Sand Hill Foundation Grantmaking Program

Sand Hill Foundation

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Grant amount: Up to US $3,000,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit

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

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

Location of residency: United States

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About this funder:



Our Focus Areas

How Communities Thrive: When people are provided with opportunities to grow, they flourish. When they care for the world around them, they contribute to a sustainable future. That’s why we support partners whose work focuses on people and place — work that makes a positive and lasting impact on our regional community.

Health & Opportunity

The Health & Opportunity program is focused on health, education, and economic opportunity in our local community. Current priorities within this broad scope are: mental health through The Wellness Partnership, primary care for low-income families, middle and high school age out-of-school-time programs with strong academic and college access orientations, college completion supports, and asset-building opportunities such as workforce development and housing.

Economic mobility is fueled by good health, a strong spirit, higher education, and employment opportunities. Sand Hill Foundation funds programs that help low-income families and youth stabilize, grow and thrive.

  • Health: Programs that expand access to community health care services, including direct services and preventative education, mental health programs for youth, and crisis and grief counseling.
  • Economic Opportunity: Asset-building activities like entrepreneurship, vocational training, and financial literacy coaching for low-income individuals and working families.
  • Educational Opportunity: Academic, college access and completion, and character-building programs that take place after school and in summer, as well as scholarships, internships, and fellowships for youth and young adults.

Environment & Sustainability

The Environment & Sustainability program is focused on conservation, environmental education, and sustainability practices in our local community.

Current priorities in this field of interest are open space preservation, land stewardship, hands-on science education outdoors, implementation of Next Generation Science Standards, and efforts to expand sustainability practices at the local level.

Ensuring a Resource Rich Future

Our natural environment, public health, and economic prosperity are deeply interconnected. Preserving and protecting natural resources requires a long-term view and sustained commitment to future generations.

  • Conservation:
    • Open space preservation and stewardship, primarily in San Mateo and northern Santa Clara Counties, and environmentally-sustainable business and farming practices.
  • Environmental Education:
    • Local programs that offer in-depth learning and promote a lifetime of environmental stewardship; science-based educational opportunities that use environmental experiences or principles to contribute to California teaching standards; and opportunities for low-income students to learn and live outdoors.
  • Sustainability
    • Community-based efforts to build awareness and engagement in activities that balance economic, environmental, and social benefits.


Sand Hill Foundation funds local organizations with strong leadership, visionary plans for the future, and cultures of continuous learning. We seek to leverage every grant by providing funding at the right time for the greatest impact.

New organizations generally receive project support. Organizations that have received previous grants from the Sand Hill Foundation may also be eligible for capital, capacity building, and general operating support.

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


  • To be eligible for funding, your organization must be a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization and work within our geographic and programmatic focus areas.
    • Our funding serves  San Mateo and northern Santa Clara counties, from the Pacific Coast to the San Francisco Bay, and from Daly City to Mountain View. 
  • The Foundation will support only those organizations with strong and consistently applied non-discrimination policies.


  • Please note that we do not fund or provide loans for individuals, medical research, or efforts designed to elect public officers.