Local Grantmaking Program

David and Lucile Packard Foundation

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Grant amount: US $15,000 - US $150,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit Elementary / Secondary School College / University

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

Location of project: Counties in California: Monterey County, San Benito County, San Mateo County, Santa Clara County, Santa Cruz County

Location of residency: Counties in California: Monterey County, San Benito County, San Mateo County, Santa Clara County, Santa Cruz County

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Local Grantmaking Program

The Local Grantmaking Program builds on the longstanding commitment made by David and Lucile Packard to invest in the region where they started their company and raised their family. Building on a long tradition of support for their local community, the program is dedicated to achieving deep and meaningful impact through its support of local organizations. 

Throughout their lifetimes, David and Lucile Packard invested in their local community and in issues about which they were passionate. They believed that their local investments could drive deep impact and bring meaningful change. Today, we make investments in focus areas in which the Packard family and the Foundation have longstanding commitments—the arts, children and youth, conservation and science, food and shelter, population and reproductive health, as well as organizational capacity-building for grantees. 

We want our local communities to continue to be strong and vibrant places where people can thrive and reach their full potential. We work to ensure that people have access to the resources and services they need for their well-being as well as opportunities that enable them to explore and grow. 

The Challenge

The five counties that comprise the Packard Foundation’s Local Grantmaking region are home to breathtaking landscapes and rich agricultural land, top universities and world-renowned technology companies, and diverse communities that produce exceptional art, cuisine and cultural assets. Despite the economic prosperity, community strengths, and opportunities that exist, many children and families in the community face challenges that prohibit them from thriving and fully realizing their potential. 

Our Approach

David and Lucile Packard knew that local giving was critical for communities to truly thrive. The Local Grantmaking Program reflects a commitment our founders made to continue investing in this region where they started their company and raised their family. Today, the Local Grantmaking Program awards general support and project support grants to organizations that work within our geographic scope and are a fit with our funding strategies. We focus and align our resources with the Foundation’s mission and priorities, strive to be responsive and highly engaged with our grantees, and recognize the Foundation’s support is one piece of what helps these communities to thrive. Proposals are reviewed throughout the year. 

Funding Areas

Arts: We invest in local cultural organizations that provide visual or performing arts experiences for the community, or arts education programming for children and youth.

Children & Youth: We fund programs that create positive learning experiences that foster intellectual, social, and emotional development, and lay a foundation for future success at two critical points in a child’s development: the first three years of life and adolescence.

Conservation & Science: We support environmental education programs for children and families that offer hands-on learning opportunities and promote environmental stewardship.

Population and Reproductive Health: We fund efforts to reduce teen pregnancy in our local communities and ensure that youth and adults are educated about and have ample access to multiple methods of family planning.

Food and Shelter: We invest in major food banks, housing and shelter providers for homeless families, and emergency assistance and shelter providers for victims of domestic violence.

Nonprofit Breakthrough Fund: We support projects and organizations that work to strengthen the capacity of individual grantees, groups of grantees and the local social sector. *Support for and participation in the Nonprofit Breakthrough Fund initiatives is only open to current Foundation grant recipients

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  • Grants are made only for charitable, educational, or scientific purposes, primarily from tax-exempt charitable organizations.
  • Grants are made to organizations located in and serving at least one of five counties in Northern California: San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito. 
  • Project or general support:
    • If the mission or core programs of your organization fit within our guidelines, you’re welcome to apply for general support.
    • If your organization’s mission or core programs do not fit within our guidelines but you have a specific program or project that does, you should apply for project support.
    • The Local Grantmaking Program has no preference for one over the other.


  • Our general preference is to support organizations that are based in and whose work supports these geographies. 


  • The Packard Foundation does not fund the following:
    • Lobbying and activities to influence specific legislation
    • Conference fees and tuition assistance
    • Religious organizations
    • Individuals
  • The Local Grantmaking Program does not fund the following:
    • public policy work,
    • capital campaigns,
    • specific performances or productions,
    • one-time events,
    • event sponsorships,
    • religious or business organizations, and
    • individuals.
  • For specific information on what we do not fund in each subprogram area, please read the subprogram description.