LACF accepts grant applications addressing community needs


The Los Altos Community Foundation is accepting community grant applications through Tuesday.

The foundation’s Community Grants Program supports nonprofit organizations and activities that serve residents of Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and surrounding areas.

According to foundation officials, the organization awards grants to programs and projects that address unmet community needs or enhance the quality of life.

Foundation officials added that their grants aim to help existing local nonprofit organizations and facilitate new and emerging philanthropy.

Recent grant recipients and projects include the nonprofit Acterra’s community-based environmental stewardship efforts, Community Services Agency’s purchase of sleeping bags for the homeless and Peninsula Youth Theatre’s low-income scholarships.

ALearn, a Town Crier Holiday Fund recipient, received a grant for its Girls Exploring Math program in the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District.

ALearn CEO Kathryn Hanson said her organization is “extremely pleased” to partner again with the foundation to help underserved students in the district improve their math knowledge, feel excited about school and prepare for college.

“LACF is proud of how its grants have positively benefited the social, health and environmental aspects of our community,” said foundation Executive Director Joe Eyre.

The foundation has donated more than $1.3 million to local organizations since its founding in 1991.

Since 2007, the foundation has managed a re-granting program for the Los Altos-based David and Lucile Packard Foundation. In 2015, the Los Altos Community Foundation began managing a re-granting program in partnership with the Heising-Simons Foundation, which recently relocated its offices to downtown Los Altos.

The mission of the Los Altos Community Foundation is to strengthen the community by stimulating philanthropy and civic engagement.

For grant applications and more information, call 949-5908 or visit

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