In 2016, The San Bruno Community Foundation created the Community Grants Fund. This responsive grantmaking program allows local community groups to apply for grants of up to $25,000 to support new or existing programs that benefit the San Bruno community.
Funded by a portion of the restitution funds resulting from the City of San Bruno's settlement with Pacific Gas & Electric Company following the 2010 gas pipeline explosion that devastated San Bruno's Crestmoor neighborhood, the Community Grants Fund invests in the many local organizations that form the lifeblood of the San Bruno community.
The Community Grants Fund operates annually. With a $100,000 grant from YouTube and Google.org, the Foundation plans to award multiple grants totaling $300,000 at the end of 2019 for projects taking place in 2020.
Deadline to apply
Wednesday, September 25, 2019, at 5:00 pm
Award Amount Range
Grants to an organization will not exceed $25,000 in a grant cycle.
Eligibility & Guidelines
The Community Grants Fund is generally open to the following types of organizations that engage in activities to benefit the San Bruno community:
501(c)(3)* public charities
501(c)(4), 501(c)(5), and 501(c)(6) organizations that meet the public support tests described in 509(a)(2)
Governmental units that are described in 170(b)(1)(A)
The Foundation offers two types of grant funding:
Programmatic Support (including one-time projects, ongoing programs, or capital projects)
Capacity-Building Support (to assist Applicant Organization in carrying out its mission more effectively)
The Foundation will not directly fund the following: (1) existing deficits, (2) direct contributions to restricted endowments, (3) lobbying or political activity, and (4) religious activity that government agencies are legally prohibited from funding.
Applications must be for programs that (1) benefit the San Bruno community and (2) fall within one of the Foundation’s focus areas:
Publicly owned community facilities
Community health and safety
Sports and recreation
Public spaces, parks, and open space
Human and social services for all
Intra-San Bruno transit
Healthy, stable, and affordable housing
The Foundation has embraced an inclusive definition of “community” to include those who live, work, attend school, and utilize community and commercial resources in San Bruno.
To learn about the Community Grants Fund, eligibility requirements, program guidelines, and application process, attend an optional workshop to be held at San Bruno City Hall, Room 115, 567 El Camino Real on:
Tuesday, August 20, 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Monday, September 9, 6:00 - 7:00 pm
To learn more about the grantmaking priorities and restrictions, visit foundation’s website.
How to Apply
The Community Grant Application Packet must be submitted online. Go to https://www.sbcf.org/grant-application for the link to the online Application.