What We Fund

Priority Areas

The Scott Foundation believes in providing children with every opportunity to be successful, healthy, and happy individuals. Our focus areas are:

Educational Equity / Early Childhood Education

Access and enrollment for young children in preschool programs and support programs for elementary school children

Girls and Women in STEM

Encouraging girls and women to be passionate about and enter the fields of computing and technology, as well as promoting interest and careers in STEM fields more generally


Food assistance programs for children and families

Social Impact

Organizations making a significant impact on the community

Funding Guidelines

We primarily focus our grantmaking on Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties in California. Generally, our grants range from $5,000 – $50,000 depending on the need, scope, and strength of the program. Our grants are one-year grants, with the potential for continued support based on the success of the first-year grant and the availability of funds.

We provide program support and seed funding. We will consider general operating funds if the mission of the organization is in direct alignment with our focus areas.


We believe in investing our philanthropic dollars close to home, therefore we only consider requests from organizations located or working in Santa Clara or San Mateo Counties. On rare occasions, we will consider requests from other San Francisco Bay Area counties if there is strong alignment with our focus areas.

We do not fund:

  • Grants to individuals
  • Capital campaigns
  • Grants to religious organizations unless their programming is not restricted to their own membership

Apply for a Grant

Letter of Intent

Organizations that wish to request funding should submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) first. There is no formal application or form to apply for a grant. We ask that LOIs be kept to two pages (not including attachments) and should include the following information:

  • Contact name, title, address, phone number, and email.
  • The purpose of your organization, including a brief description of your mission and the population that your organization serves.
  • The reason for your grant request, including the amount requested, and how the funds will be used.
  • Indicate whether your request is seeking general operating support for your organization or support for a specific project. If seeking project support, please provide project description, including the geographic region and population you serve (if different than in your brief description of the organization above).
  • Describe the key anticipated outcomes of the program.
  • Attachment 1: A copy of your IRS letter indicating your organization’s non-profit, tax-exempt status.
  • Attachment 2: Line item budget. If you are requesting general operating support, please include a line item budget for your organization. If you are requesting project support, please provide a line item budget for the project.

Please do not submit other materials at this time (including CDs, audio/video tapes, annual reports, brochures, etc.).

Proposals (if invited)

We do not accept unsolicited proposals. If we find that your work is a good fit with our mission, focus areas, and interests based on your LOI, we will invite you to submit a full proposal and provide you with guidelines at that time. Before awarding any grant, we may request additional information about your program or organization and/or past financial statements.

Additionally, if you have received funds from The Scott Foundation in the past, please attach a brief report on how these prior grants were used.

An invitation to submit a full proposal does not indicate a commitment to fund. At the discretion of the Board, a grant proposal may be declined without further consideration.

Submission and Notification

LOIs and invited proposals must be received by the deadline dates. LOIs and proposals will be reviewed and evaluated according to the deadline schedule below.

Please allow 4-6 weeks for review of your proposal. Please do not contact the Foundation before this time to inquire about the status of your proposal. All organizations will be informed in writing of the decision of the Foundation.


LOI DeadlineFebruary 15September 15
LOI NotificationMarch 31October 31
Proposal DeadlineApril 1November 1
Proposal NotificationMay 31December 31


If awarded a grant, you will be expected to provide a report on the success of your project. The Scott Foundation requires a follow-up report from the organization within sixty (60) days from the end of the grant period in order to help us gauge the impact of our grantmaking on the community. Future requests for funding are not automatically granted and final reports are an important factor in future funding decisions. If you are a current grant recipient, you may apply at the next cycle as long as you include a final report with your submission.

Thank you for your interest in The Scott Foundation.

We wish you success in your endeavors to improve our communities.