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 low-income, at risk students persist academically on a pathway through secondary school and into college with the help of high-quality academic and college bound programs in school or after school;

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;

Vocational Development, providing disadvantaged youth with work-readiness, in-demand skills training, set in workplace-like environments, including internships and paid employment opportunities.

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.