What: Grants of up to $10,000 are available for non-profit programs serving East Palo Alto and the Belle Haven community of Menlo Park. Grants should support programs helping to meet needs during the COVID-19 epidemic, such as food insecurity, mental health, homeless services, distance learning resources to support students who must work from home. Grants should be for projects that can begin immediately and be utilized within 6 months of receiving funds.

Who: All organizations that meet one of the following criteria are welcome to apply:

  • 501(c)(3) non-profits with a history of proven success providing services to the Belle Haven community of Menlo Park.
  • 501(c)(3) non-profits with a history of proven success providing services to the East Palo Alto community.

Please note: 

  • This year we are focusing on support for programs helping to meet needs during the COVID-19 epidemic, such as food insecurity, mental health, homeless services, distance learning resources to support students who must work from home. 
  • Grants should be for projects that can begin immediately and be utilized within 6 months of receiving funds. 
  • Grants will support small, grassroots programs that have a big impact, and preference will be given to agencies with an annual budget of $1.5 million or less. No grants will be given to agencies with budgets over $2 million.
  • An organization may apply for one grant each cycle. For example, please do not apply for a grant in Belle Haven and another one in East Palo Alto. 
  • If the Facebook Local Community Fund has funded your organization in the past and you would like to apply again, please provide an overview of the results of the most recent grant in 500 words or less. (This overview can be uploaded with the online application if it has not been previously submitted.)
  • Public agencies, schools, and school foundations are not eligible. 
  • Nonprofits providing programming on a school campus are eligible. Please provide a letter of support about your work from the school principal/director or authorized school personnel.

When: Applications are due by May 31, 2020. Applications will be reviewed by the advisory board of the Facebook Local Community Fund. Grantees will be notified by June 30, 2020. 

How: Please follow these steps in order to apply:

  1. Create a Submittable login account. 
  2. Complete the following online application. Please note you can save a draft of your application and return at a later time before officially submitting it. 

Questions? Please contact Savannah Lira, PVF Program Officer: slira@venturesfoundation.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 2020.  In order to be considered for renewal,  you should submit the following information using the form below no later than June 30, 2020:


1) A completed 2020-2021 renewal balance sheet

2) A personal narrative regarding your 2019-2020 academic year

3) An official or unofficial copy of your transcripts for 2019-2020

If you are able to request official transcripts, please send 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 2020-2021 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 Officer at Philanthropic Ventures Foundation - 510-645-1890 or slira@venturesfoundation.org. 


Philanthropic Ventures Foundation