Grant Recipients

Congratulations to our 2020 Grant Recipients!


South Civic Theater – Upgrade lighting system at Limelight Theater located at Gilroy Center for the Arts


Poppy Jasper International Film Festival – Fund youth filmmaking program


The Competitive Grants Committee would like to acknowledge the following Funds for providing the funding for the Competitive Grant Program: Gilroy Foundation General Fund, Ayer Family Fund, Sam & Judy Bozzo Family Fund, Children’s Artistic Enrichment Fund, Goldsmith Family Trust Fund, Growing Up Gilroy Fund, Neilson Family Fund, Fenton O’Connell Trust Fund, Sacco Family Fund, Sacco Family Music Fund, Shirley M. Silva Memorial Fund, South Valley Hospital Fund, Theater Angels Art League Fund, Jim Trelut Memorial Fund, Community Needs Funds: Art, Agriculture, Education, Health and Technology

For our Competitive Grant cycle, six independent readers were given copies of the 47 grant applicants we received this year, requesting a total of $161,878.06. With limited resources in this category of the Foundation’s charitable giving, it was a challenging task. Applicants were ranked privately and the Committee came to a consensus of the worthiest applicants.

Boys and Girls Club of Silicon Valley – ChromeBooks for Ochoa Migrant Clubhouse ~ $4,999.00
Ciel Community Services – STEAM Learning Supplies ~ $3,662.79
Gilroy High School Envision Academy – Sustainable Garden Project ~ $ 1,000.00
Gilroy High School Culinary Arts Department – Healthy Menu Budget Items ~ $2,940.00
Gilroy High School Physics Department – Visible Spectrum Tubes and Holders ~ $2,579.54
Glen View Elementary School 4th Grade – Reading Program ~ $1,500.00
Glen View Elementary School Special Needs – ChromeBooks for Special Needs Classroom ~ $4,910.40
GUSD Elementary School Classroom Music – Musical Instrument Purchases ~ $3,000.00
Live Oak Adult Services – Refrigerator for Healthy Menu Items ~ $1,000.00
Mt. Madonna High School – Tactical Reinforcements for At-Risk Students ~ $2,416.56
My New Red Shoes – Footwear for Economically Challenged Students  ~ $4,000.00
Parents Helping Parents – Workshop for Parents of Special Needs Children ~ $4,000.00
Rucker Home and School Club – Theater Arts Program Equipment ~ $4,610.20
St. Joseph’s Family Center – Dining Furniture for Meal Programs ~ $4,500.00
South County Cal-Soap – Desktop Computers for Counselors ~ $4,143.42
South Valley Middle School – Refrigerator for Special Needs Classroom ~ $550.00

2020 Designated Grant Total: $133,047.00

Gilroy Senior Advisory Board Fund
City Senior Center ~ $350
Ernie & Del Filice Family Fund
St. Mary School Technology ~ $375
Chuck & Rosemary Anderson Family Fund
Operation Freedom Paws ~ $465
Gilroy Dog Park
City of Gilroy Dog Park Supplies ~ $475
Al & Bunny Filice Family Fund
Gilroy Historical Society Museum ~ $550
Jay Minzer & Peter Ciccarelli Memorial Fund
Rebekah’s Culinary Academy ~ $550
Don & Karen Christopher
Gilroy Compassion Center ~ $650
Lai Family Cañada de los Osos
Cañada de los Osos ~ $800
Elan Family Investments Youth Fund
City of Gilroy Parks and Rec Youth Scholarships ~ $850
R.J. Dyer Family Fund
Informed Choices ~ $900
Gary Filice Memorial Fund
City of Gilroy Parks and Rec Youth Scholarships ~ $950
Gilroy Chamber of Commerce Sorenson Lake Fund
Gavilan College Business Scholarship ~ $1000
St. Mary School Development Foundation Fund
Tuition Assistance Program ~ $1,000
Rudy Melone Fund for Music & the Arts
Gavilan College Music & Arts Programs ~ $1,100
Peter & Genevieve Blaettler Family Fund
St. Mary School Tuition Assistance Program ~ $1,250
Archer Klein Foundation Fund
GHS Jan Kelly Scholarship  ~ $1,500
Kai & Libby Lai Family Fund
Gavilan College Scholarship Program ~ $1,500
Sean Michael Merriman Operation Freedom Paws Fund
Operation Freedom Paws ~ $2,700
Sean Michael Merriman Youth Rec Fund
Parks and Rec Youth Scholarships ~ $2,750
Froom Family Fund
Santa Maria Historical Society ~ $4,000
Ray and Frances Lindeleaf Fund
Museum Director Costs ~ $5,582
Sean Michael Merriman St. Joseph’s Family Center Fund
St. Joseph’s Family Center Programs ~ $10,500
Gilroy Center for the Arts Endowment Fund
Gilroy Arts Alliance ~ $15,800
Connell Family GUSD Music Fund 
GUSD Primary Choral Program ~ $44,160
Don Christopher Fund for CHS
CHS Programs ~ $77,450


