Grants to Support San Mateo County - Atkinson Foundation

The Atkinson Foundation provides opportunities for individuals in San Mateo County to attain their highest potential in areas of educational, social, and economic life; to assist their efforts to become independent and self-sufficient; and to generally improve the quality of their lives. The Foundation supports organizations that provide direct services to residents of San Mateo County, with primary consideration given to programs that benefit: children, youth, and families; immigrants; the elderly; those who are economically at-risk; people with mental and/or physical health conditions; those recovering from addiction; those affected by physical abuse.


Deadline to apply

Friday, November 1, 2019

Award Amount Range

Most grants range between $5,000 and $15,000.

Eligibility & Guidelines

  • All grants to nonprofit organizations should provide direct services to the residents of San Mateo County, California.

  • The foundation distributes approximately one million in grants each year.

  • Most grants range between $5,000 and $15,000.

  • Proposal deadlines are as follows: February 1, May 1, August 1 and November 1.

  • Grant award decisions are made quarterly by the Board of Directors (usually in March, June, September and December).

  • If a proposal has been declined, organizations must wait one year to reapply for funding.

  • All grants are one-year grants.

  • An applicant will usually not receive more than one grant in a 12-month period.

  • 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.

Additional Information

To learn more about the grantmaking priorities and restrictions, visit foundation’s website.

How to Apply

The foundation has launched an online grants management portal where grantseekers can submit requests and review their own grants history online, in order to streamline the application process.