Where Have Hearst Foundation Grants Been Going in the Bay Area?

The Bay Area is no stranger to the Hearst Foundation’s support, and Hearst local grants are always focused on culture, education, health and social services. Recently, arts and culture has been a top local priority for this funder. And earlier this year, we pointed out that Hearst pays attention to mental health, pregnancy/prenatal care, youth media, and local prisons in the Bay Area.


But what was the case in the most recent $1 million grant cycle?

In the most recent round of grants, these were some of the top grant winners, which demonstrate the wide range of Hearst interests:

  • Best Buddies International to expand a Bay Area jobs program—$275,000
  • Mercy Housing California for resident service programs—$200,000
  • Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito for a capacity-building initiative—$150,000
  • Chinese Hospital Association in San Francisco—$100,000

Hearst grantmaking has slowly risen over the last few years: $31,210,000 in 2012, $32,580,000 in 2013, and $34,260,000 in 2014. You can view a list of all 2015 Hearst grants made in California on the foundation’s Grant Recipients Database page. But here’s a quick breakdown of California grants made so far this year:

  • 2015 Education grants: 14
  • 2015 Health grants: 13
  • 2015 Social Service Grants: 7
  • 2015 Culture grants: 6

So by this snapshot, it seems that education is the top concern of the Hearst staff at the statewide level. The cities of Claremont, Monterey, Oakland, Westlake Village, Redwood City, Los Angeles, San Rafael, San Francisco, Sausalito and San Diego have seen Hearst’s education support this year. And the average local education grant is between $75,000 and $150,000.

Hearst’s education grantmaking program focuses on higher education, but also addresses early childhood education, K-12 education, and professional development. In the recent past, 30 percent of total funding has been allocated to education, and organizations with budgets over $10 million have received 80 percent of that funding. Education funding is mostly provided in the forms of program, capital, and scholarship support, with some occasional general and endowment support thrown into the mix, too.

Check out the How to Apply page for more details about the application process, or check out IP’s full Hearst Foundation profiles, Grants for K-12 Education and Grants for Early Childhood Education to learn more insider tips for tapping into the Hearst resources in 2016.