Community Grants Fund Application 2024-25

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San Bruno Community Foundation
Community Grants Fund 
Grant Application 

Thank you for your interest in the San Bruno Community Foundation’s Community Grants Fund. This responsive grantmaking program allows local community groups to apply for grant funding to support new or existing programs that benefit the San Bruno community.  

All portions of the Grant Application must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 18, 2024. Failure to provide a complete Grant Application by the deadline will result in your Grant Application not receiving consideration.    


A complete Grant Application includes:

1. Executive Summary – Complete the form regarding Applicant Organization and Community Grant                    Proposal

2. Narrative – Respond to questions (250-word limit for each response) regarding:

a. Applicant Organizational Information – All Applicant Organizations to complete

b. Purpose of Grant – Separate forms for program proposals and capacity-building proposals

3. Supporting Documentation – Applicant Organization to upload in PDF format, except as noted

a. Marketing Collateral highlighting the Applicant Organization’s work, such as an annual report, brochure, newsletter, blog posts, or direct mail (if available)

b. Applicant Organization’s Financial Statements from the most recent fiscal year completed (audited if available) 

c. Applicant Organization’s Budget for the fiscal year in which awarded grant funds would be used (expenses and income). If a budget or draft budget is not yet available, provide the budget from the current fiscal year and describe any known variances expected in the coming year.

d. Completed Program Budget. Download the Budget Template at Upload the completed budget in Excel spreadsheet format.

e.     Signature Page. Download the Signature Page at Upload the signed form in PDF format. A scanned copy of the hand-signed form is required. Digital signatures are not accepted.

f.     For 501(c)(3) public charities and 501(c)(4), 501(c)(5), and 501(c)(6) organizations: Proof of Federal Tax-Exempt Status (such as copy of IRS determination letter) 

g. For 501(c)(4), 501(c)(5), and 501(c)(6) organizations:  Completed IRS Form 990, Schedule A, Part III and related documentation to demonstrate that the Applicant Organization satisfies the public support test of Internal Revenue Code Section 509(a)(2). You can download Schedule A from the IRS website at You must attach accounting records, such as previous years’ financial statements, to substantiate the figures used to complete IRS Form 990, Schedule A, Part III. You may wish to seek assistance from a certified public accounting firm experienced in nonprofit tax preparation services.

h.     For 2023-2024 Grantees: Grant Report or Status Report for 2023-2024 Community Grants Fund award. Grantees from previous grant cycles (2022-2023 and earlier) who have active grants due to an approved extension must also submit a Grant Report or Status Report for those grants. Download the form at

i.      For Applicant Organizations with Required Partners:  Letter of Support from required partner(s). Letters of support are required only when successful implementation of the program requires the cooperation of one or more partner organizations. Do not submit a letter of support if the program does not have a required partner. 


Additional Information
Please note that as part of its due diligence review process, the Foundation will check each Applicant Organization’s status on the following government databases:

The results of this due diligence review will be taken into consideration as part of the Foundation’s evaluation of the Applicant Organization’s track record, stability, and financial health. This due diligence review does not apply to governmental unit Applicant Organizations, and certain other organizations may not be required to register with some of the above entities or otherwise appear in some of the above databases. If an Applicant Organization has questions regarding its required registration with any of these four government databases, it should contact the relevant entities and/or confer with appropriate legal counsel.

Finally, please review the Application Guide at for definitions, explanations, and additional guidance in completing the Community Grants Fund Application. Applicant Organizations using a fiscal sponsor must contact Foundation staff at for specific instructions on filling out this Application.

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Past Years Grant Information

Note: If the Applicant Organization is serving as a fiscal sponsor for the program seeking funding, you must contact SBCF staff at for detailed guidance on completing this Application. 

* All numerical references are to specific sections of the Internal Revenue Code.  

