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Grants to California Nonprofits to Enhance the Lives of Families and Youth in Eligible Regions

Community Assist Grants


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Geographic Focus
USA: California: Bay Area

Important Dates
Deadline: 06/01/23 5:00 PM PT Save

Grant Description
Grants to California nonprofit organizations in eligible regions for programs that benefit families and youth in the community. Special emphasis is placed on underserved and at-risk populations and on the issues of health and safety, education, and character development. Proposals must fall within one of the following areas of focus: Latinx and Hispanic Heritage, Healthy Living, Hockey Fights Cancer, Holiday Assist, Education, Black History, Equality, Environmental Awareness, Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage, or Pride. Eligible applicants serve the Bay Area.

The Sharks Foundation continually seeks deep and impactful relationships with the non-profits they support; as such, there should be an activation component within the campaign month under which the applicant is applying between their organization and the Sharks Foundation. 

Campaign Months/Giving Campaign:

  • September: Latinx and Hispanic Heritage - Celebrating the history and culture of the Latinx and Hispanic communities, support of the Latinx and Hispanic community
  • October: Healthy Living - Fitness, wellness, medical (non-cancer), and mental health
  • November: Hockey Fights Cancer - Cancer-related patient care, support services, survivor programs 
  • December: Holiday Assist - Basic human services, food, clothing, shelter, holiday programs
  • January: Education - Pre-K thru college, literacy, STEM, music/arts, programs outside the school
  • February: Black History - Education, support services, anti-racism work, honoring important people and events in black history, etc. 
  • March: Equality - In line with the leaguewide principle that Hockey is for Everyone, this campaign focuses on driving positive social change and fostering more inclusive communities by supporting non-profits focused on the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion for all, such as, but not limited to, female mentorship and women/girl empowerment, LGBTQIA+, BIPOC, disabled and special needs communities. While we recognize and prioritize Equality and the Hockey is For Everyone Initiative all year, we take the month of March to highlight and celebrate the work. 
  • April: Environmental Awareness - Beautification, sustainability, recycling, science, world health
  • May: Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage - Celebrating Asian and Pacific Islanders, anti-AAPI violence, and support of the API community
  • June: Pride - Equal justice and opportunity for the LGBTQIA+ community, supporting awareness, history, and allyship


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Organization Eligibility - to qualify for a grant, an organization must:
- Be a public, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization in good standing with the Internal Revenue - Service for a minimum of 5 years
- Be in existence for a minimum of 3 years
- Provide services to children/families in need within the Bay Area

The Sharks Foundation will not support:
- General operating deficits
- Sponsorships of fundraisers
- Endowments or reserve funds
- PTAs, booster clubs, donations to individuals
- Organizations outside the Bay Area that cannot keep 51% or more of funding in the Bay Area

Pre-Application Information
- June 1, 2023, 5:00 PM PT: Deadline to submit an online application
- June-August 2023: Review process
- September 2023: Applicants that applied under a campaign month that falls between September and December will be notified of their status.
- By January 2024: Applicants that applied under a campaign month focal area that falls between January and June will be notified of their status.
- September 2023-June 2024: Funds dispersed and site visits/activations take place

- To keep the process unbiased, the Sharks Foundation will not host meetings with non-profits while the grant cycle is open to discuss a non-profit's program or project idea - applicants may reach out to the funder via email for specific application questions.
- Each organization may submit one application per season.

Estimated Size of Grant
Funding requests can range from $10,000 to $200,000.

Term of Contract
Funding must be used by July 1, 2024.

Contact Information
Online application:

Mailing Address:
Sharks Foundation
525 W. Santa Clara Street
San Jose, CA 95113

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