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By Henrietta J. Burroughs                    Follow East Palo Alto Today on
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CZI Community Graphic
Community Graphic     Courtesy of the CZI Community Fund


The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative announced today that it had created a fund called the CZI Community Fund to provide local community grants to four local communities in the areas of education, housing, homelessness, immigration, transportation and workforce development.
According to the CZI Community Fund, these areas were chosen through information based on community feedback collected over the past three years "through ongoing conversations with community members..., community input sessions, a community survey and...other community engagement efforts" that have taken place in Belle Haven, East Palo Alto, North Fair Oaks and the Redwood City communities.

To address community needs in these areas,  the CZI Community Fund will award grants of $25,000 to $100,000 to selected applicants whose organizations have a focus on one of the targeted priorities. The funds are available only to those nonprofit organizations with a 501c3 designation and to organizations with a fiscal sponsor or agent. Only organizations that are working in the Belle Haven, East Palo Alto, North Fair Oaks and the Redwood City communities are eligible to apply for the grants.

According to the information found on the fund’s website at http://www.chanzuckerberg.com/community-fund, “Funding requests will be evaluated in two tiers: $25,000-$50,000 and $51,000-$100,000.... The final grant amounts will vary and they will be determined by the scale and scope of the submitted proposal, by the organization’s capacity, and by the number of qualified applications submitted to the Fund."

The awarded grants can be used for such activities as the implementation of a new program; the continuation or expansion of a program, if able to document history of compelling, quantified impact; the organization’s personnel, facility, supplies, equipment, and other direct expenses essential to the project; community outreach/publicity to targeted clients; staff or volunteer training and indirect costs, if an explanation is provided justifying the need.

Application Process
The CZI Community Fund will accept applications through the CZI online grants management system or by mail until 5:00 p.m. PST on November 30, 2017. To apply online (preferred), click the blue "Apply" button on the upper right side of the screen. All applicants will be asked to create an account and verify their email address before they are given access to the application. Creating an account will allow applicants to safely save and resume their application and upload their organization or project budget any time before the application deadline. They will also be able to check the status of their application once it has been successfully submitted. 

All who are interested in downloading a hard copy version of the application can download the application here. Completed applications must be returned to the following address by 5:00 p.m. PST on December 1, 2017:

Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Attn: CZI Community Fund
2440 W El Camino, Suite 300
Mountain View, CA 94040

Upon the submission of an application, the applicant will receive an email confirming its receipt. All applications will be reviewed and evaluated based on the eligibility requirements and fund criteria. The strongest applications will be recommended for funding.

Applicants will be notified with a final decision by January 15, 2018. Approved funding requests will have a grant period of January 15, 2018 - December 30, 2018.

Anyone with questions about the CZI Community Fund application process can email them to community@chanzuckerberg.com. More information about the grants can be found at https://www.chanzuckerberg.com/community-fund


Henrietta J. Burroughs, the author of this article, can be contacted by email at epatoday@epatoday.org