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

Community Assist Grants

Sharks Foundation

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #139979

Grant Description

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Grants to California nonprofit organizations in eligible areas for programs and projects that serve families, children, and youth. There is a special emphasis on at-risk and underrepresented populations. 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.

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 putting their name in the running for various fundraising opportunities provided by the Sharks Foundation during the course of the year. The Sharks Foundation will assign the type of funding to a non-profit based on recommendations from the grant review committee and the Foundation's discretion. Non-profits selected for funding will be designated one of the avenues below as determined by the Sharks Foundation:

  • 50/50 Raffle: Proceeds from a 50/50 Raffle can range anywhere from $3,000-$10,000+. If you are chosen as a beneficiary, the raffle will take place at a Sharks home game during the month for which focal area you are applying for (ie: if you applied under the Hockey Fights Cancer focus and have been selected, your organization would be a 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 ideally, be able to provide 5-10 volunteers to assist sellers and amplify your mission on your assigned game date. Click here to learn more about the 50/50 Raffle. 
  • Fundraisers: Auctions, Mystery Pucks, Foundation events, etc. Click here to learn about Sharks Foundation fundraisers. 

Project Grants:

A project is typically a one-time execution and one-time cost. Examples (not limited to):

  • Clothing or food packing/distribution 
  • Holiday gift giving 
  • Beautification/clean-up project
  • Upgrades to an existing structure or installation of a new structure
  • Bike build
  • Vehicle retrofitting 
  • Home renovation

If you apply under this category, you must provide a budget and timeline that will become contractually binding if your project is approved. Proposals should offer a volunteer opportunity for Sharks staff/partners to be involved. The volunteer opportunity, groundbreaking date, or project completion date must fall within the campaign month for which focal area you are applying. 

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Whether you are seeking program/organization amplification, volunteer support, monetary donations, or any other type of partnership, non-profits must apply for a Community Assist Grant as the first step to establish a relationship with the Sharks Foundation.

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
- A program must be in existence for a minimum of 3 years
- Provide services to children/families in need within the Bay Area
- Be available for a site visit if selected as a beneficiary
- Adhere to all deadlines and application requirements

The Sharks Foundation will not support:
- General operating deficits
- Sponsorships of fundraisers of any kind, tradeshows, festivals, workshops, etc.
- 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:

2022-23 Grant Cycle Opens April 15

- June 1 (5 p.m. PT): Deadline to submit online application
- June-August: Review process
- September: Applicants notified of status
- September-June: Funds dispersed; site visits & projects break ground/complete

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 - you may reach out to the Foundation via email for specific application questions.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

Program grants can range from $2,000-$15,000+.
The Sharks Foundation provides project grants up to $200,000.

Term of Contract:

Funding must be used by July 1, 2023

Contact Information:

Program Funding Application:

Project Grant Application:

If you are interested in a playground build, please apply with the Foundation's community partner KABOOM! by clicking here:

For questions about the application or application process, email

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