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Kimball Foundation Grant

Grants to California Nonprofits for Programs
to Benefit Local Students and Youth

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Foundation / Corporation

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Deadline Date:

04/30/21 5:00 PM PT


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Grants to California nonprofit organizations for programs to benefit local students and youth in eligible counties. Funding is intended to support vocational and workplace training, access to higher education, and environmental and cultural programming for the residents of Sonoma, San Mateo, Marin, and San Francisco counties, and to a limited extent Santa Clara County as far south as Palo Alto.

The Foundation prioritizes support of organizations that encompass community service for low-income youth within the program areas below, and prefers to receive requests for specific projects and programs that focus on the following:

  • College Access and Persistence, ensuring that students who come from low-income backgrounds persist on a pathway through secondary school and into and through two- or four-year college with the support of high-quality academic and college-bound programs.
  • Workplace Success, providing youth who face significant obstacles to employment with comprehensive training and services that prepare them for job placement with increased earnings potential.
  • Cultural Enrichment, providing students with equal access to participatory arts education to foster an appreciation of the arts while promoting community engagement through cultural experiences.
  • Environmental Education, providing youth with high engagement programs that provide outdoor experiential, wilderness, and environmental science education

For more information on each focus area, see

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GrantWatch ID#: 161165

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Foundation supports:
- Public charities operating under an IRS 501(c)(3) status or fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) organization;
- Organizations serving the residents of San Francisco, Marin, San Mateo, and Sonoma counties, and limited to Palo Alto in Santa Clara County

The Foundation does not support medical research, individuals, endowments, events, annual appeals, or religious organizations other than those providing non-sectarian services to the community.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Open Q&A Session

The Kimball Foundation staff will be hosting an open-ended informational session for new or potential applicants to get clarification on eligibility, guidelines, or priorities, or ask any other questions on April 13, 2021 from 3:00 – 4:00 pm PST. Please RSVP to Jonny Moy at jmoy@pfs for the Zoom information.

Pre-Application Information:

Submission Dates:
- Winter 2020 Board Meeting: September 14 – 25, 2020 (Grants awarded in December)
- Spring 2021 Board Meeting: November 30 – December 11, 2020 (Grants Awarded in March)
- Summer 2021 Board Meeting: April 19 – 30, 2021 (Grants awarded in July)

The Foundation will accept proposal submissions for consideration three times a year. Please check the website often as dates can fluctuate. Applications are due at 5 p.m. Pacific Time on the last day of the submission period. The new proposal icon can only be accessed during the open submission dates below. You will not be allowed to begin an application prior to the submission open dates.

The Foundation employs the following “rest year” policy: organizations that receive four years of consecutive funding need to take a one-year rest before receiving additional support.

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

Please direct technical questions and feedback about the application process to:

Jonny Moy, Grants Manager

The Kimball Foundation
1660 Bush Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94109


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