Goldman Foundation: Youth Development Program Grant

John & Marcia Goldman Foundation

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Grant amount: Up to US $2,000,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit College / University Elementary / Secondary School

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in California: San Francisco County, San Mateo County, Santa Clara County

Location of residency: Counties in California: San Francisco County, San Mateo County, Santa Clara County

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Goldman Foundation Grant

The John & Marcia Goldman Foundation’s commitment to making a meaningful difference in the lives of others is possible because of the work of the dedicated organizations we fund.

Focus Areas

The John & Marcia Goldman Foundation’s grantmaking is focused on:

Youth Development 

Science & Health

Arts & Culture

Special Initiatives

The foundation aims to target opportunities that can strengthen organizational capacity. 

Unsolicited proposals are currently accepted only for the Youth Development program. Grants made in the other program areas are foundation-initiated. 

Youth Development Program

The John & Marcia Goldman Foundation Youth Development program seeks to improve young people’s life trajectories. Grants provide opportunities for underserved children, youth and their families to participate in a broad range of services and activities to inspire, inform and enhance their lives. The goal of this program is to help engage a harder-to-reach segment of the youth population and address critical service gaps. In order to have a focused impact, the foundation has chosen to concentrate its resources geographically in the Mid-Peninsula region of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Youth Development grants are generally for amounts less than $100,000.

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


  • We fund established 501(c)(3) organizations or equivalent but do not place restrictions based on the size of an organization’s operating budget.
    • We will also fund organizations that have appropriate fiscal sponsorship.
  • Support is focused on organizations working in the mid-Peninsula region of the San Francisco Bay Area (southern San Mateo County to northern Santa Clara County).


  • Priority is often given to time-limited programs or projects that have the potential to become self-sustaining in the short-term.


  • The foundation does not generally fund ongoing operating support, event sponsorship, film making, or branding and marketing.
  • Requests for individual use, deficit funding, or political lobbying are not considered.
  • Standard foundation policy is to ask grantees to wait three years from the conclusion of the previous award before reapplying for a new grant, and to not apply for the same project.