The Silicon Valley Community Foundation has announced grants totaling $1.5 million to nonprofit organizations providing safety-net services in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.
In its second collaboration with San Mateo County since the recession began, SVCF matched the county's contribution of $500,000 to its 2012 Food and Shelter Grant Program with $1 million in grants to nineteen nonprofits working to provide food, clothing, shelter, and health care to the county's most vulnerable residents. Grants awarded include $150,000 to Samaritan House; $150,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank; and $30,000 to the Mental Health Association of San Mateo County.
The foundation also awarded grants totaling $560,000 to eighteen nonprofits in Santa Clara County, including $50,000 to InnVision the Way Home in support of emergency shelter, transitional housing, and other homeless services; $50,000 to Sacred Heart Community Service to provide groceries to low-income and homeless families; and $30,000 to Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence for its Domestic Violence Emergency Shelter Program.
"It is clear that many individuals and families continue to struggle with the effects of the recession, rising prices, and poverty," said Erica Wood, vice president of community leadership and grantmaking at SVCF. "Through our Community Opportunity Fund, we've helped increase the availability of both food and shelter for those with chronic needs and for residents who have sought help for the first time."