The foundation has launched an online grants management portal where grantseekers can submit requests and review their own grants history online, in order to streamline the application process.

PLEASE NOTE: We updated our application form, which can be found here.

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

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.

How to Submit a Full Proposal

Step 1: If you believe your request meets the eligibility criteria as outlined in the guidelines, register using the link below.
Registration for a Username and Password

Step 2: Use your login information to access our online Grants Management Portal

Step 3: Once logged in, complete the following items:

  • Under Organization and Contact Information, complete the Organization Profile and Personal Profile.
  • Click the “New Proposals” icon to begin an application. Be sure to save your work periodically, as the application form will not auto-save your work. Click “Submit” when complete. You may save an application in progress and return to it by clicking the “Current Proposals” icon on your home screen. Submitted applications cannot be edited.

Step 4: After you have submitted an application, your request will be considered. You may view/print a submitted application, but will not be able to edit it.

Helpful Tips

Please review the FAQ page for answers to common questions regarding the online application process.

We recommend working on your application in Word rather than in the online application form, particularly if you are working with several people to complete the application. Then, copy and paste your consolidated answers in the online application form and submit.

Should you have any questions during the application process, please contact Rachel Murch Watters, Grants Manager, at