Private Funder: Union Bank Foundation; Opportunity: Foundation Grants; Funding Focus: Education, housing and community development; Geographic Focus: California (where the bank has operations); Eligibility: Nonprofits; Funding: Varies, the foundation gave $4.7 million in grants last year; Deadline: Rolling.
Summary: The foundation supports nonprofits involved with education, affordable housing, community economic development, education, and the environment. Emphasis is given to programs benefiting low-to-moderate income populations. Education and social service programs do well; last year they received about half of the foundation’s grants. Youth groups, like Junior Achievement and Boys & Girls Clubs, also do well. Grant applications are evaluated on: track record, executive management, organizational vision and outcomes. The foundation has different application forms for each size of grant: $1,000 or less, $1,001 to $25,000 and more than $25,000. Start with the online form.