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Grants to California Nonprofits for Educational and Literary Programs

Education Grants


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Funding Source
Fleishhacker Foundation
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Geographic Focus
USA: California: San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Sonoma, San Mateo, and/or Santa Clara counties.

Important Dates
LOI Date: 12/01/22
Deadline: 01/15/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants to California nonprofit organizations for educational programs to improve literacy in eligible regions. Applicants must submit a Letter of Intent prior to applying. Funding will prioritize programs for underserved students from public schools. Applicants must serve the residents of the Bay Area, including San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Sonoma, San Mateo, and/or Santa Clara counties.

All of the Fleishhacker Foundation’s Education Grants are invested in K-5 literacy programs. Grants are awarded to Bay Area nonprofit organizations whose work is primarily focused on providing direct literacy services to students from under-resourced public schools. The Foundation prioritizes programs that address longstanding inequities in access to quality academic resources for students of color, immigrant students, and students from low-income families.

The Foundation supports programs that improve early reading readiness, promote grade-level attainment by the end of 3rd grade, and ensure that students leave 5th grade ready for the more challenging work of middle and high school, including college preparatory courses. The Foundation gives priority to programs that work collaboratively with classroom teachers on school-based curricula and those that serve a significant number of students. By focusing  limited resources on these core objectives, the Foundation aims to further the impact of dynamic, community-based organizations that are working to expand educational and life opportunities so that each child can reach their full potential.

The Foundation will also consider funding initiatives that provide professional development for educators and/or training for volunteers or families to further strengthen their ability to use distance and blended learning tools effectively for K-5 literacy. 


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Additional Eligibility Criteria
Applicants must be:

- Community-based educational organizations incorporated as 501(c)3 nonprofits that provide direct literacy services to K-5 students.
- Organizations whose primary purpose is academic support for students attending under-resourced public schools or whose programming is largely focused in this area.
- Located and primarily offering programming in San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Sonoma, San Mateo, and/or Santa Clara counties.
- Organizations with strong support from their Board of Directors as evidenced by the percentage who make annual gifts.

Not eligible are:

- Individual public, independent, or parochial schools.
- 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.

Pre-Application Information
The annual deadline for Letters of Inquiry to the Education Grants program is December 1. The Foundation will inform prospective applicants by December 15 if a full proposal is invited. The deadline for a full grant proposal is January 15. All applicants will receive written confirmation of receipt of their proposal. Funding decisions will be communicated in early May.

Applicants who have received an Education Grant from the Fleishhacker Foundation since 2011 need not send a Letter of Inquiry and may proceed to the application process detailed in “Apply” below. Others may email a short Letter of Inquiry with the subject line “Education Grant: LOI” by December 1.

Contact Information
To begin the application process, email a short Letter of Inquiry with the subject line “Education Grant: LOI” to

If your Letter of Inquiry is approved, please apply through the online application portal:

For more information, email:

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


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