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Atkinson Foundation Grant

Grants to San Mateo County, California Nonprofits,
Schools, and Churches to Serve Those In Need

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Grants ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 to San Mateo County, California nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and faith-based organizations for programs and projects that benefit local residents. Primary consideration will be given to organizations that benefit:

- Children, youth, and families; immigrants, the elderly, and the ill; those who are economically at-risk; people with mental and/or physical disabilities; those suffering from drug, alcohol, or physical abuse. Services include: enrichment programs, counseling, rehabilitation, job training, respite and child care, family planning, health education, and programs that meet basic human needs.

- Schools, community colleges, adult and vocational schools, and related organizations serving the needs of students in San Mateo County. Services include: counseling, remedial and/or enrichment activities, scholarship programs, day care, health and vocational education.

- Church-related organizations serving the spiritual, material, and social welfare needs of individuals and families in San Mateo County. Selected support for ecumenical efforts and theological education.

The Atkinson Foundation hopes to provide opportunities for individuals to attain their highest potential in areas of educational, social, and economic life; to assist their efforts to become independent and self-sufficient; and generally to improve the quality of their lives.

Organizations and specific requests for funding are reviewed favorably if the organization demonstrates cooperation with other service providers, has diverse and broad-based support from the community, and has the potential for replication.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175740

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Estimated Size of Grant:

The foundation distributes approximately one million in grants each year. Most grants range between $5,000 and $15,000. Grant amounts vary depending on an organization’s size, project, and need.

Term of Contract:

All grants are one-year grants.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible organizations must meet the following guidelines to be considered for grant funding. The foundation supports:

- Public charities operating under an IRS 501(c)(3) status or fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) organization.
- All grants to nonprofit, education or church organizations should provide direct services to the residents of San Mateo County, California.
- If a proposal has been declined, organizations are kindly asked to wait one year to reapply for funding.
- The Atkinson Foundation seeks to provide both ongoing support for effective nonprofits, and to acknowledge and support new and promising organizations. To achieve this goal, the Foundation employs the following “pause year” policy: any organization that receives three years of consecutive funding must take a one-year break before applying again for funding.

Please note: As of January 2018, the Foundation no longer accepts proposals from organizations working internationally. The current focus of the Foundation is on its long-standing effort to fund organizations addressing community needs in San Mateo County. Therefore, proposals will only be accepted from organizations serving San Mateo County.

Note: An applicant will usually not receive more than one grant in a 12-month period. The Foundation employs the following “pause year” policy: any organization that receives three years of consecutive funding must take a one-year rest before receiving additional support.

The Foundation does not support research, individuals, events, annual appeals, advocacy efforts, sports group sponsorship, or statewide/national umbrella organizations.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Procedures:

New applicants are welcome to call the foundation to determine if their organization is within guidelines before submitting a proposal.

Submission deadlines are February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1. Requests received after any deadline will be considered in the next quarter. Grant decisions are issued quarterly in March, June, September, and December. If a proposal has been declined, organizations must wait one year to reapply for funding.

An applicant can expect prompt notification once a decision has been reached. Do not hesitate to call the Foundation if you have any questions about the grant making cycle or process.

For your convenience, please download the Proposal Overview from the Supporting Documents section below, which outlines the information you will need and questions you’ll be asked in the online 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.

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Contact Information:

For questions regarding program work and funding eligibility, please contact Stefani Willis, Program Officer, at or 415.561.6540 ext. 245.

For questions regarding the grantee portal and online application, please contact Stacey Angeles, Grants Manager, at or 415.561.6540 ext. 240.

Mailing Address:

Atkinson Foundation
1660 Bush Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94109

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: San Mateo County