Grantmaking Guidelines

Eligible organizations must meet the following guidelines to be considered for grant funding. The foundation supports:

  • Public charities operating under an IRS 501(c)(3) status or fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) organization;
  • Organizations serving the residents of San Francisco, Marin, San Mateo, and Sonoma counties, and limited to Palo Alto in Santa Clara County;
  • The foundation prioritizes support of organizations that encompass community service for low-income youth within the program areas below; and
  • Prefers to receive requests for specific projects and programs that focus on the following:

 

College Access and Persistence, ensuring that students who come from low-income backgrounds persist on a pathway through secondary school and into and through two- or four-year college with the support of high-quality academic and college-bound programs. Attributes of successful grantee organizations and programs:

  • Serves students ages 10-24 who demonstrate a commitment to achieve despite backgrounds that may include significant risk factors (e.g., first-in-family to attend college or status as an English language learner) and few supports
  • Strong program model based on recognized best practices in the field that is offered in or after school, including summers
  • Culturally-competent leadership, staff, and volunteers who provide individualized mentorship and support for each student
  • Bridges one or more critical transition phases over a number of years (e.g., middle to high school and/or high school to college) to ensure persistence and success
  • When academic support is provided to students, it is articulated to promoted A-G course attainment

 

Workplace Success, providing youth who face significant obstacles to employment with comprehensive training and services that prepare them for job placement with increased earnings potential. Attributes of successful grantee organizations and programs:

  • Serves students ages 15-24 who demonstrate a commitment to employability despite backgrounds that may include significant risk factors  (e.g., poor academic preparation or former foster youth status) and few supports
  • Skills training includes soft-skills development as well as vocational/technical skills training that leads to living-wage jobs in growth industries
  • Strong program model based on recognized best practices in the field that incorporates skills training and wraparound support services
  • Culturally-competent leadership, staff, and volunteers who provide mentorship and individualized support for each student
  • Provides opportunities for academic or marketable credentials, including GEDs, high school diplomas, and industry-recognized certificates and coursework

 

Cultural Enrichment, providing youth with equal access to participatory arts education fostering an appreciation of the arts while promoting community engagement through cultural experiences;

 

Environmental Education, providing youth with high engagement programs that provide outdoor experiential, wilderness, and environmental science education;

The foundation does not support medical research, individuals, endowments, events, annual appeals, or religious organizations other than those providing non-sectarian services to the community.

 

Rest Year Policy

The Kimball Foundation seeks to provide both ongoing support for effective nonprofit organizations, and to identify and support new and promising organizations. To achieve this goal, the foundation employs the following “rest year” policy: organizations that receive four years of consecutive funding need to take a one-year rest before receiving additional support.