FAQs

Applying for a Grant

Frequently Asked Questions

  • 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.
  • We do not accept unsolicited proposals.  However, unsolicited online Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year.  If your LOI submission meets our criteria and aligns with our strategies, you will be invited to submit a full application.

  • The Foundation no longer accepts unsolicited requests for sponsorships.

  • We do not accept requests from projects or organizations based outside Santa Clara County, unless the grant will directly benefit Latinos in this county.

  • Your organization or fiscal sponsor must be a certified tax-exempt 501c3 nonprofit organization that operates programs in or provides services to residents of Santa Clara County. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • You will receive a brief email acknowledging receipt of your application and confirming whether it was complete or incomplete.

  • 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. 

  • Awards range from $1,000 to $25,000 with most grants in the $5,000 – $10,000 range. Grants in the range of $15,000 – $25,000 are rare and usually reserved for grantees who have well-established relationships with the Foundation.

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