Kicking Off the 2015 Bay Area Inspire Awards

Application period: September 1 - October 16

This fall, we are launching the second round of the Bay Area Inspire Awards, which awards up to $10,000 to be used for an innovative community-oriented project. We are looking for fresh ideas that will help advance social equity in the Bay Area. 
Those eligible are young people between 18-30, who are living and working in either Alameda, San Francisco, or San Mateo Counties. 
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2015-2016 Teacher Resource Grants Now Available

We have begun accepting applications for all of our teacher resource grants for the 2015-2016 academic year. All of these programs are available to Bay Area public school teachers. 

"The ease of the program is so appealing - one page to apply, a check in two days, one-time follow-up report. The materials not only enrich the students' education, they give teachers needed inspiration to be creative and motivated." - previous teacher grant recipient 

This school year, we are excited to bring back our Science Resource Program, made possible due to generous funding from the John and Marcia Goldman Foundation.
Learn about each of our available teacher grants below! Specific grade and school district eligibility varies from program to program. 

About PVF
PVF is a demonstration foundation practicing unique forms of grantmaking and innovative philanthropy. Our primary interest is in the creative and significant use of the philanthropic dollar.
About the Editors

James Higa, Executive Director 

James Higa brings 28 years of executive experience from Silicon Valley, working with Steve Jobs to change the face of technology. He was at the birth of the personal computer revolution as a member of the original Macintosh team and was deeply involved in the creation of many products and services at Apple over 3 decades. He has a long history of public service as a board member of Stanford's Haas Center and in grassroots relief efforts.
Bill Somerville, Founder

Bill Somerville has been in non-profit and philanthropic work for 50 years. He was the director of a community foundation for 17 years, and in 1991 founded Philanthropic Ventures Foundation where he serves as President. Bill has consulted at over 400 community foundations, on creative grantmaking and foundation operations. Bill is the author of Grassroots Philanthropy: Field Notes of a Maverick Grantmaker.