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GGS Foundation Grants

Grants to California Nonprofits in San Francisco and Marin Counties
to Promote Healthy Living and Literacy for Children and Youth

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Foundation / Corporation

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GGS Foundation

Deadline Date:

01/18/19 5:00 PM


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Grants to California nonprofit organizations for programs that promote literacy for children in PreK-3, and healthy living for youth in San Francisco and Marin County. Funding may be used for programs that help children form critical thinking skills, prevent substance abuse for middle and/or high school youth, and to empower youth to form healthy relationships. Priority will be given to programs serving San Francisco, though Marin County will also be served to a lesser extent.

The Foundation’s main focus areas are:

-Promoting literacy for children from pre-Kindergarten through third grade, including acquisition of reading, writing, and comprehension skills, and application of literacy skills to critical thinking and self-expression;

The Foundation will consider applications from the following types of organizations:

- Mission-driven literacy organizations* with strong evaluation methods and a proven record of effectiveness. Requests may be for general or program support.
- Community-based organizations that infuse literacy into in-school and/or out-of-school programs, with a particular focus on vulnerable populations (i.e. English Language Learners). Applications will be considered for program support, to strengthen evaluation methods, and/or for projects designed to build collaboration with other literacy programs.

Healthy Living:
- Enabling youth to thrive and live up to their full potential through programs that build resiliency, promote healthy coping strategies, and prevent unhealthy behaviors. Examples of program types include anti-bullying, mentoring (peer and adult), girls’ and boys’ personal development and empowerment, mental health, general health, school gardens and nutrition, and substance abuse prevention.

The Foundation will fund organizations and programs that:

- Serve middle and/or high school youth
- Work with low-income, homeless, and/or foster youth
- Employ sound youth development practices in their programming

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173008

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Foundation supports community-based, non-profit organizations building self-reliance in at-risk or disadvantaged children and youth in San Francisco and, to a lesser extent, Marin County.

GGS Foundation does not make grants to individuals, endowments, events, annual appeals, videos, medical research, capital campaigns, and conferences. The foundation only supports non-sectarian programs.

Pre-Application Information:

The Board meets two times each year (spring and fall) to make grants.

Spring 2019 Meeting:
Proposals will be accepted from Monday, January 7, 2019 through 5 P.M. on Friday, January 18, 2019. Please note that the Foundation is no longer accepting applications for career pathways. Grants issued in May.

Fall 2019 Meeting:
The next submission deadline will likely be in June. Please check the website in early May for the confirmed submission window. The foundation is no longer funding in the Career Pathways program area and will not be accepting applications for these programs. Grants issued in November.

PLEASE NOTE: Applications may only be submitted during the dates listed above.

The foundation utilizes an online grants management portal where applicants can submit requests, file reports, and review their grant history.

As of May 2018, there is an updated application.

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

Apply Online:

Please direct technical questions and feedback about the application process to Jonny Moy, Grants Manager at 415.561.6540 ext. 216 or

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: San Francisco and Marin Counties