Local Grantmaking

Vibrant Communities

We invest in creative, environmental, and civic organizations that connect people with art, nature, and their communities, creating a unique sense of place for all.

San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Benito, and Monterey counties are home to exceptional art, cultural, civic, and environmental organizations. Since its inception, the Foundation has worked to sustain the vibrancy of our local region, and through the years has been a steadfast supporter of the arts, youth environmental education, and organizations that contribute to community vitality. The network of community organizations working in these areas connect people and communities, spur creativity and artistic expression, and celebrate and create a unique sense of place and belonging for all who call our region home.

To maintain the vibrancy of our community we support:

  • Visual and performing arts organizations that engage communities in their programming.
  • Organizations that create and steward public spaces to engage and benefit the entire community.
  • Programs that provide children access to the outdoors and resources in our local area, and offer hands-on learning opportunities that promote environmental education and stewardship.

Our People

Meera Mani

Vice President, Families and Communities

Jessica Mancini

California Communities Program Officer

Amina Yee

Program Associate

Tamara Alvarado

California Communities Program Officer

Interested grant seekers are encouraged to submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) through the Local Grantmaking Program’s open LOI process. Please be sure to review the Local Grantmaking Program’s FAQ page before submitting an LOI and read through all guidelines to ensure that your organization or programs align with the Program’s funding priorities. Please note that the LOI is a means to introduce your organization or programs to the Foundation and is not a formal proposal nor a guarantee of funding.