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Lawrence Livermore National Security (LLNS) Community Gift Program

Grants to California Nonprofits, Schools,
and Agencies to Enhance K-14 Education

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Lawrence Livermore National Security LLC

Deadline Date:

08/18/17 Midnight Receipt


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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $20,000 to California nonprofit organizations, government agencies, K-12 schools, and community colleges to support education in Tri-Valley communities and surrounding counties. Funding is primarily intended to support projects and programs in the areas of K-14 science, math, and engineering education, as well as public K-14 special needs education, and performing arts programs.

The LLNS Community Gift Program is open to qualifying organizations serving Tri-Valley (Livermore, Amador, and San Ramon valleys), as well as counties surrounding LLNL, including Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Joaquin Counties. Organizations must be sustainable and financially viable and will be asked to account for spending and program results.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 159004

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Gifts range in amounts from $1,000 to $20,000.

Gifts may be requested in the amounts of $1,000, $5,000, $10,000, $15,000, and $20,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations that received gifts in the prior years but did not file an acceptable Gift Accountability Report by the due date are not eligible for the current program.

IRS-qualified 501 (c)(3) entities must be registered with a current status with the State of California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General’s Registry of Charitable Trusts. Status must be verified by the applicant prior to submission and can be done by conducting a search via the online tool provided by the State of California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General:

With the exception of K-14 educational institutions, which are addressed below, each applying organization is limited to one application.

Restrictions on applications from K-14 educational institutions include:

-Applications from public and charter schools must be endorsed by the school Principal or Dean.
-Multiple applications from the same school must be prioritized by the Principal or Dean.
-Applications may be submitted by public and charter schools and the County Offices of Education in Alameda, Contra Costa and San Joaquin Counties, as well as public and charter school educational foundations and PTAs in these Counties. All school related applications, regardless of entry mechanism, require endorsement from the Principal or Dean, as appropriate.
-Faith-based entities may apply, but the gift cannot be used for religious purposes.

The LLNS Community Gift Program receives a high volume of applications each year. Unfortunately, not all applications are eligible for a gift. Following is a list of criteria that will render an application ineligible:

-501(c)(3) organizations not registered as current with the State Attorney General's Registry of Charitable Trusts.
-General administrative, organizational, operating, and advertising costs, and printing of flyers or other publications to generally promote an organization and its services.
-General fund-raising or support for fund-raising events (e.g., walk-a-thons, dinner sponsorships, etc.).
-Organizations that received gift funds in previous years and failed to complete required elements (e.g. completing and returning Accountability Reports to LLNS).
-Food or beverages.
-Home-based child care/educational services.
-Private and/or parochial schools.
-Individual(s) sponsorships of any kind.
-Fraternal, labor, social or athletic associations, organizations or clubs.
-Political or lobbying organizations or those supporting the candidacy of particular individuals.
-Non-US organizations or organizations whose activities are mainly international or national in focus.
-Organizations benefiting or serving animals.
-Building and/or infrastructure improvements.
-Purchases of automobiles, trucks, vans or other modes of transportation.
-Equipment other than scientific or special needs equipment for eligible K-14 schools. “Equipment” includes computers, iPads, tablets, etc. unless the application provides valid justification for the STEM necessity for such purchase(s).

Pre-Application Information:

Submissions received after midnight August 18th will not be considered.

All applicants should expect to be notified of the outcome of their application by October 31, 2017.

Timeline (dates below may be subject to change):
-Monday, May 15, 2017: gift call
-Friday, August 18, 2017: gift applications due
-TBD: gift awards presented
-Friday, December 8, 2017: Accountability Reports due

Contact Information:

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: Tr-Valley (Livermore, Amador, and San Ramon Valleys, and Counties surrounding LLNL, including Alameda, Contra Costa and San Joaquin Counties