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Message from our Executive Director



Since 1982, the Gilroy Foundation has awarded over $13 million in grants and scholarships. Foundation grants have made a positive and powerful difference in every sphere of life. To apply, download a current Grant Application from the Gilroy Foundation website after December 1st. An original application with the required attachments and seven additional copies of the grant application must be submitted to the Foundation by posted mail, postmarked no later than Wednesday, January 31, 2019.

All prospective funding recipients who apply to the Gilroy Foundation are thoroughly researched and evaluated. All nonprofits with a 501 (c)(3) status, as well as Gilroy schools and city programs, are eligible to apply for a Gilroy Foundation grant. Organizations are notified of their status by the end of March. Grants are awarded the Annual Meeting and Charitable Giving Program in April of each year.

Our grants have been making an impact on our community for 38 years.  A perfect example is a note we received from Erin O’Brien, President and CEO of Community Solutions here in Gilroy.  Erin wrote us to thank us for our continued support for the work they do for children, individuals and families.  “Community Solutions is very honored to have Gilroy Foundation as one of the loyal and generous supporters of our clients.  Your giving hearts give hope to others’ hearts.”  This would have not been possible without the generosity of our donors who believe in the Foundation’s motto of “Give Where You Live”.

Read our criteria and download an application from our GRANTS  page.

Contact with any questions about the grant application process. Please pass this information on to any nonprofit organization you are affiliated with or know of!

Thank you all!

~Donna Pray

“Give Where You Live”



We are proud that three local businesses continue to support Gilroy's community foundation as a Sustaining Sponsor.  Thank you to Christopher Ranch, Gilroy Toyota and Pinnacle Bank for your commitment to our community and the programs of the Gilroy Foundation!






       Our Guiding Principles

  • Our mission is to invest charitable gifts into a lasting legacy and mobilize funding to serve the vital needs of the Gilroy community.
  • Our vision is to mobilize public and private financial support in order to grow the endowment and facilitate pass-through funding, thereby increasing grant giving.
  • Our goal is to become widely known as Gilroy’s foremost charity and problem-solving resource.
  • Our desire is to foster unity and cooperation between the Foundation and other grant-giving organizations.
  • Our intent is to provide expertise to other groups in need.
  • Our heart lies in allowing philanthropy to occur that can make a real difference in people’s lives.