Sand Hill Foundation Grantmaking Program

Sand Hill Foundation

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

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied 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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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

Growing Strong, Building Hope

Economic mobility is made possible by educational and employment opportunity, coupled with good health and a strong spirit.

Sand Hill Foundation funds organizations offering programs and services that provide pathways for low-income families and youth to 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

Ensuring a Resource Rich Future

Sand Hill Foundation is dedicated to preserving and protecting the glorious natural environment we all share. As a community, we have an obligation to care for the place we call home. Our natural resources, public health, and economic prosperity are deeply interconnected.

Ensuring a robust ecosystem 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.


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

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