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Infants and Families Connecting Program

Grants to California Public Charities in Eligible Counties for
Parenting Support to Low-Income Families of Young Children

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Funding Source:

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Pacific Foundation Services (PFS) - Bella Vista Foundation (BVF)

Deadline Date:

06/26/20 5:00 PM


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Grants to California public charities for direct services to low-income parents and caregivers of young children, prenatal to age three, in Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara Counties. Funding is intended for programs that provide well-designed or proven services that promote primary caregivers’ emotional health, help caregivers develop parenting skills, and create peer networks. Low-income pregnant mothers will receive priority consideration.

Overall, the Foundations aims to increase the number of children who are socially, emotionally, and cognitively ready for kindergarten.

Funding Goals:
- Parents and caregivers who are able to cope with stress and protect their children from toxic stress
- Parents and caregivers who effectively nurture their young children
- Children who develop healthy emotional, social, and cognitive functioning and are more school-ready

Funding is divided into two categories:

Grants to agencies to support direct services to parents and caregivers (90% of grantmaking) that:
- Are targeted, research-informed, and well-implemented
- Show cultural competency
- Help caregivers help children
- Focus on caregivers’ self-care
- Focus on building relationships and community among caregivers
- Encourage nurturing skills of caregivers
- Build sense of self-confidence of caregivers
- Are organizations that use data for continuous improvement of programs.

Grants and activities such as convenings, participation in affinity groups, and investments in countywide collaborations (up to 10% of grantmaking) that:
- Create awareness and encourage investment from other funders around healthy attachment because it mitigates the effects of toxic stress on caregivers and their children
- Encourage and engage other public and private funders to determine a baseline of service needs and services available, identify gaps and overlaps, and develop priorities in collaboration with service providers who are committed to continuous improvement.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177520

Term of Contract:

The foundation does not make multi-year grants but is prepared to stay with an organization for a length of time–as long as the organization improves and adapts the program relating to its hypothesis about promoting healthy social/emotional development in children prenatal-3, and as long as the Foundation perceives it to be among the best strategies for achieving its goals.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Foundation supports public charities.

Grants will not be made to or for the arts, sectarian religious purposes, individuals, or benefit events, and will only be made for medical research, health care, publications, or video production under special circumstances.

Pre-Application Information:

- Spring Cycle: January 27 – February 7, 2020
- Fall Cycle: June 15 – 26, 2020

Applications are due by 5:00 pm on the final day of the submission window.

More detailed program information:

Application Instructions:


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To access the online application portal:

Direct questions to:
Melissa Morazán, Program Officer - San Francisco & Marin counties
415.561.6540 ext. 244

Stefani Willis, Program Officer – San Mateo & Santa Clara counties
415.561.6540 ext. 245

The Bella Vista Foundation
1660 Bush Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94109
Phone: 415-561-6540

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: San Francisco, Marin, San Mateo, and Santa Clara counties

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