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Community Assist Grant

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

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Sharks Foundation

Deadline Date:

05/17/20 Noon


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Grants to California nonprofit organizations in eligible locations to enhance the lives of families and youth. Priority is given to proposals that place an emphasis on at-risk and underserved populations. Program or project funding must fall within one of the Foundation's focal areas of giving: Healthy Living, Hockey Fights Cancer, Holiday Assist, Heroes appreciation, Education, Hockey is For Everyone, and Environmental Awareness. Organizations must be in the San Fransisco Bay area.

1. Program Funding:

Programs are annually run and have set parameters; usually a subdivision of a non-profit, 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 applying to become a 50/50 Raffle beneficiary, Goals for Kids recipient or Sharks Foundation fundraiser beneficiary. The Sharks Foundation will assign the type of funding to a non-profit based on recommendations from the grant review committees and the Foundation's discretion. In an ongoing effort to deepen relationships with our non-profit partners and increase impact, the Foundation is no longer providing traditional grats and instead are looking for reciprocal, multifaceted relationships. Non-profits selected for funding will be designated one of three avenues below as determined by the Sharks Foundation:

  • 50/50 Raffle
    • 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). To receive 50/50 funding, your non-profit organization must have a California chapter and be able to provide 6-12 volunteers to assist our sellers on your assigned game date. 
  • Goals for Kids:
    For more information on Goals for Kids, visit:
  • Sharks Fundraisers 
    • Specialty Auctions, Mystery Pucks, Beer Booths, partial proceeds from a foundation event, etc. 

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
  • Street hockey court
  • Playground
  • Bike build
  • Educational vehicle retrofitting 
  • Home renovation
  • Clothing or food packing/distribution

Campaign Months:

  • October: Healthy Living
  • November: Hockey Fights Cancer
  • December: Holiday Assist
  • January: Heroes Appreciation
  • February: Education
  • March: Hockey Is For Everyone
  • April: Environmental Awareness

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 139979

Estimated Size of Grant:

For programs, the Sharks Foundation will either provide a grant up to $30,000 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 $3,500-$30,000+.

Term of Contract:

Funding must be used by July 31, 2021.

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 (established in/before April 2017)
-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: Healthy Living, Hockey Fights Cancer, Holiday Assist, Heroes Appreciation, Education, Hockey Is For Everyone, or Environmental Awareness
-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 Santa Clara county
-Funding must be applied to the costs associated with a specific programming element of the applying organization

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline to apply online is Sunday, May 17, 2020 by clicking the “submit” button before noon
-April 17: Community Assist Grant cycle opens
-May 17, 12:00 p.m.: Deadline to submit online application
-May 18-August 31: Review process
-September: Applicants will be notified of status
-October 2020-April 2021: Funds dispersed, site visits & projects break ground/complete

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).

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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