Thirty-two nonprofit organizations serving children and youth in California's San Mateo and Santa Clara counties will share $2.1 million from the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health as part of the foundation's inaugural round of funding.
The awards, which were announced by foundation president and CEO Stephen Peeps, are the first in what will be a program of twice-yearly grants. Next year's awards are expected to total $4.5 million over the two cycles.
The initial grants provide funding in two areas: protecting children ages 0 to 5 from injury, with an emphasis on preventing child abuse and neglect; and promoting behavioral, mental, and emotional health in pre-teens. Recipients of the awards include large collaboratives such as the Cornerstone Project of Santa Clara County and smaller agencies like San Jose's Korean American Community Services. Grants, which ranged from $36,000 to $300,000, were made for one, two, and three years.
Almost 650,000 children live in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, and more than a third of them are under the age of 5. Twelve percent of all children in the two counties live at or below the federal poverty level — a figure that would at least double if adjusted to reflect the high cost-of-living in the Bay Area.
We recognize the need for a philanthropic partner concerned exclusively with the health of the area's children," said Richard T. Schlosberg, president and CEO of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. "While our two foundations are wholly independent of one another, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation shares this area of concern. Children's health was, of course, Lucile Packard's passion. We think the new foundation's focus is critical, and we are — and will be — fully supportive of its efforts.