The following Funds will be awarding grants at a later date: Baksa Family Fund, Ann Barham Fund, Robert Barham Fund, Bress Family Fund, David and Patty Chantler Family Fund, Richard R. Corona Memorial Fund, Daly-Wallace Family Fund, Frank Della Maggiora Fund, Drewitz Family Fund, Filice Family Fund, Habing Family Fund, Heinzen Families Fund, Margarita Ibarra Memorial Fund, John and Dolores Kent Family Fund, Lai Family Fund, Santos Family Fund,  Natalia Salcido Legacy Foundation Fund, TEACH Fund

Jack & Atsuko Obata Family Fund
Operation Freedom Paws ~ $425
Cambrink Family Fund 
Learning and Loving Center ~ $450
Sanford Family Fund 
Gilroy Helping Heroes ~ $450
Bill Anderson Memorial Fund
St. Mary School – 8th Grade Class ~ $500
Becker Family Fund
Community Solutions ~ $500
Steve & Jan Peat Family Fund
Community Solutions  ~ $500
Steve & Teresa Costa Family Fund
Operation Freedom Paws ~ $550
Ron & Donna Pray Family Fund
Operation Freedom Paws ~ $550
Sister’s Family Fund
Morgan Hill Peace Pole Project ~ $600
Jeff & Jennifer Speno Family Fund
Gonzalez Young Farmers ~ $650
Morsilli Family Fund
Ladies of Charity ~ $800
Kraemer Family Fund
St. Joseph’s Family Center ~ $900
Patty Filice Family Fund
St. Joseph’s Family Center ~ $1,000
John & Lee Blaettler Family Fund
Community Solutions ~ $1,050
Katie McKinley Memorial Fund
Cal Poly Orfalea College of Business ~ $2,050
Jeff & Pam Martin Family Fund
Community Solutions ~ $2,100
Latino Family Fund
Solorsano Middle School ~ $400
Solorsano Middle School ~ $600
Solorsano Middle School ~ $600
Brownell Middle School ~ $1,200
CARAS – Community Agency for Resources, Advocacy, and Services ~ $1,200
Gilroy Compassion Center ~ $1,250
South County Cal-SOAP ~ $1,250


Brownell Middle School ~ $800


Ascension Solorsano Middle School
Operation Freedom Paws ~ $400
The Health Trust ~ $400
Community Solutions ~ $500

South Valley Middle School
Eden Housing ~ $500
The Health Trust ~ $500

Brownell Middle School
Chamberlian’s Mental Health ~ $500

2020 Nonprofit Investment Partners Disbursals: $50,232.00

Gilroy Garlic Festival Rudy Melon Scholarships ~ $10,000
GUSD Scholarship Program ~ $24,000
Go Kids Fund  Go Kids operating costs ~ $1,850
Richard Nicolls Memorial Scholarship Program ~ $400
Gilroy Historical Museum Fund ~ $ 13,982