For Grantseekers

Currently, the foundation IS NOT accepting applications from organizations that are not currently funded. 

The foundation supports exempt nonprofit and public organizations in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo counties in California, and in the state of Oregon.

The trustees of the William G. Gilmore Foundation live in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Oregon. The foundation leadership encourages each trustee to bring proposals from his or her own community to be considered by the full board, which meets twice each year.

Oregon organizations should not send letters of inquiry or any other materials to the foundation. Board trustees will personally invite eligible organizations from Oregon to apply.

Bay Area organizations may submit applications through the foundation’s online grants management platform. Before proceeding with the application process, please review the following information completely:

  • The foundation supports programs in counseling and academic support, and in academic and artistic enrichment for children and young adults; support services for the disabled; food, shelter, employment and counseling services for families in need and disadvantaged individuals.
  • The Board of Directors reviews all proposals and makes all funding decisions. Staff is unable to provide advice or feedback on applications or denials.
  • The William C. Gilmore Foundation Trustees meet twice a year, in June and December, to approve grants. Please note the submission dates in the application procedures. Applications received at times other than the submissions windows will not be considered for funding.
  • Bay Area grants range from $1,000 to $40,000 in size. The average grant awarded is $15,000.