Sun04202014

Community

SVCF disburses grants to local organizations

The Mountain View-based Silicon Valley Community Foundation has awarded more than $2.2 million in grants to support organizations in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties that are improving disadvantaged students’ skills in mathematics, helping immigrants learn English to progress in the workforce and combating predatory lending practices.

“Silicon Valley Community Foundation has targeted these grants to organizations that can really make a difference at crucial points in people’s lives,” said Erica Wood, SVCF’s vice president of community leadership and grantmaking. “Students who conquer math in middle school have more academic success lifelong. People who learn English become more productive members of the local economy and more integrated into Silicon Valley. Avoiding the harmful cycle of payday lending helps build people’s financial security.”

Grant amounts range from $15,000 to $238,500 and are spread among three of the foundation’s focus areas: education, immigrant integration and economic security.

Local grantees include the Community Services Agency of Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View ($25,000); ALearn ($73,465); and the Krause Center for Innovation at Foothill College ($60,000).

Of the total amount granted, $748,465 will go to support 18 organizations whose programs align with the foundation’s grantmaking strategy for education. The grants are directed toward supporting out-of-school programs – those offered before and after school and during summer break – for students struggling to succeed in math, many of whom are students of color and/or from low-income families.

The out-of-school education grantees include the Silicon Valley Education Foundation, $75,000, for an intensive algebra-readiness program for more than 1,000 incoming eighth-graders during the summer.

Seventeen organizations received a total of $801,910 for developing and maintaining programs and processes for immigrants to learn English.

The foundation awarded $673,500 to five nonprofit organizations that fight the expansion of payday lending operations.

For a complete list of grants, visit siliconvalleycf.org.

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