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Sharks Foundation Community Assist Grants

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

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Sharks Foundation

Deadline Date:

06/15/18 5:00 PM


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Grants to San Francisco Bay area, California nonprofit organizations for programs or projects that assist 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, and Environmental Awareness.

Grant Eligibility - to qualify for a grant an application must:
- Fall under one of the focus areas: healthy living, Hockey Fights Cancer, Season of Giving, Service Person Appreciation, education, character development or environmental awareness
- 100% of grant monies received from the Sharks Foundation are used for the exclusive benefit of youth or youth and their families
- Funding must be applied to the costs associated with a specific programming element of the applying organization

- Typically annually run and have set parameters; usually a subdivision of a nonprofit, a service they provide. Programs (examples, not limited to): afterschool services, mentorship programs, reading assistance, backpack or clothing distribution, environmental sustainability, etc.
- If the applicants applies for funding for a program, 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.
* See below for information about campaign months.

- Typically a one-time execution and one-time cost. Projects (examples, not limited to): beautification, upgrade to existing structure, an installation, street hockey court, playground, bike build, mobile van clinic, etc.

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 nonprofit 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 in the amount of $30,000-$200,000.

Term of Contract:

Funding must be used by July 31, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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

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

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:

Applications must be submitted by the Friday, June 15, 2018, 5:00 p.m. deadline.

2018-19 Timeline:
- June 15, 2018: Deadline to submit application
- June 16-August 2018: Review process
- September 2018: Beneficiaries announced, all applicants notified of status
- September 2018-April 2019: Funds dispersed, site visits & projects break ground/completed

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

Grant Application Instructions
- Step 1: Determine if the applicant is applying for funding for a program OR project
- Step 2: Review the 2018-19 Program Grant Cycle Packet OR Project Grant Cycle Packet
- Step 3: Complete the 2018-19 Grant Cycle Worksheet - to be used as an aid for online application
- Step 4: Submit the 2018-19 Community Assist Grant Application - once the applicant begins the online application the work cannot be saved; do not skip steps 2 & 3

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

- If the applicant applies for funding for a project, as part of the grant application the applicant will need to provide a budget and timeline. The groundbreaking date OR project completion date must fall during the campaign month for which focus area one is applying under.

Campaign Months:
- September-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: Character Building: Diversity, inclusion, mentorship, anti-bullying, leadership, moral character
- March: Education: Pre-K thru college, literacy, STEM, music/arts, programs outside school
- April: Environmental Awareness: Beautification, sustainability, recycling, science, world heath

For questions regarding the application process, email the Foundation. Do not send inquiries on the status of a submitted application.

Contact Information:

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

Online Program application:

Online Project application:

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: California: San Francisco Bay Area