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Bothin Foundation Grant

Grants to California Nonprofits in Eligible Areas for Capital Projects
that Benefit Low-Income Families or Individuals with Disabilities

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Deadline Date:

06/28/19 5:00 PM


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Grants ranging between $5,000 and $50,000 to California nonprofit organizations in eligible counties for capital investment projects that benefit low-income families, people with disabilities, and disadvantaged children and youth.

Applicants must be direct service organizations serving at least 50% low-income families or children (exception: for programs that serve those with disabilities exclusively, disability status and low-income status are given equal weight). The projects must be durable capital investments that directly impact clients and have an immediate need and/or are time sensitive.

Types of Grants:

- Building Renovation Grants: The Foundation will fund any contracted labor directly associated with the project. This could include labor for removal or installation of materials or the hiring of expertise needed to complete the project, such as engineers or contractors.

- Technology Grants: The Foundation prioritizes requests to purchase equipment that will be used by program participants.
Technology grants to support an organization’s infrastructure (e.g., servers, computers for staff use, phone systems) are generally one-time grants.

- Vehicle Projects: The Foundation prioritizes vehicle purchases that transport.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 158086

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants may be requested in the range of $5,000 to $50,000 based on need.

Term of Contract:

Successful Grant Applications will be for capital projects that can be completed within 12 months of receiving a grant (Please keep this timeline in mind when considering the best time to apply for a grant);

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

In order to be eligible for a grant from the Bothin Foundation, applicants must meet ALL of the following criteria:

- Be a public charity operating under an IRS 501(c)(3) status or be fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) organization
- Serve significant numbers of the residents of San Francisco, Marin, Sonoma, and/or San Mateo Counties
- Provide direct service to disadvantaged children and youth, low-income families, and/or people with disabilities
- Have not received a grant from the Foundation in the last three full years


- For Building Renovation grants: The Foundation does NOT fund staff time for project management
- For Technology grants: The Foundation does not fund website development project or software
- For Vehicle Projects: Insurance, gas, advertising on van (wrap-around printing), and warranties are not covered by grants.
- Grants are not made to individuals, religious organizations (except for non-sectarian programs), or K-12 schools that do not exclusively serve children with learning differences and developmental disabilities.
- The Foundation generally does not fund hospitals. Occasionally, it will make exceptions for public and county hospitals and community clinics.
- The Foundation does not fund endowment drives, events, general operating expenses, annual appeals, videos, medical research, or scholarships.

Pre-Application Information:

The Bothin Foundation board meets three times throughout the year to make grant decisions – in the winter (January/ February), spring/ summer (May/ June), and fall (October/ November).

The new proposal icon can only be accessed during the open submission dates below. Applications may only be submitted during the dates listed. Do not attempt to submit an application prior to the submission start date or you might lose your work.

Submission Dates for 2019:

Winter Meeting: October 22 – November 2, 2018 (Decisions will be sent end of February 2019)

Spring Meeting: January 28 – February 8, 2019 (Decisions will be sent end of May 2019)

Fall Meeting: June 17 – 28, 2019 (Decisions will be sent end of October 2019)

All applications are due at 5:00 pm on the final date of the submission window.

Note: if the budget for the capital project you are proposing exceeds the amount you are requesting from the Bothin Foundation, please complete the Funder Worksheet.

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Application procedures:


Contact Information:

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

If you are not sure if your request is aligned with the focus areas, please contact:
Judi Powell, Senior Program Officer
415.561.6540 ext. 233

Please direct technical questions and feedback about the application process to:
Wendy Yu Einhorn, Grants Manager
415.561.6540 ext. 212

Bothin Foundation
1660 Bush Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94109

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: San Francisco, Marin, Sonoma, and/or San Mateo Counties