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FOUNDATION PARTNERS WITH YOUTUBE AND GOOGLE.ORG TO LAUNCH 2021-2022 COMMUNITY GRANTS FUND
With support from YouTube and Google.org, the San Bruno Community Foundation has launched the sixth annual cycle of its Community Grants Fund, with plans to award grants totaling $300,000 at the end of 2021. Local community organizations may apply for grants of up to $25,000 for programs that benefit the San Bruno community.
“Through the Community Grants Fund, the San Bruno Community Foundation invests in a wide variety of local organizations addressing critical needs of the San Bruno community. As many in our community continue to feel the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, our Community Grants fund organizations providing a wide range of social service, educational, cultural, and other programs to those in need,” said Foundation President Emily Roberts. “We are deeply grateful to YouTube/Google.org – true community partners in San Bruno – as their generosity amplifies the impact the Community Grants Fund has in our community.”
Eligible organizations can apply for a grant through the Foundation’s online application. For the 2021-2022 cycle, the application deadline is Wednesday, September 22, 2021, at 5:00 p.m.
To learn more about the Community Grants Fund and how to apply for a grant, you may attend an optional virtual Grant Workshop on Tuesday, August 17, at 6:30 p.m., or Wednesday, September 8, at 12:00 p.m. Zoom links will be posted here at least one week prior to each workshop.
The application period is now CLOSED.
SBCF AWARDS $40.5 MILLION GRANT FOR CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW SAN BRUNO RECREATION AND AQUATIC CENTER
At its June 15, 2021, meeting, the SBCF Board of Directors approved a $40,464,454 strategic grant to the City of San Bruno for the construction of the San Bruno Recreation and Aquatic Center to be built in San Bruno City Park. The construction grant was the eighth and final grant from SBCF funding the Recreation and Aquatic Center project, fulfilling a $50 million commitment made to the City in 2017.
“When the gas pipeline explosion happened nearly 11 years ago, we said that something good has to come out of this tragedy,” said SBCF Vice President and former San Bruno Mayor Jim Ruane. “The San Bruno Community Foundation is proud to provide $50 million in grants to fund the construction of a new Recreation and Aquatic Center in San Bruno City Park, a project identified as a top priority by the San Bruno community. Once built, this facility will forever be one of the most significant legacies of the Foundation.”
SBCF ANNOUNCES 2021 RECIPIENTS OF THE CRESTMOOR NEIGHBORHOOD MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
The San Bruno Community Foundation announced the 2021 recipients of the Crestmoor Neighborhood Memorial Scholarship. In its sixth year, the Crestmoor Scholarship provides multi-year college scholarship awards to outstanding San Bruno students who have demonstrated a strong commitment to the San Bruno community.
The 2021 Crestmoor Scholars include Capuchino High School seniors Michael Eiserle, Jocelynn Franco, Carlos Gonzalez, Mia Ledesma, Rania Mili, Kassidy Anne Patron, Isabella Ramirez, and Estefany Vega and Skyline College students Alejandra Aguirre, Khaoula Aissaoui, Alyssa Gacos, Christopher Wardell, and Anthony Yu.
With support from the Joseph W Welch Jr Foundation, the San Mateo County Association of REALTORS® Foundation, and Allan and Mary Lou Johnson, SBCF is awarding 13 college scholarships totaling $195,000.
“Resilience, passion, and commitment to the community are common characteristics of this year’s Crestmoor Scholars,” said Emily Roberts, President of the Foundation’s Board of Directors. “We are thrilled to support their pursuit of a college education with multi-year scholarships. They bring us tremendous hope for the future of our community and our world.”
The 2021 Crestmoor Scholars will be honored at the Foundation's June 2 Board meeting.
FOUNDATION AWARDS $157,000 TO ASSIST SAN BRUNO SMALL BUSINESSES; COVID-19 RELIEF GRANTS NOW TOTAL $757,000 TO ASSIST KEY COMPONENTS OF THE SAN BRUNO COMMUNITY
To assist key components of the San Bruno community, including schools and small businesses, negatively impacted by the pandemic, SBCF has awarded six COVID-19 relief grants totaling $757,000.
The latest grant, which the SBCF Board of Directors approved on March 3, 2021, provides a second tranche of funding of $157,000 to support the Small Business Recovery and Assistance Program run by the Bay Area Entrepreneur Center of Skyline College.
In May 2020, the SBCF Board approved a package of three COVID-19 relief grants totaling $490,000 to assist San Bruno schools and small businesses. The grants included $240,000 to the San Bruno Education Foundation to provide all teachers in the San Bruno Park School District with new laptops to ensure that they have up-to-date digital tools necessary to adapt to online teaching methods in a new era of distance learning; $150,000 to support small businesses in San Bruno through the San Mateo County Strong Small Business Grant Program; and $100,000 to fund the creation of the San Bruno Small Business Recovery Assistance Program.
In April 2020, the Foundation provided a $10,000 grant to the City of San Bruno to help provide internet access to low-income students for distance learning.
And in September 2020, the Foundation donated $100,000 to the County of San Mateo's Child Care Relief Fund to support child care providers in San Bruno.
UPCOMING BOARD AND COMMITTEE MEETINGS
October 13, 2021: Special SBCF Board Nomination Ad Hoc Committee Meeting, 4:30 p.m., San Bruno City Hall, Room 115
October 15, 2021: Special Audit Committee Meeting, 3:00 p.m., via Zoom
November 3, 2021: Regular Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m., via Zoom
November 17, 2021: Regular Investment Committee Meeting, 4:30 p.m., via Zoom
Zoom links are included on the posted meeting agendas.
RECREATION AND AQUATIC CENTER GROUNDBREAKING
On August 27, 2021, the SBCF Board of Directors celebrated the beginning of construction of the new Recreation and Aquatic Center in San Bruno City Park. City officials, other dignitaries, and the entire San Bruno community joined the festivities.
The new facilities is expected to open to the public in 2023.
REMEMBERING SEPTEMBER 9, 2010
September 9, 2020, marked the ten-year anniversary of the tragedy that struck San Bruno when a high-pressure natural gas pipeline exploded in the city’s Crestmoor neighborhood and transformed our city forever. We remember all those who suffered from the tragedy, especially Lavonne Bullis, Greg Bullis, William Bullis, James Franco, Jacqueline Greig, Janessa Greig, Jessica Morales, and Elizabeth Torres. We also honor this community that continues to come together with resiliency, teamwork, leadership, and commitment to help one another in challenging times such as these.
The City of San Bruno has created a virtual exhibit highlighting what happened the evening of September 9, 2010, the aftermath of the explosion, and the resiliency of the community. In addition to being available online, the exhibit is being shown on a public engagement kiosk, which SBCF funded with a $10,000 grant, in the Earl-Glenview Park.
2021 ANNUAL REPORT
Download the Foundation's latest Annual Report here.
Featuring Jim Ruane and Pcyeta Stroud
Listen to Jim and Pcyeta discuss how SBCF support for San Bruno's small businesses strengthens the community in the wake of COVID-19.