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 FAQ: Guidelines & Eligibility


Who is eligible? 

Grants are open to 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations or public agencies serving residents of San Bruno, Millbrae, Burlingame, Hillsborough, San Mateo, and ½ of Foster City.

Will the District fund an organization located outside its boundaries? 

Yes, organizations located outside of the District’s boundaries can apply for a grant as long as the organization can demonstrate requested funds will directly benefit residents living within our boundaries.

Which zip codes are in the District's boundaries? 

Zip codes include 94010, 94011, 94030, 94066, 94401, 94402, 94403, 94404, 94497.

Are there programs or projects the grant will not support? 

The District’s Community Grants Program does not fund research projects, fundraising campaigns or events, or general operating support that does not idenitfy metrics to increase or improve reach and impact.

May an organization apply for more than one grant? 

Only one grant request per applicant organization will be considered.

What is the minimum and maximum ask for a grant? 

Grants are made in the range of $10,000 – $60,000.

Will the District cover indirect costs? 

Grant funding is for direct program costs and indirect costs up to 12%.

Are grants annual or may we request multi-year funding? 
  • Organizations are eligible to apply for a one-year grant.
  • PHCD grant recipents that have received funding for five years or more may be eligible to apply for a two-year grant. Organizations who are selected to apply for two-year grants will receive an invitation to do so.
Does an organization need to have audited financials to apply for a full grant? 

Copy of your organization's most recently audited financial statement or most recent IRS form 990 is required.

How do I apply for a grant? 

PHCD operates a two-step grant process that begins with a Letter of Intent. A link to the online grants' portal will be provided once an organization is invited to complete a grant application.

Where do I submit my progress report and final report? 

Prompts for the progress report and final report will be available one month before the due date and found in the online portal (Zengine).

What are the reporting requirements for grants? 
  • One-year grants require a mid-year progress report and a final report demonstrating program outcomes.
  • Two-year grants require mid-year progress reports, a mid-term report and a final report demonstrating program outcomes.
  • Year-end Final reports must be submitted before the application deadline.