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Increasing Access to Public Transit Opportunities

Grants to California Nonprofits to
Improve Transportation Options

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Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF)

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Deadline Date:

04/03/20 11:59 PM PST


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Grants to California nonprofit organizations, public agencies, collaborations, and other charitable entities for projects that expand transportation options in eligible counties. Funding is intended to improve public transit systems and to increase alternatives to driving. Organizations must serve San Mateo and/or Santa Clara counties.

SVCF believes improving public transit and having alternatives to driving are critical for the quality of life, the economy, and the environment. The goal is to invest in strategies that will lead to more affordable and accessible public transit options for everyone, including low-income residents and workers, youth, seniors and those with disabilities. SVCF has chosen to focus this grant opportunity on the following: 

  1. Increasing local bus, walking and biking options and optimizing the use of our existing highway infrastructure that provide viable alternatives to driving alone.
  2. Creating a more seamless public transit experience through more coordinated transit maps, schedules and fares as well as technology-enabled services that improve last mile connections and provide transport options on demand. 

Consideration will also be given to proposed projects that support the engagement of marginalized and vulnerable groups in the strategies described above.

Note that SVCF will accept proposals for specific projects or for general operating support. Proposals for general operating grants will be considered provided the overall organization mission meets the goals of the grant strategy. General operating grants are unrestricted funds that enable an organization to carry outs its mission. These grants are intended to support an organization’s administrative and infrastructure costs, assist with strategic financial and organizational capacity, and/ or help maintain core programs and essential staff. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 185861

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

• Organizations serving San Mateo and/or Santa Clara counties. Organizations headquartered outside the two-county region may apply but should demonstrate significant service to these areas or partner with a local organization that can.
• Organizations with a 501(c)(3) designation, those that have a fiscal sponsor with a 501(c)(3) designation, public agencies, collaborations of nonprofit and public agencies, or other entities that have a designated charitable purpose.
• Organizations must not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, citizenship status, creed, religion, religious affiliation, age, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, veteran status or any other protected status.
• Organizations with religious affiliations will be considered for funding only if the project for which they seek support addresses the needs of the wider community without regard to religious beliefs.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant applications must be submitted through the online application system,
Apply SVCF, by 11:59 p.m. PST on Friday, March 20, 2020.

NOTE: March RFP due dates have been extended through Friday, April 3.

May 2020: Announcement of grant awards

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

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If you have questions, please contact the Foundation at or call 650.930.9885.

2440 W. El Camino Real, Suite 300 • Mountain View, CA 94040
T: 650.450.5400

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: San Mateo and/or Santa Clara counties


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