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Grants to California Nonprofits for Small
Capital Projects and Capacity Building

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Foundation / Corporation

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Sand Hill Foundation

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Grants of up to $50,000 to California nonprofit organizations for small capital purchases or project-based consulting services for capacity building purposes. Applicants must contact program staff to gain access to the application. Priority consideration will be given to capital investments that:

-Meet an urgent need within the organization
-Are timely and strategic
-Are well researched
-Have a detailed completion plan in place.

Examples of past capital grants include: the costs of an unexpected office move, a new youth group van, technology upgrades, and the build-out of a small-business incubator space. Examples of past capacity building consulting grants include: the design and build-out of an integrated database, expanded evaluation systems for youth programs, and strategic planning and financial modeling following a growth campaign.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181972

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $50,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All 501(c)3 organizations working within the Sand Hill Foundation’s focus areas and geographic scope (San Mateo and northern Santa Clara counties) are eligible. Requests must be locally focused.

Grantees who are currently the recipient of another Sand Hill Foundation grant, with prior approval from the Foundation, may submit a second request for small capital needs.

Grantees who have received two grants in the last year are ineligible for a capital grant.

Pre-Application Information:

In response to the number of grant requests for Small Capital Needs received, the Foundation has established two submission deadlines for 2018 and will issue decisions approximately one month after the submission deadline.

No Letter of Inquiry is required for small capital grants. When you are ready to submit an application, please contact Dominique De Leon, Grants Manager to receive access to the online application portal. Dominique is also available to answer any questions as you prepare your application.

Spring Submissions:
Applications will be accepted between March 1 and March 30, 2018. Decisions will be announced by April 30.

Fall Submissions:
Applications will be accepted between August 1 and August 31, 2018. Decisions will be announced by September 28.

Contact Information:

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

Dominique De Leon, Grants Manager

Sand Hill Foundation
3000 Sand Hill Road, 4-120
Menlo Park, CA 94025

P: 650.854.9310
F: 650.854.8031

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: San Mateo and Northern Santa Clara Counties