Three Things to Know about the Safeway Foundation’s Bay Area Giving

If you live in many parts of the Bay Area, chances are that you have shopped at a Safeway for groceries at some point. This grocery chain corporation established a philanthropic foundation that gives locally, regionally and nationally, but always shows its support for its home communities in the Bay Area.

The Safeway Foundation is based in Pleasanton, California, and these are three things local grantseekers should know about this funder’s grantmaking.

Safeway Foundation has Four Priority Areas

Regardless of where your nonprofit is based or who it served, there are four grantmaking priority areas: hunger relief, education, health and human services, and people with disabilities. For the best results, keep your grant requests within the following topics and service areas:

  • Breast cancer and prostate cancer research
  • Food banks and food donation
  • After-school programs for youth
  • Physical education programs for youth

Safeway Foundation’s Support in the News:

You Need a Corporate or Employee Sponsor

As with some other corporate retail funders, it’s a good idea to start getting friendly with Safeway employees at your local stores.

If your program is localized to a single city in the Bay Area or even if you serve the entire state of California, your grant request must be sponsored by an employee. If you don’t have a sponsorship, your request won’t even be considered. If your organization isn’t already affiliated with a Safeway employee, consider speaking to your local store manager to see if they would be willing to sponsor your cause. Local grants are typically reviewed biannually.

Another great opportunity for Bay Area groups is Safeway’s funding stream for requests brought forth by corporate employees. Requests sponsored by corporate employees are typically restricted to the Bay Area and reviewed every quarter.

Local Organizations Get $2,500 to $10,000

Although national organizations often get grants between $10,000 and $25,000, local and regional groups typically receive more like $2,500 to $10,000. Both types of grants mentioned above for Bay Area groups typically fall within this range, and the application process is all online. If you have questions filling out the form, email the foundation staff at

To learn more about this funder, check out IP’s full profile, Safeway Foundation: Bay Area Grants. The funder’s FAQ page is also a great place to look if you have questions about applying for a grant.