Sand Hill Foundation Grantmaking Program: Small Capital Needs

Sand Hill Foundation

Grant amount: Up to US $50,000

Next anticipated deadline: Mar 30, 2019

Later anticipated deadlines: Aug 31, 2019

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: 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.

Small Capital Grants

The Small Capital Grants program offers grants of up to $35,000 for targeted projects that will help meet an urgent need or provide funding to strengthen an organization.

Examples of past grants include: the costs of an unexpected office move, a new youth group van, technology upgrades, and the build-out of a small-business incubator space. New eligible areas include: project-based capacity building consultants for evaluation, strategic planning, data analysis, governance, human capital, and fundraising.

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


  • All organizations working within our focus areas and geographic scope are eligible to apply for small capital grants.
    • 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. 
  •  Requests must be locally focused.
  • The Foundation will support only those organizations with strong and consistently applied non-discrimination policies.


  • Priority will be given to capital investments that:
    • Meet an urgent need within the organization
    • Are timely and strategic
    • Are well researched
    • Have a detailed completion plan in place


  • Grantees who have received two grants in the last year are ineligible for a capital grant. 

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