Whether you are seeking program/organization amplification, volunteer support, monetary donations, or any other type of partnership, non-profits must apply for a Community Assist Grant as the first step to establish a relationship with the Sharks Foundation. To keep the process unbiased, the Sharks Foundation will not host meetings with non-profits while the grant cycle is open to discuss a non-profit's program or project idea - you may reach out to us via email for specific application questions.
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Please note: Due to the large number of grant applications we receive, each non-profit should understand that there is only so much funding the Sharks Foundation has available to allocate and that we cannot fund every request. We appreciate and respect all the important work being done to better our community. All non-profits that submit an application will be kept on our preferred partner list for the year and will be notified of other opportunities as they arise.
The Sharks Foundation accepts applications for partnership through program funding and project grants that align with our focal areas of giving. We dedicate a month to honor and celebrate each focal area through our annual Giving Campaign.
When you apply for a Community Assist Grant, you are applying to become a partner of the Sharks Foundation. We pride ourselves on creating deep and meaningful relationships with our non-profit partners and therefore, are looking for reciprocal, multifaceted partnership with non-profits. A big component of these partnerships is the opportunity to apply for funding with us through either a Program or Project Grant.
Programs are annually run and have set parameters; usually a subdivision of a non-profit, it is a service they provide. Program examples (not limited to):
Program grants can range from $2,000-$15,000+. When a non-profit applies for program funding, they are putting their name in the running for various fundraising opportunities provided by the Sharks Foundation during the course of the year. The Sharks Foundation will assign the type of funding to a non-profit based on recommendations from the grant review committee and the Foundation's discretion. Please do not request a specific type of funding opportunity in your application. Non-profits selected for funding will be designated one of the avenues below as determined by the Sharks Foundation:
50/50 Raffle: Proceeds from a 50/50 Raffle can range anywhere from $3,000-$10,000+. If you are chosen as a beneficiary, the raffle will take place at a Sharks home game during the month for which focal area you are applying for (ie: if you applied under the Hockey Fights Cancer focus and have been selected, your organization would be a beneficiary of one of the raffles taking place in November). To receive 50/50 funding, your non-profit organization must have a California chapter and ideally, be able to provide 5-10 volunteers to assist sellers and amplify your mission on your assigned game date. Click here to learn more about the 50/50 Raffle.
Fundraisers: Auctions, Mystery Pucks, Foundation events, etc. Click here to learn about Sharks Foundation fundraisers.
A project is typically a one-time execution and one-time cost. Examples (not limited to):
The Sharks Foundation provides project grants up to $200,000. If you apply under this category, you must provide a budget and timeline that will become contractually binding if your project is approved. Proposals should offer a volunteer opportunity for Sharks staff/partners to be involved. The volunteer opportunity, groundbreaking date, or project completion date must fall within the campaign month for which focal area you are applying.If you are interested in a playground build, please apply with our community partner KABOOM! by clicking here.
The Sharks Foundation provides funding to organizations that support youth and families, with special emphasis on at-risk and underrepresented populations.
The Sharks Foundation will not support:
Organization Eligibility - to qualify for a grant an organization must:
Application Eligibility - to qualify for a grant an application must:
Activation - provide opportunities/ideas on the partnership: