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The mid-year grant cycle is fast approaching, and the Community Foundation for San Benito County has been busy assisting and funding worthwhile projects in our community. To date, the Foundation has awarded over $100,000 in grants through the Community Impact Grants Program and Women's Fund.

San Benito County Grant Recipients 
Bulldog Boxing–At-Risk Youth Intervention
Community Food Bank–Community Engagement and Fund Development
Community Solutions–Domestic Violence Prevention Outreach
Emmaus House–Domestic Violence Shelter
Fishes and Loaves–Feeding the Poor
Girls Inc. of the Central Coast–Teen Girls Empowerment Programs
San Benito County Chamber of Commerce–SBC Tourism and Development
Friends of the San Benito County Free Library–New Library Technology
Sun Street Centers–Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation
Step Forward Foundation–Immigration Services for Migrant Women
Youth Alliance–Teen Pregnancy Services and Youth Support

The Community Foundation strongly encourages nonprofits to review their current program needs and to consider the Community Foundation for funding by submitting a grant application. As one of our most recent recipients, Sun Street Centers will soon be looking for a location in our community. CEO Anna Foglia said, “We are very excited about expanding recovery services in San Benito County! The people of Hollister have been warm and welcoming, starting with the incredible leadership and staff of the Community Foundation. It is clear the Foundation is sensitive to the needs of community members to receive services in their own home town instead of being referred to other counties. I look forward to a long collaboration!”

Although the grant cycle for the Women’s Fund is closed, the Community Impact Grants Program is a competitive granting process open to all San Benito County nonprofits through November of 2015. The program is supported by local donors, as well as the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. Applications are available at

There is also still time for donors to make an impact. Become part of the local granting process by supporting the Community Impact Grants Program through Planned Giving. For more information on how the Community Foundation can help you with this process, please contact Stephanie Hicks at 831-630-1924, or