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Grants to Greater Bay Area, California Nonprofit Organizations
that Serve the Korean-American Community

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Korean American Community Foundation of San Francisco (KACF-SF)

Deadline Date:

09/24/18 5:00 PM Postmarked


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Grants ranging from $10,000 to $30,000 to Greater Bay Area, California nonprofits that serve the needs of the Korean-American community. Priority is placed on programs that address the critical needs of disadvantaged youth, the elderly, survivors of domestic violence and other forms of violence, immigrants, and low-income individuals and families. Program areas include physical and mental health, senior care and empowerment, safety, and youth empowerment.

KACF-SF is particularly interested in organizations that:
-Are addressing the critical needs of under-served and under-resourced communities;
-Are working with Korean Americans either as a target population or within the larger group of constituents served by the organization/program;
-Are seeking to expand their outreach to and/or work with the Korean American community;
-Are engaged in partnerships with other community organizations and stakeholders;
-Are measuring and documenting quantitative and qualitative outcomes;
-Have successful or innovative program/service models that can be replicated; and
-Can clearly articulate how KACF-SF’s grant will advance their work.

KACF-SF provides grants for general operating and program-specific support.

Program Areas:

Physical & Mental Health

KACF-SF funds organizations and programs working to help individuals and families to improve physical and mental health. The Foundation is particularly interested in organizations and programs that are focused on providing mental health counseling and support services, access to health insurance and benefits, community education on health and wellness, and support services to promote socio-emotional health of individuals with physical, mental, and developmental disabilities and their families.

Senior Care & Empowerment

KACF-SF supports organizations and programs that help seniors become self-sufficient and offer comprehensive support including but not limited to English as Second Language, access to government benefits, and group activities that promote socio-emotional and physical well-being. Particular consideration will be given to programs that engage Korean American seniors not as service recipients but as active participants in their community, as well as programs that have an inter-generational model.


KACF-SF supports organizations and programs that are working to help survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and trafficking to achieve emotional and physical safety. The Foundation is particularly interested in programs that are focused on counseling, comprehensive support services, and community education and advocacy focused on prevention and victims' rights.

Youth Empowerment

KACF-SF supports organizations and programs that promote healthy decision-making and empowerment to young people up to age 21. The Foundation is particularly interested in organizations and programs that promote skills-based learning, critical thinking skills, leadership, community service and engagement, and academic achievement, including access to post-secondary education. Additionally, KACF-SF seeks to support programs that provide continuity, structure, a sense of group membership, peer learning and opportunities to lead. Particular consideration will be given to programs that serve low-income youth.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173766

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants typically range from $10,000 to $30,000 per year. Maximum grant amount is $30,000 per year.

Term of Contract:

Organizations may apply for a one-year or two-year grant. KACF-SF will award a limited number of two-year grants in 2018.

Grant Year: December 15, 2018 thru December 14, 2019

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

KACF-SF will consider organizations that:
-Are a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or have a fiscal sponsor that is 501(c)(3);
-Are located within the greater Bay Area;
-Have an operational history of at least 6 months;
-Have an established and working Board of Directors; and
-Have filed IRS Form 990 and/or audited financials.

General operating support is available only to organizations with a budget of $1 million or less.

KACF-SF does NOT provide funding for:
-Capital fund projects
-Fundraising events
-Feasibility studies
-Real estate purchases
-National or international organizations
-Public or private schools, colleges, or universities
-Political causes or campaigns to elect candidates to public office
-Programs that do not comply with Federal, state, or local equal employment statutes
-Organizations that are based outside the greater Bay Area.

Note: Two-year grants are not available for general operating support.

Pre-Application Information:

Application deadline: 5:00 p.m. on Monday, September 24, 2018

All applications must also be submitted electronically as a single PDF file. Email header: 2018 KACF-SF Grant Application.

Initial review notification: Early October 2018

Site visits: October 2018

Notification of grant awards: Week of December 10, 2018


Contact Information:

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

For general information about KACF-SF’s grantmaking priorities and process, please contact:
(650) 656-5705 (In Korean and English)

The complete application packet should be addressed to:
55 East 3rd Avenue
San Mateo, CA 94401

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: Greater Bay Area