Who: If you are enrolled at Aim High, you can apply for a scholarship to learn something new!


What: You can apply for up to $250 to cover the cost of a class or program you want to do (things like dance classes, music lessons, sports teams, art courses, outdoor activities, and more). This activity should begin in the Fall after Aim High but no later than October 31, 2019.


When: For the following sites applications must be submitted no later than 3:00pm, Thursday, July 3rd (Portola, Chinatown, Bayview, Western Addition, Kennedy(Redwood City), UPA, MPA, Frick and Lake Merritt campuses)

For the following sites applications must be submitted no later than 3:00pm, Thursday, July 11th (Ingleside, Excelsior, Mission, Richmond, EPA, Marin Academy, Napa and Novato) 

For the Tahoe Truckee site applications must be submitted no later than 3:00pm, Thursday, July 18th. 


How: Please follow these steps in order to apply:

  1. Create a Submittable login account. 
  2. Complete the following online application. You can save a draft of your application and work on it later if you want.
  3. Submit your application when you are done. 


Questions? Please contact Aly Quiroz-Perez, PVF Program Associate: aperez@venturesfoundation.org or Maya Nieto, Aim High Central Office: mnieto@aimhigh.org


Who: If you are enrolled in the 5th-8th grade at one of our Partner sites, you can apply for a Youth Opportunity scholarship to try something new!

What: Apply for up to $500 to cover the cost of a class or program you want to do, such as dance classes, music lessons, art courses, sports and more. Check out the resource lists for ideas.

When: Contact your YOS Site Liaison to find out when the applications are due.

How: Please follow these steps in order to apply:
  1. Create a Submittable login account. 
  2. Complete the following online application. You can save a draft of your application and work on it later if you want.
  3. Submit your application when you are done. Once you hit submit, your application is final and cannot be edited. (If you need to make any changes, please check in with your YOS Site Liaison.)
Questions? Please contact Aly Quiroz-Perez, PVF Program Associate: aperez@venturesfoundation.org.

RENEWAL APPLICATION FOR THE GRACE SCHOLARSHIP:

Renewals will be made to full-time students earning a GPA of 3.0 or higher.  If your scholarship is renewed, a check will be mailed directly to your school at the beginning of August 2019.  In order to be considered for renewal,  you should submit the following information using the form below no later than June 30, 2019:


1) A completed 2019-2020 renewal balance sheet

2) A personal narrative regarding your 2018-2019 academic year

3) An official copy of your transcripts for 2018-2019

Please note: this is the only item that you cannot upload to this application portal; you must send your official transcripts by mail to: 

Philanthropic Ventures Foundation

Attn: Grace Scholarship Program

1222 Preservation Park Way

Oakland, CA  94612-1201

PVF staff will then upload the transcripts to your application portal.

4)  A copy of your Financial Aid Award Letter for the 2019-2020 year, including all financial assistance for the year. 

5)  A statement of billable costs for the upcoming school year.

6)  Your current contact information

If you have any questions, please contact Savannah Lira, Program and Communications Associate at Philanthropic Ventures Foundation - 510-645-1890 or slira@venturesfoundation.org. 


APPLICATION FOR THE GRACE SCHOLARSHIP:

If your scholarship is awarded, a check will be mailed directly to your school at the beginning of August 2019.  In order to be considered for a scholarship,  you should submit the following information using the form below no later than May 1, 2019:

1) Your current contact information

2) O level examination results

3) A level examination results

4) SAT examination results

5) Autobiographical statement including your personal and family background, financial need, highlights of activities and leadership, career goals and academic and co-curricular interests at school that accepted you

6) Acceptance letter

7) Scholarship/financial aid statements and award letters clearly showing costs, awards and resultant gap

8) A completed 2019-2020 balance sheet

9) If necessary, a further explanation of your funding gap, funding sources, and Grace Scholarship award need

If you have any questions, please contact Savannah Lira, Program and Communications Associate at Philanthropic Ventures Foundation - 510-645-1890 or slira@venturesfoundation.org. 


The Bay Area Inspire Awards was started by a small group of Bay Area residents interested in building local communities that work better for all residents, especially those whose lives are difficult. These awards are designed to tap into the creativity of socially progressive young adults, who often have innovative ideas but lack the financial backing to turn these ideas into reality. We believe in the power of young adults to create change, and we want to give those with fresh ideas the chance to succeed for a healthier Bay Area. 


Previous Award Winners


To learn about the program details and how to apply, please see below! 


Program Details

These are one-time cash awards, up to $5,000, to be used  for an innovative community-oriented project for a maximum of one year.  This should be something you would be unable to do without the award.  You should have a fresh idea that will help advance social equity in  your community.

Those eligible are young people between 18-30, living and working  in Alameda, San Francisco, and San Mateo Counties.

All Inspire Awards will be given to individuals, not organizations. Organizations cannot apply. If you apply to support a project related to your work with an existing organization, keep in mind that (1) you are responsible for your project; and (2) the award must be for something new that couldn't be done without the funds. (If your organization already has funding for the project, it may not be eligible for an Inspire Award.)

The submission period runs from July 15, 2019 through September 15, 2019.


Ready to apply?

Before applying, please review the FAQ section to learn more about the program. Once you have read this section, please complete the following application. You can save your application as a draft and come back to it at a later date. 

Note: finalists may be asked to provide a 2-minute video pitch on why their project idea should be funded. This will not be judged on video quality. 


Philanthropic Ventures Foundation