The Fleishhacker Foundation was established in 1947 to improve the quality of life in the San Francisco Bay Area.
To that end, the foundation is inviting proposals for its Literacy Initiative, which was launched in recognition of the educational achievement gap of at-risk students, particularly those in large urban school districts with low-income backgrounds. Through the program, grants will be awarded to Bay Area organizations in support of K-5 literacy programs serving disadvantaged students. The initiative supports programs that improve early reading readiness, grade-level attainment by the end of third grade, and students leaving fifth grade ready for the more challenging work of middle and high school (including college preparatory courses).
Grants will be awarded to organizations whose primary overall mission is academic support for disadvantaged and/or at-risk students, or whose programming is largely concentrated in this area. Priority will be given to school-day classroom-based programs and those serving a significant number of students.
Letters of Intent are due December 15. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by January 15, 2020.
To be eligible, applicants must provide evidence of tax-exempt status.
See the Fleishhacker Foundation website for complete program guidelines, application instructions, and a list of previous awardees.