SVCF believes that all residents of Silicon Valley should have the power to engage in civic affairs and the public decisions that directly affect their lives. Our goal is to inspire greater civic participation throughout the region and to ensure our democracy represents the voices and perspectives of all people. SVCF has chosen to focus this grant opportunity on the following:
Supporting voter engagement projects that reach underrepresented communities in advance of elections and educate infrequent or first time voters about issues on the ballot as well as their own voting rights.
Increasing civic education opportunities for youth and recent immigrants so that they understand how government works and can become effective advocates around issues that impact their communities.
Creating new models of engagement which make it easier for underrepresented communities to engage in civic life and influence policy.
Projects that support recent voter and redistricting reforms to ensure fair representation at the local level will also be considered for funding. By using an RFP approach, SVCF aims to solicit the best thinking of nonprofit service providers, public sector agencies, research institutions and other entities serving San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.
Deadline to apply
Friday, October 4, 2019, 11:59 pm
Award Amount Range
Up to $100,000 will be awarded to nonprofit organizations, research institutions, and local governments. Applicants should include a budget narrative that makes clear the necessity of the project’s specific line-items. Please note that project proposal narratives may be posted publicly on our website to reflect our value of transparency and encourage learning among grantees, future applicants and the community at large.
Eligibility & Guidelines
Organizations serving San Mateo and/or Santa Clara counties. Organizations headquartered outside the two-county region may apply but should demonstrate significant service to these areas or partner with a local organization that can.
Organizations with a 501(c)(3) designation, those that have a fiscal sponsor with a 501(c)(3) designation, public agencies, collaborations of nonprofit and public agencies, or other entities that have a designated charitable purpose.
Organizations that do not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, citizenship status, creed, religion, religious affiliation, age, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, veteran status or any other protected status.
Organizations with religious affiliations will be considered for funding only if the project for which they seek support addresses the needs of the wider community without regard to religious beliefs.
Grantees will be expected to meet SVCF’s reporting and evaluation requirements as well as be willing and available to talk with SVCF staff and donor advisors if requested. Grantees will also be asked to participate in periodic meetings to share information on project successes, challenges and lessons learned to further the overall program goals of this RFP.
How to Apply
Apply here on Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s website.