The Carl Gellert and Celia Berta Gellert Foundation: Bay Area Grants

OVERVIEW: This funder supports local social services, homelessness, affordable low-income housing, and religious/public/private education in the nine-county Bay Area region. Grant applications are welcomed once per year in August.

FUNDING AREAS: Social services, homelessness, affordable low-income housing, and religious/public/private education

IP TAKE: This is a good funder to approach for basic needs services, facility upgrades, and education programs of many kinds. Gellert supports a wide variety of causes and accepts unsolicited grant applications, as long as they’re based in the nine-county Bay Area region and support area nonprofits.

PROFILE: The Carl Gellert and Celia Berta Gellert Foundation supports local religious, charitable, scientific, literary and educational purposes in the nine counties of the San Francisco Bay Area. The Carl Gellert Foundation was established in 1958, and the Celia Berta Gellert Foundation was established in 1970. The two merged in 1994.

Both Carl and Celia were born in the Bay Area and called it home. Carl found success in starting Sunstream Homes, which joined with the Crocker Land Company to create one of the region’s first large-scale planned communities.

Supported causes include social services, homelessness, affordable low-income housing, and religious/public/private education. Funding is restricted to the California counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano and Sonoma.

Grant applications are due on August 15 each year, unless that date falls on a weekend. The foundation has begun accepting all applications through its e-grant system, for which you’ll need to create an account and log in to apply for the yearly grant cycle. The foundation's website also offers a helpful applicant tutorial.

Check out the Grants Recipient page to see the types of local organizations that the Gellert Foundation funds. Past awards have ranged between $2,500 and $25,000. In a recent year, the foundation awarded 192 grants totaling over $1.8 million. For more information about applying for a grant, see the Guidelines page. You can skip right to the grant application because no initial letter of inquiry is required.

There are eight members on the board of directors, led by Executive Director Jack Fitzpatrick, and one staff member, a program officer named Rosa King. The foundation is based in Daly City, California, and can be reached at 650-985-2080 or via online form. King is the best point of contact for grantseekers and is best reached by email at info@gellertfoundation.org.

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