Community Grants Program

Community grants are given in response to critical community needs to fund new programs, specialized training, capital expenditures and general operating funds.

To qualify, applicants must:
  • Provide services in the League’s Service Area (Atherton, Belmont, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Menlo Park, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Portola Valley, Redwood City, San Carlos, Stanford, Sunnyvale and Woodside)
  • Have 501(c)(3) status with the IRS
  • Provide an example of how their mission aligns with the JLPA•MP’s focus area of empowering girls to be STEAM leaders of tomorrow. Nonprofit programs that don’t provide direct STEAM-related services should make sure to include in the application an explanation of how their program connects or enhances girls’ ability to enter STEAM professional fields.

The deadline for grant applications for the 2018-2019 grant cycle has passed. Applications will be reviewed in February 2019 and recipients will be announced in April 2019. Grant awards will be presented in May 2019 at our General Membership Meeting

For more information, please contact the Community Development Committee.

Recent Giving

2018 Grants

In May, 2018 grants were awarded to the following local nonprofits:

Habitat for Humanity
Supports the STEM Playhouse Program where children use STEM concepts to build playhouses which are donated to Blue Star Moms.

Rosalie Rendu Center
Supports a family enrichment program for 90 people including children and their families providing funds for transportation, admission to The Tech Museum, and tickets to IMAX.

Science is Elementary
Funds materials and books for the Boys and Girls Club Literacy Partnership, which provides books to 30 classrooms (K-2nd grade).

Supports the ACES and Adventure Summer Camp at three family shelters within the JLPA•MP service area. The program introduces approximately 100 homeless youth to and engages them in STEAM-focused concepts and learning.

Girls Driving for a Difference
Supports the Girls Driving for a Difference Summer Camp including rental, supplies, teaching materials and staff training. Girls Driving for a Difference empowers girls to become leaders of social change through design thinking.

2017 Grants

In May 2015, the League provided funding to our long-time partner The Tech Museum of Innovation to establish Girls Day @ The Tech a new program focused on engaging girls with STEAM education. Girls from the Peninsula are transported to The Tech, where they will participate in hands-on workshops, interact with exhibits and hear from women working in tech today. League members will also aid in establishing The Tech's Girls Day @ The Tech Committee, which will help provide future community and financial support for the museum.

3 Grants were given out during the 2015-2016 League year. The first grant of $11,000 was awarded to the Encinal Elementary School for their Charlie Cart Project. Second grant was awarded to the Mouse Squad of California for $10,000. Lastly the third grant was awarded to The Tech Museum of Innovation for $10,000. 

In 2014, the JLPA•MP gave $50,000 in community grants to 11 local nonprofits.  

A Legacy of Giving

Click here for a list of the nearly 200 local nonprofit organizations the JLPA•MP has supported with grants since 1965.