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Community Assist Grants

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

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Sharks Foundation

Deadline Date:

06/18/21 5:00 PM PST


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Grants to California nonprofit organizations in eligible areas to enhance the lives of local residents. Funding is intended to benefit youth and families, with priority given to at-risk and underserved populations. Program or project funding must fall within one of the Foundation's focus areas of giving: Latinx and Hispanic Heritage, Healthy Living, Hockey Fights Cancer, Holiday Assist, Education, Black History, Gender Equality, Environmental Awareness, Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage, or Pride. Eligible applicants are located in and serve the San Fransisco Bay area.

Grant Categories:

1. Program Funding: Programs are annually run and have set parameters; usually a subdivision of a nonprofit, it is a service they provide. Program examples (not limited to):

  • Afterschool services 
  • Mentorship programs
  • Reading assistance 
  • Environmental sustainability 

When a non-profit applies for program funding, they are putting their name in the running for various fundraising opportunities during the year, including but not limited to 50/50 Raffles, Goals for Kids, Mystery Pucks, Events, etc. The Sharks Foundation will assign the type of funding to a nonprofit based on recommendations from the grant review committees and the Foundation's discretion. 

2. Project Grants: An activation or project is typically a one-time execution and one-time cost. Examples (not limited to):

  • Beautification/clean-up project
  • Upgrades to an existing structure or installation of a new structure
  • Bike build
  • Educational vehicle retrofitting 
  • Home renovation
  • Clothing or food packing/distribution
  • Playground build

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 139979

Estimated Size of Grant:

Proceeds from a 50/50 Raffle can range anywhere from $3,500-$30,000+.

The Sharks Foundation provides project grants up to $200,000.

Term of Contract:

Funding must be used by July 1, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organization Eligibility - to qualify 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 5 years
- A program must be in existence for a minimum of 3 years
- Provide services to youth and families 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

Application Eligibility - to qualify an application must:
- Fall under one of the focus areas: Latinx and Hispanic Heritage, Healthy Living, Hockey Fights Cancer, Holiday Assist, Education, Black History, Gender Equality, Environmental Awareness, Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage, or Pride
- 100% of grant funding 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 the Bay Area
- Funding must be applied to the costs associated with a specific programming element of the applying organization

The Sharks Foundation will not support:
- General operating deficits
- Sponsorships of fundraisers of any kind
- Endowments or reserve funds
- PTAs, booster clubs
- Organizations outside the San Francisco Bay Area that cannot keep 51% or more of funding local (in the Bay Area)

Pre-Application Information:

- May 17: Community Assist Grant cycle opens
- June 18, 5 pm PST: Deadline to submit an online application (applicants must hit the "submit" button before the deadline)
- June 18-August 31: Review process
- September 2021: Applicants will be notified of status
- September 2021-June 2022: Funds dispersed, site visits, and projects break

Each organization may submit one application per cycle.

Goals for Kids program:


Contact Information:

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

Project Application:

Program Application:

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

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USA: California: San Francisco Bay Area

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