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Grants to San Francisco Bay Area, California Nonprofits for Community, Youth and Environment Programs


Geographic Focus

USA: California

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Game Changer Grant

50 Fund, the legacy fund of the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #166241

Grant Description

Grants to California nonprofits in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma Counties for programs in the areas of community investment and sustainable environments. Webinars will be held December 10 and 15.

Community Investment grants will nurture the health, wellbeing and livelihoods of young people and their families through investments in the economic, social and physical infrastructure of their communities. Sustainable Environments grants will build the resiliency of communities by enhancing the connectivity between residents and the natural environment that surrounds them.

The grant program has two phases:

Phase 1: 50 Fund will select up to 4 organizations through an open application process. Each of these organizations will receive a minimum award of $200,000. Recipient organizations will be notified by January 25, 2016.

Phase 2: 50 Fund will curate a campaign aimed at engaging with fans and enabling them to personally contribute towards the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee’s commitment to deliver Super Bowl 50 as a “Net Positive” event for the three weeks leading up to Super Bowl week and during Super Bowl Week itself—particularly in Super Bowl City.

Fans participating in this campaign will be offered the opportunity to direct how an additional $200,000 50 Fund Sustainable Environments Grant Pool is to be allocated between the 4 recipient organizations. Recipient organizations will be notified of their share of the Grant Pool by no later than 7th February 2016.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

• A 501(c)(3) charitable organization with a registered office in the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area
• Propose efforts that directly impact San Francisco Bay Area children, youth, and young adults from birth through 24 years of age who reside in low-income households or high-risk communities, including public systems (e.g. foster care or juvenile justice).
• Have an operating budget of equal to or greater than $1 million in the most recently concluded fiscal year (or tax year 2013, whichever is later).
• Be at least 5 years from the organization’s founding at the time of application and have 3 years of experience in the program for which funding is requested.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Learn more about the 50 Fund Game Changer grant program. Register for one (1) of the following webinars (both will provide the same content):
Thursday, December 10th (1 pm PST). Register at
Tuesday, December 15th (10 am PST). Register at

Pre-Application Information:

Visit to apply.

Applicants may submit one (1) application for each focus area, however grantee organizations may only receive one (1) Game Changer grant. Previous Game Changer grantees are ineligible to receive additional funding.

Additional Funding Information:

Number of Grants:

Up to 8.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $250,000.

Contact Information:

50 Fund
825 Battery Street, 3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111

RFP & Supporting Documents:

Full Grant Text RFP

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

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