6314

Online contact form:

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: California: Santa Clara County