Los Altos Community Foundation awards $80,000 to nonprofit groups

Los Altos Community Foundation awarded $80,000 in its spring grants cycle to 18 local nonprofit organizations and programs that address the needs and improve the quality of life for seniors, youth and vulnerable populations in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View.

The grants support programs such as Grassroots Ecology’s community service and educational opportunities at four local nature preserves in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills; Hope’s Corner, to support access and referrals to resources that help the homeless and vulnerable; and the Los Altos History Museum, for its upcoming exhibition and related programming focused on the 30th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake.

“LACF’s community grants help local nonprofits develop programs that address the changing needs of our community,” said Joe Eyre, executive director. “It’s inspiring to support organizations launching innovative new activities as well as running ongoing proven initiatives.”

LACF’s spring grant recipients also include:

  • Bay Area Furniture Bank, for shelving to better store large donated items.

  • Canopy, for its Eco-schoolyards program in the Mountain View Whisman School District.

• Community Health Awareness Council, for its new social-emotional learning program for fifth-graders.

• Community Services Agency, for its new client services database.

• Computer Engineers of the Next Generation, for free coding classes for underrepresented elementary school students.

• El Camino YMCA, for its Safety Around Water program for underserved children.

• Festival of Lights Parade Association, for its annual parade expenses.

• Hidden Villa, for operating its hiking trails, gardens and programs for underserved youth and families.

• Los Altos Stage Company, for its artistic and educational programs.

• Mentor Tutor Connection, for volunteer recruitment, training and program staffing.

• Peninsula Bridge, for its Mountain View Middle School Academy.

• Science is Elementary, for its science instruction for students and professional development for teachers as they learn to integrate science with literacy.

• Senior Inclusion and Participation Project, for its mission to reduce the impact of senior loneliness and isolation.

  • Westwind 4H Riding for the Handicapped, for ongoing health services for its horses and facilities maintenance.

• WomenSV, for support, professional training and public education on domestic violence.

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