Frequently Asked Questions
What are the Foundation’s focus areas and funding priorities?
The Foundation recently completed a strategic planning process to further refine our focus areas and funding strategies. We support local organizations that enlist the following strategies to positively impact the lives of Latinos in Santa Clara County, especially youth and females.
Strategies that Promote Latino arts and culture
- Community arts programs, especially those engaged with and designed for youth.
- Capacity-building to help Latino-focused arts organizations sustain, expand, or improve their arts programming for the broader community.
- Support for Latino artists and performances.
Strategies that Enable low-income, at-risk or incarcerated Latino youth achieve their education goals
- Summer Bridge, mentoring, and tutoring programs.
- Scholarship programs that promote retention and follow up.
- Programs that foster parent/family awareness and knowledge of college requirements, academic supports, and academic socialization of their children.
- Out-of-school programs that improve reading, writing and math skills.
- Programs that encourage learning, address the education deficits of these youth, and provide social service supports for their families.
Strategies that promote Latino leadership and diversity
- Leadership development programs focused on Latinas and youth.
- Training/education programs designed to increase the diversity of local non-profit boards.
- Collaborate with non-profit partners to create or expand paid internships for Latinos.
Do you accept unsolicited proposals?
We do not accept unsolicited proposals and we will no longer accept grant requests from new applicants. Applicants who have received a prior grant from the foundation are invited to submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) by the due date for each grant cycle. If your LOI submission is approved, you will be invited to submit a full application.
Can I apply for sponsorship of an event?
The Foundation no longer accepts unsolicited requests for sponsorships.
Will you consider requests from outside your target geographical area?
We do not accept requests from projects or organizations based outside Santa Clara County, unless the grant will directly benefit Latinos in this county.
What types of organizations are eligible to apply for a grant?
Only organizations that have received a prior grant from the foundation are eligible to apply. We will no longer accept grant requests from new applicants. Applicants must be certified as a tax-exempt 501c3 organization that operates programs in or provides services to residents of Santa Clara County (or have a fiscal sponsor with the same qualifications).
When can I submit a request?
Applicants are encouraged to submit their requests prior to the deadline to facilitate timely processing. The number of requests that can be processed during each grant cycle is limited, so requests are prioritized on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Can I revise my application once it’s been submitted?
Only if requested to do so by the Foundation’s staff. Incomplete applications that are missing the required attachments and supporting documents or those submitted after the deadline may be rejected or postponed for consideration in the next grant cycle.
How will I know that you received my application?
Upon submission, you will receive an email acknowledging receipt of your application. You will receive a similar email notification once your LOI or application has been reviewed.
Do we need to demonstrate other financial support for the organization and/or project?
Yes. One of the required attachments is a budget template which outlines pending and committed sources of support. Requests for which the Foundation is the only funding source are given less favorable consideration than those that have funding commitments from other sources.
What is the minimum or maximum grant awarded by the Foundation?
There is no minimum grant size. However, beginning July 1, 2017, the foundation has established a maximum grant award of $5,000 for all applicants. Multiyear grants or larger awards will be limited to long-term grantee organizations that strategically align with the foundation’s mission and strategies.
Interested applicants should register online to submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) as the first step in the application process. If your organization meets our eligibility criteria and your project aligns with our strategies, you will receive an email invitation to complete the online application.
Next Application Deadline
New! Beginning July 1, 2017 the foundation will only consider grant requests during two grant cycles a year in the fall (August - October) and spring (February - April). The specific due dates for each cycle will be posted at least 30 days in advance of a deadline.