JobTrain students, in Menlo Park, learn through hands-on training as part of the
Laborers Construction Fundamentals Training Program.
Puente de la Costa Sur provides services to agricultural workers and their families in the
Coastside region of San Mateo County.
Vida Verde provides overnight environmental learning experiences for students
who may not otherwise have such opportunities.

The mission of the Atkinson Foundation is to provide opportunities for individuals in San Mateo County to attain their highest potential in areas of educational, social, and economic life, to assist their efforts to become independent and self-sufficient, and to generally improve the quality of their lives.

Application Deadlines

Our submission deadlines are February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1.  

Please note the following:

  • Proposals are only accepted from organizations serving residents of San Mateo County.
  • If you are a returning grantee, please apply for the same grantmaking round as the previous year.
  • If a proposal has been declined, organizations must wait one year to reapply for funding.

COVID-19 Update: As a result of the Covid-19 crisis, the Foundation removed the one-year pause requirement for 2022 in order to assist those organizations that are providing critical direct support to residents of San Mateo County.  Please note that due to our limited funds, the Foundation will prioritize organizations providing support for basic needs such as food, shelter, rental assistance, & mental health.

Where & What We Support

Proposals will be considered for nonprofit organizations providing services in San Mateo County for:

· Children, youth, families

· Immigrants

· The elderly

· Those who are economically at-risk

· People with mental and/or physical health conditions

· Those recovering from addiction

· Those affected by physical abuse