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The Community Fund: Pairing Grants with Capacity Building

Wednesday, August 4, 2021
The application period for the 2022 Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Community Fund is open! The Community Fund pairs grants with capacity building programming to support local organizations breaking down barriers to help create a more socially, economically, and racially just San Mateo County. 

As the Community Fund enters its fifth year, CZI is expanding the geographic reach of the program to support organizations working across San Mateo County, prioritizing communities most impacted by structural racism and inequities. 

CZI is also introducing other program changes to strengthen the Community Fund and support for organizations working in San Mateo County:

  • Shifting Community Fund grants from one-year grants to two-year grants to provide partners with greater flexibility and opportunity to respond to crises, build capacity, and strengthen outcomes. 
  • Introduction of a community review panel to ensure grantmaking decisions are informed by community participation and feedback. The 24-person Community Fund review panel will be composed of San Mateo County community members and CZI employees.

Nonprofit organizations working in San Mateo County can submit applications July 12, 2021, through August 27, 2021. Selected organizations will join the 2022 Community Fund grant partner cohort, receiving a two-year grant up to $200,000, and the opportunity to participate in a collaborative capacity building program to support leadership and organizational development.

Learn more about the Community Fund here.