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Grants to Bay Area, California Organizations for K-5
Literacy Programs for Disadvantaged Students

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Fleishhacker Foundation

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Grants to Bay Area, California organizations for K-5 literacy programming aimed at disadvantaged students in public schools. New applicants must submit a letter of inquiry by December 15. Please note that proposals must be presented in a project-specific manner, beyond supporting core literacy activities.

The Foundation launched the Literacy Initiative in recognition of the educational achievement gap of at-risk students, particularly those in large urban school districts with low-income backgrounds. The Foundation is supporting programs that improve early reading readiness, grade-level attainment by the end of 3rd grade, and students leaving 5th grade ready for the more challenging work of middle and high school (including college preparatory courses) – all key markers for future success in school and life.

This is a difficult time of diminished resources for public education and great stresses on the system. The Foundation’s Education Committee believes that the new focus area is the most effective way at this time to help those who are making a long term difference in the educational lives of disadvantaged children in the local community.

Priorities for the Literacy Initiative include:
-Focusing funding on a core competency in elementary school education which affects the future educational and life opportunities of each child;
-Helping students who are behind, or in danger of falling behind, improve their reading and writing skills;
-Supporting disadvantaged students, primarily those attending public schools, in achieving grade-level competency.

Grantmaking Criteria:
-Grants will primarily be made to nonprofit community-based organizations providing direct literacy services to students;
-Priority will be given to school-day, classroom-based programs, and those serving a significant number of students;
-Grants will be awarded to organizations whose primary overall mission is academic support for disadvantaged and/or at-risk students, or whose programming is largely concentrated in this area;
-The Foundation will look more favorably on applicants whose board evidences strong support for the organization both in terms of the percentage of board members making annual gifts, and the total amount of board giving represented in contributed income.

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GrantWatch ID#: 139209

Term of Contract:

Program activities may take place during the coming school year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are only awarded to Bay Area organizations whose work is primarily focused on literacy programming.

Grants will not be made to individual public, independent, or parochial schools. Grants will not be considered for other types of academic support programs (e.g. math or science), arts education, career-development, homework help, study skills, or general after-school enrichment programs.

Grants for teacher professional development are not the Foundation’s current priority, but may be considered on a case-by-case basis if they are specifically literacy-based and serving a large number of teachers.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants who have previously received grants from the Fleishhacker Foundation may proceed directly to the online application process.

Organizations that have not previously been funded by the Literacy Initiative (since 2011) must submit a Letter of Inquiry by December 15 via regular email, not the online application.

The Foundation will inform prospective applicants if a full proposal is invited by late December, in time for the January 15 application deadline.

Annual grantmaking in this program takes place at the spring board meeting.

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

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Please address all grant proposals and inquiries to:

Christine Elbel, Executive Director

Fleishhacker Foundation
1016 Lincoln Blvd. #12
San Francisco, CA 94129

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: Bay Area