Proposals for grant funding accepted

SVCF supports the most effective and innovative organizations in our region to solve the most challenging problems and strengthen the common good. Read the information below to find out about our most recent RFPs. 

Education: Out-of-School Strategies

RFP Out-of-School
Aug. 22 - RFP Opened
Aug. 29 - Info Session
Sept. 23 - Proposals Due

Competence in mathematics is essential for functioning in everyday life, as well as for success in our increasingly knowledge-based economy. Students who are not proficient in mathematics coursework in middle school are far less likely to take four courses of college-track mathematics in high school and pursue higher education. Despite the many signs that point to the importance of middle school mathematics, an alarming number of students in the region do not achieve proficiency. The numbers are particularly high for English learners, students of color and low-income students.

This education RFP aims to fund out-of-school programs that provide high-quality extended learning opportunities that rigorously prepare students to be successful in middle school mathematics coursework. 

Immigration: Adult English Language Acquisition

RFP Adult Language Acqui
Aug. 29 - RFP Opens
Sept. 8 - Info Session
Sept. 30 - Proposals Due

Silicon Valley is a diverse region. More than one-third of the 2.5 million residents of San Mateo and Santa Clara counties are immigrants, and almost two-thirds of those younger than 18 are children of immigrants. Immigrant entrepreneurs have contributed considerably to innovation and job creation in Silicon Valley, and nearly half of our workforce is foreign-born. Our region’s continued prosperity and quality of life depend on our ability to create communities that recognize immigrants as assets and that honor shared values of family, hard work and opportunity for all. 

SVCF’s goal for this strategy is to address the demand for high-quality English language programs in our region. SVCF will award grants in two types of programs that improve English skills for adult immigrants – English as a Second Language and Vocational English as a Second Language, or ESL and VESL instruction.

Economic Security: Anti-Payday Lending Policy Advocacy

RFP Anti-Payday Lending
Aug. 29 - RFP Opened
Sept. 8 - Info Session
Sept. 30 - Proposals Due

Nearly one in four Silicon Valley residents is asset poor, meaning they lack the cash reserves or equity in their homes or businesses to meet basic needs for three months in the case of an unexpected financial hardship. Low-wage workers within communities of color, as well as first- and second-generation immigrants, are likely to be disproportionately represented in this category. 

For these consumers, unforeseen expenses such as a job loss, a medical emergency or auto repairs can mean the difference between financial stability and income insecurity. Payday loans, also known as a “cash advances” or “check loans,” are small-dollar loans, typically for less than $500, whose full repayment is due on the borrower’s next payday, usually in two weeks. Average annual percentage rates (APRs) on these loans often exceed 400 percent on a 14-day loan. The individuals targeted by payday loan establishments are those who can least afford to see their earnings depleted further by predatory practices, including excessive interest rates, high bounced check and overdraft fees and other negative features.

This strategy seeks to curb the predatory practices of payday lenders by informing the community – as well as public officials at all levels of government – about the detrimental effects of these products on a family’s financial stability. We seek to build broad-based support for public policies to regulate and curb this insidious wealth-stripping practice, mitigate further abuses and lay a strong foundation for economic well-being in Silicon Valley and across California.