William and Flora Hewlett Foundation: Grants for the Bay Area

OVERVIEW: The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has a global presence but also supports causes close to home in the San Francisco Bay Area. Interests are education, environment, performing arts, youth, and community development.

FUNDING AREAS: Education, environment, performing arts, youth, community development

IP TAKE: Hewlett prioritizes education, performing arts and environmental grants in the San Francisco area, especially ones that benefit the region's poorest areas.

PROFILE: Established in 1966, the, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation is one of the largest grantmaking organization in the Bay Area. It funds many different organizations in the region and Central Valley, and grantmaking has steadily risen in the recent years. This is the foundation of William Hewlett, co-founder with David Packard of the computer company Hewlett-Packard, and his wife Flora. Grantmaking areas of interest include education, environment, performing arts, youth, and community development.

In education, programs that further the use of open education resources receive priority. The education program favors organizations that improve education reform in California and raise educational achievement in disadvantaged Bay Area communities as well. As well, the foundation’s arts programs work to provide arts equity and education to underserved youth. In its environment funding, Hewlett prioritizes programs that promote accountable governance, use high-quality research, and address environmental concerns in the Bay Area's poorest neighborhoods.

Local grants tend to be between $100,000 and $3 million. View past grants by year on the funder’s grant database. Many grants are made in the San Francisco Bay Area, and this region has its own designated grantmaking program. Hewlett awards other grants both nationally and internationally.

The foundation accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry for its performing arts program. Other programs are accessible by invitation only or not accepting unsolicited inquiries at this time. Check the grantmaking FAQ page on the funder’s website for updates to this policy. Direct general inquiries via the foundation's online form or call the staff at 650-234-4500. 

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