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For the 2023-2024 cycle, the San Bruno Community Foundation is awarding Community Grants totaling $300,000 to local organizations for 26 programs that benefit the San Bruno community. The Foundation is pleased to partner with YouTube/Google.Org, which provided $100,000 of the grant funds being distributed, on the Community Grants Fund this year. The grant awards include:


  • $12,000 to Art in Action to deliver visual arts education curriculum at San Bruno Park School District elementary schools to provide all students, regardless of economic circumstances, with an outlet for creative self-expression


  • $15,000 to CASA of San Mateo County to support San Bruno children in foster care and/or the juvenile justice system by pairing them with trained community volunteers who provide one-on-one support, mentoring, and advocacy in the courtroom and beyond


  • $10,000 to Catalino Tapia Scholarship Foundation to provide comprehensive support to first-generation college students by offering scholarships, mentorship, workshops, and stipends, ensuring their success in higher education and beyond



  • $25,000 to CORA (Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse) to provide San Bruno victims and survivors of domestic violence with 24-hour access to crisis intervention services, including crisis counseling, safety planning, and access to emergency shelter


  • $12,500 to Each Green Corner to empower students to address food insecurity and climate readiness through sustainable urban agriculture and the Food Explorers Curriculum by supporting the garden and outdoor classroom complex at Portola Elementary School with a food systems educator and storage infrastructure


  • $7,500 to Junior Achievement of Northern California to provide financial literacy, workforce readiness, and entrepreneurship programming to Capuchino High School students, cultivating the knowledge and skills needed to move toward college and career success, through the Inspiring Economic Empowerment program


  • $10,000 to Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County to provide legal assistance to San Bruno residents facing eviction or living in substandard conditions with the goal of keeping them in their homes, preventing homelessness through enforcement of legal rights, and remedying inadequate living conditions through advocacy


  • $12,500 to LifeMoves to support unsheltered San Bruno residents, address their behavioral health and medical needs, and provide individualized case management through the Homeless Outreach Team


  • $6,000 to Lowen Soccer Club to enable economically disadvantaged San Bruno youth to participate on competitive club soccer teams through Lowen's Scholarship Program


  • $20,000 to Mindful Life Project to provide mental health and wellness support through comprehensive in-person, full-time mindfulness-based social and emotional learning programming at Belle Air and Allen Elementary Schools


  • $5,000 to Mission Hospice and Home Care, Inc., to offer free monthly drop-in grief support with experienced bereavement counselors for community members at the San Bruno Senior Center


  • $15,000 to Music for Minors to provide standards-based, in-school music education to TK-2nd grade students at San Bruno Park School District elementary schools



  • $12,500 to Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center to coordinate a series of activation events in downtown San Bruno involving local businesses, community vendors, and performing artists to promote and celebrate San Bruno's small businesses


  • $15,000 to San Bruno Community Gardens, Inc., to bolster and sustain San Bruno's community-enhancing community garden by investing in capital improvements including a new irrigation system


  • $16,500 to San Bruno Education Foundation to establish a scholarship program to enable socioeconomically disadvantaged eighth graders to experience U.S. history first-hand and participate in Parkside Intermediate School's annual trip to Washington, DC, and Williamsburg, Virginia


  • $7,000 to San Bruno Lions Foundation to distribute holiday food baskets to San Bruno families in need through San Bruno public schools


  • $5,000 to San Bruno Lions Foundation to provide a special winter holiday experience for special education students and teachers at El Portal School in San Bruno



  • $15,000 to San Mateo Union High School District to expand Capuchino High School's Summer Bridge Program for incoming ninth grade students, allowing for greater interpersonal connections and enhanced social and emotional learning opportunities for students and faculty



  • $15,000 to Sonrisas Dental Health, Inc., to improve health equity in San Mateo County by removing systemic barriers to care, providing prevention education, and increasing dental utilization for adult residents of San Bruno


  • $10,000 to StarVista to provide school-based mental health education presentations covering such topics as depression, anxiety, coping skills, stress, help-seeking, and suicide prevention, to reduce stigma and increase access to care for San Bruno high school students


  • $7,500 to Upward Scholars to provide financial assistance, academic support, career development opportunities, and mental health support to San Bruno adult immigrants enrolled in community college​


Carolina Valverde of Mindful Life Project shared how the organization's mindfulness and social and emotional learning curriculum is benefiting students at Belle Air and Allen elementary schools.  

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At the December 6, 2023, SBCF Board meeting, Peter Sherman of San Bruno Community Gardens Inc. explained how its Community Grant would fund a new irrigation system to sustain the community gardens for the next two decades.  

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Capuchino High School Principal Jose Gomez explained how Community Grant funds will enable an expansion of the school's Summer Bridge Program for incoming ninth graders, helping prepare them academically and emotionally for the rigor of high school.

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