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Message from our Executive Director



Since 1982, the Gilroy Foundation has awarded over $5.4 million in grants and scholarships. Foundation grants have made a positive and powerful difference in every sphere of life. To apply, download a current Grant Application from the Gilroy Foundation website after December 1st. An original application with the required attachments and seven additional copies of the grant application must be submitted to the Foundation by posted mail, postmarked no later than Tuesday, January 31, 2017.

All prospective funding recipients who apply to the Gilroy Foundation are thoroughly researched and evaluated. All nonprofits with a 501 (c)(3) status, as well as Gilroy schools and city programs, are eligible to apply for a Gilroy Foundation grant. Organizations are notified of their status by the end of March. Grants are awarded the Annual Meeting and Charitable Giving Program in April of each year.

Our grants have been making an impact on our community for 36 years.  A perfect example is a note we received from Gondie Chavez, a Resource Specialist at Glen View School.  Their 2015 grant made it possible to install wireless internet service in their Resource Specialist Program Room.  Ms. Chavez reported that her team was finally able to individualize and tailor direct instruction “and students would drop by, bringing friends, to work on an online project, partner read or just listen to stories online during their free time.”  This would have not been possible without the generosity of donors who believe in our motto of “Give Where You Live”.

To read our criteria and download an application from our GRANTS page. Contact with any questions about the grant application process. Please pass this information on to any nonprofit organization you are affiliated with or know of!


We are proud to announce that three local businesses have chosen to support Gilroy's community foundation by becoming a Sustaining Sponsor for 2017 and beyond.  Thank you to Christopher Ranch, Gilroy Toyota and Pinnacle Bank for your commitment to our community and the programs of the Gilroy Foundation!



Thank you all!

~Donna Pray

“Give Where You Live”



       Our Guiding Principles

  • Our mission is to invest charitable gifts into a lasting legacy and mobilize funding to serve the vital needs of the Gilroy community.
  • Our vision is to mobilize public and private financial support in order to grow the endowment and facilitate pass-through funding, thereby increasing grant giving.
  • Our goal is to become widely known as Gilroy’s foremost charity and problem-solving resource.
  • Our desire is to foster unity and cooperation between the Foundation and other grant-giving organizations.
  • Our intent is to provide expertise to other groups in need.
  • Our heart lies in allowing philanthropy to occur that can make a real difference in people’s lives.