Grantee Guide

About the Fund

The Palo Alto Community Fund (PACF) focuses on the unique needs of our community and channels charitable giving of local donors to effective organizations that improve the quality of life for everyone in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto and Menlo Park. 

PACF is governed by a Board of Directors, composed of local leaders who represent a wide range of community interests.

Grant Range

Our grants are for one year of funding and typically range from $5,000 to $20,000.  

Who May Apply

PACF supports charitable nonprofit organizations whose programs serve the communities of the Palo Alto area, East Palo Alto, or Menlo Park with particular focus on:

    • Supporting families
    • Enhancing community life
    • Uplifting the vulnerable
    • Supporting educational opportunities

Grants are for general operating support based on the philosophy of Trust Based Philanthropy.

Who May Not Apply

PACF does not consider funding requests for fundraising events, endowment funds, capital and endowment campaigns, political or religious activities, deficit funding or cash reserves, for-profit schools, or basic research programs.  Organizations must serve the Palo Alto, East Palo Alto and/or Menlo Park communities.

Organizations applying through a fiscal agent should contact the executive director of the Fund to discuss whether additional information may be required.

Important Dates

  • Completed applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, January 15, 2021.
  • Zoom interviews (about 20-30 minutes) will be conducted between January 15 and February 12, 2021. 
  • Applicants will be notified by mid-May 2021.