February 2021 

ANNOUNCING “Meals for Heroes, Revenue for Restaurants” Program

Two of the most impacted industries during the COVID-19 Virus Pandemic are Hospitality and Medical.  County Health orders restricted restaurant operations, which has had a negative effect on revenues, and for some, to even remain in business.  Staff at St. Louise Reginal Hospital and De Paul Health Center have been working tirelessly and endless hours saving lives and helping to keep community members safe.  “Meals for Heroes, Revenue for Restaurants” will help our local businesses to create income and benefit our local health workers.

Gilroy Foundation is working in collaboration with Gilroy Downtown Business Association, Morgan Hill Community Foundation, and Morgan Hill Downtown Association to raise funds to purchase ready-to-consume meals from struggling restaurants and delivering them to both medical locations.  We will purchase 60 meals per day at a cost of $20 per meal; therefore, the cost of this program will be $1,200 per day.  This program will run three days a week on the restaurants’ less busy days: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  Gilroy Foundation has established this fund with $5,000 to start this program immediately.  Morgan Hill has also collected funding for the program.  If you wish to donate, any amount, please do so HERE and join the cause.  We are delighted to join this South County collaboration to help our small businesses!


Although our 2021 Competitive Grant Cycle closed on February 1, our 2021 Scholarship Cycle is open until March 5 for most of our scholarships, and a few are open longer.

We are delighted to be able to report that from 1999 through 2020, Gilroy Foundation has awarded nearly $5.5 million in scholarships to deserving high school, junior college, and college students in the Gilroy community.

This year, we have $524,500 to award!

Please check all the Criteria on our Scholarships page.  Many of our awards use the “Common GUSD Scholarship Application”; however, some, like the Julio Mata $50,000 Scholarship, has its own special application, those special applications are with their Criteria.  We are happy to announce we have seven new scholarships this year.  Six of them are the “We Are All Connected” Scholarships.  Each scholarship has its own criteria, and each award is $1,000.00.  Some students may be eligible to apply for more than one of these scholarships, depending on the criteria.  The other scholarship is being offered by the Wineries of Santa Clara Valley association.  It is also is a $1,000.00 award and has criteria based on agriculture, especially viticulture or enology.

Please spread the word, as sometimes a scholarship can truly change a life!

Thank you all!

~Donna Pray
“Give Where You Live”



We are proud that four local businesses continue to support Gilroy’s community foundation as a Sustaining Sponsor.  Thank you to Christopher Ranch, Pinnacle BankGilroy Toyota, Recology, and RAC Services, LLC for your commitment to our community and the programs of Gilroy Foundation!

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