Kimball Foundation Grantmaking Program

Kimball Foundation

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Next anticipated deadline: Jan 15, 2020 4:00pm PST

Later anticipated deadlines: May 3, 2020 4:00pm PDT, Sep 27, 2020 4:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

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

Location of residency: United States

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Overview:

The Kimball Foundation

The Kimball Foundation supports college access and persistence, workplace & vocational training, cultural enrichment, and environmental education programs serving the residents of San Francisco, Marin, San Mateo, and Sonoma counties and to a limited extent Santa Clara County as far south as Palo Alto.

Grantmaking Guidelines

The foundation prioritizes support of organizations that encompass community service for low-income youth within the program areas below; and

Prefers to receive requests for specific projects and programs that focus on the following:

College Access and Persistence, ensuring that students who come from low-income backgrounds persist on a pathway through secondary school and into and through two- or four-year college with the support of high-quality academic and college-bound programs. Attributes of successful grantee organizations and programs:

  • Serves students ages 10-24 who demonstrate a commitment to achieve despite backgrounds that may include significant risk factors (e.g., first-in-family to attend college or status as an English language learner) and few supports
  • Strong program model based on recognized best practices in the field that is offered in or after school, including summers
  • Culturally-competent leadership, staff, and volunteers who provide individualized mentorship and support for each student
  • Bridges one or more critical transition phases over a number of years (e.g., middle to high school and/or high school to college) to ensure persistence and success
  • When academic support is provided to students, it is articulated to promote A-G course attainment

Workplace Success, providing youth who face significant obstacles to employment with comprehensive training and services that prepare them for job placement with increased earnings potential. Attributes of successful grantee organizations and programs:

  • Serves students ages 15-24 who demonstrate a commitment to employability despite backgrounds that may include significant risk factors (e.g., poor academic preparation or former foster youth status) and few supports
  • Skills training includes soft-skills development as well as vocational/technical skills training that leads to living-wage jobs in growth industries
  • Strong program model based on recognized best practices in the field that incorporates skills training and wraparound support services
  • Culturally-competent leadership, staff, and volunteers who provide mentorship and individualized support for each student
  • Provides opportunities for academic or marketable credentials, including GEDs, high school diplomas, and industry-recognized certificates and coursework

Cultural Enrichment, providing students with equal access to participatory arts education to foster an appreciation of the arts while promoting community engagement through cultural experiences. Attributes of successful grantee organizations and programs:

  • Serves students ages 5-18 from low-income backgrounds
  • Promotes an understanding of the arts and development of art skills (includes but is not limited to literary, media, performing, and visual)
  • Long-term focus on program depth through in-school, after-school and/or out-of-school opportunities
Environmental Education, providing youth with high engagement programs that provide outdoor experiential, wilderness, and environmental science education;

Rest Year Policy

The Kimball Foundation seeks to provide both ongoing support for effective nonprofit organizations, and to identify and support new and promising organizations. To achieve this goal, the foundation employs the following “rest year” policy: organizations that receive four years of consecutive funding need to take a one-year rest before receiving additional support

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

Eligibility:

  • The foundation supports:
    • Public charities operating under an IRS 501(c)(3) status or fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) organization;
    • Organizations serving the residents of San Francisco, Marin, San Mateo, and Sonoma counties, and limited to Palo Alto in Santa Clara County

Ineligibility:

  • The foundation does not support medical research, individuals, endowments, events, annual appeals, or religious organizations other than those providing non-sectarian services to the community.