DANVILLE – The Kiwanis Club of San Ramon Valley through its affiliate, the San Ramon Valley Kiwanis Foundation, has issued a call for community non-profit organizations throughout the area to apply for $30,000 in grants to be awarded during 2016. Ranging from $500 to $3,000, the grants are designed to support programs and projects that help both specific organizations and the broader community.
According to grants chairman, John Lineweaver, the bulk of the grants will be awarded in May. Additional monies will be held in reserve to provide emergency grants, fund Kiwanis community service projects, and support of four local Kiwanis High School Key Clubs. The total of this direct youth support will exceed $20,000, making the total dollar amount of their community service grants and funding more than $50,000 for 2016.
Lineweaver noted that Kiwanis generally recognizes grant applications from projects that serve residents of the San Ramon Valley, although non-profit organizations need not be located in the Valley itself. Specific eligibility criteria are listed on the Kiwanis website at www.kiwanis-srv.org. Because Kiwanis makes a single grant to the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation for distribution to district schools, grants are NOT available for individual schools.
Grant consideration is given to programs that focus on children, the infirm or the elderly and provide solace, comfort or consolation.
Last year, 43 separate non-profit organizations received grants, including Agape Villages Foster Family Agency, Assistance Leagues of Amador and Diablo Valleys, Bay Area Crisis Nursery, Camp Camelot, Cancer Support Community, Care Parent Network, Center for Community Dispute Settlement, Child Abuse Prevention Council of CC, Contra Costa Interfaith Housing, Court Appointed Special Advocates, Danville Community Band, Diablo Valley Quilters, Diablo Valley Veterans Foundation, Discovery Counseling Center of SRV, Down Syndrome Connection, EPIC Healthy Choices, Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano, Hearing Loss Assoc. of America-Diablo Valley, Hope Hospice, Inc., Hospice of the East Bay, Loaves & Fishes of CC, Moment by Moment, Monument Crisis Center, Museum of the San Ramon Valley, National Coalition Against Rx Drug Abuse, Nayeli Faith Foundation, New Day For Children, Ombudsman Services of CC, Police & Fire: The Fallen Heroes, San Ramon Historic Foundation, San Ramon Library Foundation, School of Imagination, Senior Helpline Services, Shelter Inc. of CCC, SonRise Equestrian Foundation, St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church-Adopt-A-Bike Program, STAND! For Families Free of Violence, The Lucille Glass Mauzy Foundation, The Taylor Family Foundation, VESTIA, INC., and We Care Services for Children.
The SRV Kiwanis Foundation has awarded nearly $740,000 in grants in the valley since the mid-1990’s.
Funds for the annual grants program are raised by the San Ramon Valley Kiwanis Foundation through several fundraising projects, including organizing and conducting the annual 4th of July Parade in Danville. They are a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. More than 600,000 family members in 96 countries make their mark by responding to the needs of their communities and pooling their resources to address worldwide issues. Through these efforts, Kiwanis International truly is "Serving the Children of the World.”
Applications and further information, including eligibility criteria, can be obtained from the website at www.kiwanis-srv.org or by contacting John Lineweaver at 925-837-3665. The deadline for grant applications is Monday, March 7, 2016 and winners will be announced at a Grants Award Presentation on Thursday, May 26, 2016. Anyone interested in learning more is invited to visit www.kiwanis-srv.org. The club holds weekly luncheon meetings at Noon on Thursdays.