Community Foundation, San Mateo County offer grants

$1.5 million in 'economy-relatied' grants will go toward Santa Clara and San Mateo county relief organizations

In response to the ailing economy, the Silicon Valley community Foundation and San Mateo County will distribute $1.5 million in grants to nonprofit organizations that provide economic relief services to residents.

The foundation will award $1 million in grants to food and shelter organizations in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties.

San Mateo County will give $500,000 to nonprofits as part of an Economic Urgency Assistance Program, approved by the Board of Supervisors in April.

In addition to food and shelter organizations, the county will consider grants toward health care, financial, employment and other relief services.

"What we hope is that this $500,000 will help county residents who are on the edge remain self sufficient with a little help now rather than a lot of help later," San Mateo County Manager Dave Boesch said in a news release.

The recession has sharply increased unemployment and relief request in Santa Mateo County. About 1,200 county residents requested food stamps in January -- up 44 percent compared to the same month in 2008. The county unemployment rate has gone from 4.2 percent in March 2008 to 8.3 percent in March 2009.

Residents in Santa Clara County requesting public assistance increased more than 40 percent, according to the news release.

Nonprofit organizations requesting grants must submit applications to the foundation by May 28. Applications can be found both at the foundation's website and on San Mateo County's website.

Prospective applicants from Santa Clara County may attend an information session May 12. Applicants from San Mateo County can attend an information session May 14. Both sessions will take place at the community foundation in Mountain View. Registration for either session is available through the community foundation event website.

San Mateo County grantees will be announced in June. Santa Clara County grantees will be notified in July.


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