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Community Assist Grant

Grants to California Nonprofits for Education and Health Projects
that Benefit Families and Youth in the San Francisco Bay Area

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Sharks Foundation

Deadline Date:

06/14/19 5:00 PM


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Grants to San Francisco Bay area, California nonprofit organizations for programs or projects that benefit families and youth in the areas of safety and health, education, and character development. Priority will be given to programs that place an emphasis on at-risk or underserved populations. Program or project funding must fall within one of the Foundation's focal areas of giving: Healthy Living, Hockey Fights Cancer, Season of Giving, Heroes Appreciation, Character Building, Education, or Environmental Awareness.

- Annually run and have set parameters; usually a subdivision of a non-profit, a service they provide. Programs (examples, not limited to): afterschool services, mentorship programs, reading assistance, backpack or clothing distribution, environmental sustainability, etc.
- There must be an activation component within the campaign month between the organization and the Sharks Foundation. An activation component can include but is not limited to, an onsite check presentation, a volunteer opportunity for Sharks employees, etc.

- Typically, a one-time execution and one-time cost. Projects (examples, not limited to): beautification, upgrade to an existing structure, an installation, street hockey court, playground, bike build, mobile van clinic, etc.
- The groundbreaking date or project completion date must fall during the campaign month for the chosen focus area.

Campaign Months:
October: Healthy Living
- Fitness, wellness, medical (non-cancer) and mental health
November: Hockey Fights Cancer
- Cancer-related patient care, support services, survivor programs
December: Season of Giving
- Basic human services, food, clothing, shelter, holiday events
January: Heroes Appreciation
- Military, police, fire, EMT, doctor/nurse, inspirational youth, outstanding community members
February: Education
- Pre-K thru college, literacy, STEM, music/arts, programs outside school
March: Hockey Is For Everyone
- Character development, diversity, inclusion, mentorship, anti-bullying, leadership, moral character
April: Environmental Awareness
- Beautification, sustainability, recycling, science, world health

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 139979

Estimated Size of Grant:

For programs, the Sharks Foundation will either provide a grant up to $50,000 or make a non-profit the beneficiary of one of the Foundation's 50/50 Raffles. Proceeds from a 50/50 Raffle can range anywhere from $5,000-$30,000+.

The Sharks Foundation will fund projects up to $200,000.

Term of Contract:

Funding must be used by July 31, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To qualify for a grant an organization must:
- Be a public 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization in good standing with the Internal Revenue Service for a minimum of five (5) years
- Provide services to children in need within the San Francisco Bay Area
- Be available for a site visit if selected as a beneficiary
- Adhere to all deadlines and application requirements

100% of grant monies received from the Sharks Foundation are used for the exclusive benefit of youth or youth and their families. 51% of the funding received must directly benefit youth/families in Santa Clara County.

A program must be in existence for a minimum of three (3) years

The Sharks Foundation will not support:
- General operating deficits
- Administrative staff costs (i.e. administrative salaries, training events, etc.)
- Sponsorships or fundraisers of any kind
- Recreational group outings or trips (i.e. sporting events, museums, amusement parks, etc.)
- Capital campaigns
- Endowments or reserve funds
- Grants to individuals, athletic teams or schools, or any associated 501(c)(3) organizations (i.e. PTAs, booster clubs, etc.)
- Organizations outside the San Francisco Bay Area

Pre-Application Information:

- June 14, 2019, at 5:00 PM: Deadline to submit a 2019-20 application.
- June 15-August 2019: Review process
- September 2019: Beneficiaries announced, all applicants notified of status
- September 2019-April 2020: Funds dispersed, site visits & projects break ground/completed

An application will be deemed ineligible if it is incomplete, incorrectly formatted, not submitted by the deadline, submitted by an organization that does not meet the stated criteria or if the purpose for funding falls outside of the stated priorities.

Each organization may only submit one (1) grant application per season.

The Sharks Foundation will not fund any organization for more than three (3) consecutive years. If your group has been selected for a grant for each of the past three seasons, you must wait one year before reapplying.

If you are chosen as a 50/50 Raffle beneficiary, the raffle will take place at a Sharks home game during the month for which focus area you are applying for (ie: if you apply under the Hockey Fights Cancer focus, your organization would be the beneficiary of one of the raffles taking place in November).

Funding must be applied to the costs associated with a specific programming element of the applying organization

Contact Information:

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

525 W. Santa Clara Street
San Jose, CA 95113

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: San Francisco Bay Area