MHCF Grant Process

The Morgan Hill Community Foundation is committed to enriching the quality of life for the greater Morgan Hill area residents by awarding discretionary grants to local charitable organizations. The Foundation's grant and giving programs are funded solely from the local community. To donate:

Responding to community needs, the Morgan Hill Community Foundation (MHCF) is sponsoring two separate grant processes this year in support of local non-profit charities and local public and non-profit schools. Grants applications and awards for the two processes will run simultaneously.



Applications may be submitted between September 13 and October 25, 2019. Awards will be announced Friday, November 15, concurrent with MHCF’s annual Philanthropy Night event honoring local community volunteers. Grant funds will be available for distribution in December.


Grant Amounts

MHCF will award $15,000 in grants. $3,000 of the total will be specially earmarked for local public and non-profit school needs at two levels: grants up to $500 and grants up to $1,000. The balance of $12,000 in grants will be earmarked for other community non-profit charities, also at two levels: grants of up to $1,000 and two (2) super-funded grants of up to $3,000.


Community Charitable Grants

Grants will be awarded in some or all of the following funding areas: Recreation, Arts & Culture, Agriculture & Environment, Education & Lifelong Learning, Science & Technology, Health & Human Services.


School Grants (MHUSD and Non-Profit Schools)

Grants must be for local public and other nonprofit schools at grade levels K through 12. Grant-funded projects must meet three basic criteria: (1) serve school-wide, grade-level wide or broad subject matter initiatives (no grants to individual classes), (2) support lifelong learning or life skills initiatives, and (3) not be for school infrastructure and/or basic school operating expenses.


Qualifying Applications

Please use the following link to fill out and submit an application. Please direct questions to the grant committee.


Grant Committee Co-Chair Contacts:

Rob Christopher (; Nick Gaich (;

Steve Cox (


The Foundation focuses on requests that have:

  • Programs contributing positive and unique benefits in the funding areas listed about
  • Local nonprofit involvement
  • Fiscal responsibility and management qualifications
  • Programs that impact a broad spectrum of community members
  • Programs that charge minimal or no fees to participate
MHCF grants are not normally awarded to:
  • Individuals
  • Influence legislation or elections
  • Travel to or in support of conferences
  • Organizations that are discriminatory
  • Cover costs already incurred
  • Programs or organizations outside the established MHCF boundaries
  • Subsidize the writing, publications, or production of articles, books, or films
  • Contributions to annual fund drives or in support of operational expenses, except during a start-up period not to exceed three years
  • Religious purposes
  • For-profit entities
Eligibility - Organization should have:
  • IRS letter confirming tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) or
  • Be a public entity or
  • Have a fiscal sponsor with a tax-exempt status



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