S.G. Foundation Grant

SG Foundation

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Grant amount: Approximately US $15,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit College / University

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in California: Fresno County, Kern County, Kings County, Santa Barbara County

Location of residency: California

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The SG Foundation was founded by Stuart C. Gildred Sr. along with co-founders Richard Kieding and William Sauer in 1984. From its inception the goal of the SG Foundation has been to help the less fortunate of the world to live better lives using the strong Judeo-Christian values of the founders as guidelines.

Mission Statement

SG Foundation trustees and staff collectively strive to serve God and the poor by relieving suffering and improving the quality of life in communities and for the individuals in those communities both locally and around the world.


The SG Foundation Board of Trustees meets monthly to review programs that help the poorest of the poor to help themselves. Long term development solutions to poverty are favored as we would rather teach a person to fish than provide the fish as a gift. Relief grants which satisfy a short-term need without clear future benefits are rarely awarded. Additionally, specific geographic areas and guidelines have been established for grant consideration.

Grant Focus Area

The SG Foundation has specific criteria which must be met to obtain grant approval. Please review the criteria stipulated below if you are considering a grant application. Categories of grants that SG Foundation will not consider are listed at the end of this section. We hope these guidelines will encourage proposals that match our focus and save agencies the expense of submitting proposals that will not be considered.

Grant requests will be considered for one year only, even if the project covers a multiple year span. Multiple year grants will not exceed three consecutive years. All grants will be reviewed annually and multiple year funding will depend on the success of the preceding grant and the quality of the agency progress reports.

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


  • All requests must be from a qualified 501(c)(3) organization based in the United States whether or not their programs are international.
  • We will review unsolicited, compliant proposals from California agencies working in Fresno County, Kings County, Kern County, and northern Santa Barbara County but it is unlikely a grant will be awarded until an onsite visit can be arranged.
  • Existing partners are welcome to apply for funding.
    • We do have in place a 3 year funding policy (up to 3 consecutive years of funding followed by a 3 year hiatus in funding).
    • We hope to stay in touch with our partners during the hiatus as the point of this policy is simply to encourage developing a broad funding base while discouraging dependency on SG.
  • The applying agency must be a U.S. based 501(c)(3) organization.
  • The program for which funds are requested must target individuals and/or communities at or below poverty level.
  • Grant requests should not exceed more than 50% of the needed budget for any given project.
  • Proposals from small organizations committed to helping the poor are welcome.


  • It is strongly preferred that the proposed project or service improve quality of life, e.g., community development, education, medical, jobs, agriculture, housing, water. Long term development programs are strongly preferred over one time relief projects.
  • Matching grant opportunities are encouraged.
  • Agencies with a Judeo-Christian influence on those they serve are preferred, but no grants will be given to religious programs solely for the purpose of proselytizing.


  • We will not accept unsolicited proposals from new agencies for international projects at this time.
    • We are accepting proposals from existing partners in Mexico, Haiti, Nicaragua, Honduras, and Guatemala, but will not be considering new partnerships.
  • Grants will not be considered in the following areas:
    • Media projects including books and films
    • Art or cultural programs
    • HIV/AIDS programs
    • Endowment funds
    • General operating funds
    • Political or lobbying programs
    • To any individual
    • To private foundations
    • To religious programs with the sole or primary purpose of proselytizing