The Foundation recommends that any Applicant Organizations with questions about their eligibility for a grant in connection with the Community Grants Fund, particularly 501(c)(4), 501(c)(5), and 501(c)(6) organizations, contact Foundation staff prior to completing the Application.  
Contact Person for this Grant Application

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Beginning & Ending Program Dates:          

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Note: Applicant Organizations responding Yes to this question are required to contact SBCF at prior to completing this Application.

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All Applicant Organizations to Complete

Please provide short answers (no more than 250 words each) to the following questions:

3.  Is there anything else you would like to share about the Applicant Organization that reflects on its track record, stability, and/or financial health? If applicable, please use this space to explain any issues related to the Applicant Organization’s current status with any oversight entity, including but not limited to the IRS (Tax Exempt Organization Search)California Secretary of State's Business Search, California Franchise Tax Board (Entity Status Check), and California Attorney General (Registry of Charitable Trusts Verification Search)You may also include an explanation of how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the Applicant Organization operationally, financially, and programmatically.

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For Programmatic Support Requests

Please provide short answers (no more than 250 words each) to the following questions:

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For Capacity-Building Support Requests

Please provide short answers (no more than 250 words each) to the following questions:

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We request that you upload the following documentation as part of your Grant Application. These supporting documents must be submitted prior to the September 18, 2024, Application deadline.  

Except for #4 below, you must upload the requested documents in PDF format.  

Please note: You may upload only one file per category of Supporting Documentation listed below. If you would like to submit more than one document per category (for example, two different pieces of marketing collateral), you must merge them into a single PDF and upload as one file.


501(C)(3) PUBLIC CHARITIES AND 501(C)(4), 501(C)(5), AND 501(C)(6) ORGANIZATIONS:

501(C)(4), 501(C)(5), AND 501(C)(6) ORGANIZATIONS:


To access the Grant Report Form to be completed with this Application, please click here. Once the form is completed, save it as a PDF, and upload it here.

To access the Status Report Form to be completed with this Application, please click here. Once the form is completed, save it as a PDF, and upload it here.


The San Bruno Community Foundation reserves the right to request a paper copy of the uploaded documents, particularly if necessary to verify the information you have provided in this Application.

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If you have not done so already, please download the Signature Page at You must hand sign the form and upload it below. Typed or digital signatures are not accepted.

The Signature Page certifies that: 

1. The signer has full authority to sign this Application on behalf of Applicant Organization.

2. All of the information provided to the San Bruno Community Foundation in Applicant Organization’s Grant Application, including all supporting documentation, is true, correct, and complete, and there are no material omissions from the Grant Application.  

3.  If any information contained in the Grant Application is not true, complete, and accurate, or if material information has been omitted, Applicant Organization understands that it could be disqualified from receiving, and/or forfeit or be required to return, any Community Grant that it receives from the Foundation.

4.  All decisions by the Foundation regarding grant awards, including through its Community Grants Fund, are made in the sole discretion of the Foundation, and all decisions of the Foundation are final. 

5. The signer acknowledges that successful Applicant Organizations will be required to sign a separate Grant Agreement, and agree to the terms thereof, prior to disbursement of a grant award.

Applicant Organizations that submit Applications without completing the Signature Page will be disqualified from consideration for the Community Grants Fund. You must upload the hand-signed Signature Page in PDF format.

The San Bruno Community Foundation reserves the right to request a paper copy of your signed Signature Page, particularly if necessary to verify the information you have provided in this Application.

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Have you completed all sections of the Online Application?

To preview your completed Online Application before submitting it, please click "Preview" button below. If you would like to print out a copy of this Application, please do so from the preview screen.

You must hit the “CONFIRM” button on the next screen to officially submit your Application Form. Failure to do so will result in an incomplete Application Packet, and you will not be considered for a Community Grants Fund award. Note: Once you click "CONFIRM," you cannot return to the Application.

By clicking on the “CONFIRM” button, I confirm that the Application Form is complete.  

You will receive a screen message confirming the Application submission as well as an emailed copy of the Application for your records. If you have any questions, please visit or email