The Carl Gellert and Celia Berta Gellert Foundation

OVERVIEW: The Carl Gellert and Celia Berta Gellert Foundation supports local social services, homelessness, affordable low-income housing, and religious/public/private education in the nine-county Bay Area region.

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: Established in 1958, 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. This foundation was merged with the Celia Berta Gellert Foundation in 1994. Both Carl and Celia were born in the Bay Area and called it home for many years. 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.

This foundation funds a wide range of interest areas and approaches grantmaking broadly. Many grants go to schools that have a religious affiliation. Past support has gone to Bay Scholars, Bishop O’Dowd High School, the Daly City Host Lions Club, City Youth Now, and Down Syndrome Connection of the Bay Area.

Past awards have ranged between $2,500 and $25,000. See the Grants Recipient page to see the types of local organizations that the Gellert Foundation funds. In a past year, the foundation awarded 123 grants totaling over $2.6 million. Funding is restricted to the California counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma. For more information about applying for a grant, see the Guidelines page.

This funder accepts unsolicited grant applications, and no initial letter of inquiry is required. Grant applications are due on August 15 each year, unless that date falls on a weekend. The foundation accepts applications through its e-grant system, for which applicants will 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. Direct general questions to the staff at 650-985-2080 or by email at info@gellertfoundation.org.

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