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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

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.