Atkinson Foundation: Grants for San Mateo County, CA

Atkinson Foundation

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Grant amount: US $5,000 - US $15,000

Next anticipated deadline: May 1, 2020

Later anticipated deadlines: Aug 1, 2020, Nov 1, 2020, Feb 1, 2021

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, General Operating Expense, Project / Program

Location of project: San Mateo County, California

Location of residency: United States

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About this funder:



The Atkinson Foundation hopes to provide opportunities for individuals to attain their highest potential in areas of educational, social, and economic life; to assist their efforts to become independent and self-sufficient; and generally to improve the quality of their lives.

The foundation employs the following “pause year” policy: any organization that receives three years of consecutive funding must take a one-year rest before receiving additional support.

Geographic Location & Focus Area

San Mateo County, California: For organizations that provide direct services to residents of San Mateo County, primary consideration will be given to programs that benefit:

  • Children, youth, families; immigrants, the elderly and the ill; those who are economically at-risk; people with mental and/or physical disabilities; and those suffering from drug, alcohol or physical abuse.
    • Services include: enrichment programs, counseling, rehabilitation, job training, respite and child care, family planning, health education, and programs that meet basic human needs.
  • Schools, community colleges, adult and vocational schools, and related organizations serving the needs of students in San Mateo County.
    • Services include: counseling, remedial and/or enrichment activities, scholarship programs, day care, health and vocational education.
  • Church-related organizations serving the spiritual, material, and social welfare needs of individuals and families in San Mateo County.
    • Selected support for ecumenical efforts and theological education.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • All grants to nonprofit, education or church organizations should provide direct services to the residents of San Mateo County, California.


  • The foundation does not support research, individuals, events, annual appeals, advocacy efforts, sports group sponsorship, or statewide/national umbrella organizations.
  • A declined proposal will not be reconsidered, but this should not preclude the applicant from submitting other worthwhile requests.
  • Normally an applicant will not receive more than one grant within a calendar year.