Los Altos Community Foundation awards $177K in grants

Los Altos Community Foundation recently awarded $177,600 in fall grants to 31 local nonprofits and programs based in – or directly serving – the communities of Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View.

LACF provides ongoing unrestricted operating or project support to its nonprofit partners through its Community Impact grants program and its 2020 Nonprofit Relief Fund, which funds organizations assisting those most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The grants support programs such as the Community School of Music & Arts’ subsidized, bilingual preschool music and arts program at target Mountain View schools; MVLA Scholars scholarships for first-generation, low-income students; and Ravenswood Family Health Network’s comprehensive health-care services.

“LACF’s grants help nonprofits tackle important community issues and bring hope to local residents both now and for the long term,” said Adin Miller, LACF executive director. “We value our role in funding nonprofit organizations to better serve and improve our community during the pandemic and beyond.”

Grant recipients

LACF’s fall nonprofit Community Impact grants recipients and programs also include:

• Animal Assisted Happiness, for its therapeutic animal visits to local schools program.

• Arts Los Altos, for the creation of an artistic mural in Los Altos.

• Emotions in Harmony Inc., for the creation of YouTube videos that enhance resilience in the Spanish-speaking community.

• EdOpTech Inc., for refurbishing donated computers for low-income families.

• GreenTown Los Altos, for replacing parts needed to refurbish used bicycles.

• Junior Achievement of Northern California, for its financial literacy program at Huff Elementary School in Mountain View.

• Mission Be, for its Mindfulness Education Program at Huff and Blach Intermediate School in Los Altos.

• Silicon Valley Education Foundation, for its Elevate (Math) and Computer Science Institute programs at Huff.

• Pear Theatre, for general operating support for staff, artists and production needs.

• YMCA of Silicon Valley Project Cornerstone, for supporting its Developmental Assets model, which empowers youth, parents and school staff to build positive relationships.

• Youth Drama For All, for a Zoom license and tuition reduction for students.

LACF’s Round Three and Round Four 2020 Nonprofit Relief Fund recipients include:

• Cantabile Youth Singers, for staff operation support and choral lessons for students.

• Day Worker Center of Mountain View, for operations, client assistance and community advocacy support.

• Healthier Kids Foundation, for baby-care packages for families in need.

• IsraAid, for virtual local mental health resilience programs and emergency response training.

• Kitchen Table Advisors, for coaching support for local farmers in their efforts to provide nutritious foods to the community.

• City of Los Altos Mature Adult Center, for virtual social outlets and events for seniors.

• Los Altos Stage Company, for education staff and after-school programs.

• Mentor Tutor Connection, for its Remote Tutoring Program for K-8 students.

• Palo Alto University, for telehealth efforts and student training support.

• Pink Ribbon Girls, for supporting breast cancer patients and families impacted by COVID-19.

• Foster youth programs, for providing support in local schools and community colleges during the pandemic.

• Science is Elementary, for providing 1,000 science skits for underserved local schoolchildren.

• SV Creates (Silicon Valley Creativity Corps), for supporting its regional workforce and economic development initiative for the creative community.

• Pear Theatre, for providing free tickets and access to underserved populations.

• Working Scholars, for providing continued college funding for employees in the Mountain View Whisman School District.

“On behalf of The Pear, we would like to thank LACF for supporting artists and community organizations like ours,” said Sinjin Jones, executive artistic director of the Pear Theatre. “It is through grants like these that we can keep things moving both operationally and artistically during these challenging times and into the future.”

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