Community Grants

KACF-SF supports nonprofit organizations that serve the Korean American community in the greater Bay Area through grantmaking and other initiatives. Community Grants enable KACF-SF to partner with and support community-based organizations that are on the frontlines and making a difference. The Foundation prioritizes programs that are addressing the critical needs of under-served and under-resourced in our communities, particularly low-income individuals and families, immigrants, survivors of domestic violence and other forms of violence, the elderly, and disadvantaged youth.

The 2019 Community Grant application form (revised in 2019) is available here.

For general information about KACF-SF’s grantmaking priorities and process, please contact us at:

Click HERE for a list of Frequently Asked Questions (한국어로 읽기).


  • KACF-SF awards Community Grants once a year.
  • No organization will receive more than one Community Grant from KACF-SF in any one grantmaking year.
  • Grants typically range from $10,000 to $30,000 per year. Maximum grant amount is $30,000 per year.
  • Organizations may apply for a one-year or two-year grant. KACF-SF will award a limited number of two-year grants in 2019. Guidelines for applying for a two-year grant can be found on the grant application form.
  • KACF-SF provides grants for general operating and program-specific support. General operating support is available only to organizations with a budget of $1 million or less.


KACF-SF will consider organizations that:

  • Are a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or have a fiscal sponsor that is 501(c)(3);
  • Are located within the greater Bay Area;
  • Have an operational history of at least 6 months;
  • Have an established and working Board of Directors; and
  • Have filed IRS Form 990 and/or audited financials.


KACF-SF is particularly interested in organizations that:

  • Are addressing the critical needs of under-served and under-resourced communities;
  • Are working with Korean Americans either as a target population or within the larger group of constituents served by the organization/program;
  • Are seeking to expand their outreach to and/or work with the Korean American community;
  • Are engaged in partnerships with other community organizations and stakeholders;
  • Are measuring and documenting quantitative and qualitative outcomes;
  • Have successful or innovative program/service models that can be replicated; and
  • Can clearly articulate how KACF-SF’s grant will advance their work.


KACF-SF does NOT provide funding for:

  • Individuals
  • Capital fund projects
  • Endowments
  • Fundraising events
  • Feasibility studies
  • Real estate purchases
  • National or international organizations
  • Public or private schools, colleges or universities
  • Political causes or campaigns to elect candidates to public office
  • Programs that do not comply with Federal, state, or local equal employment statutes
  • Organizations that are based outside the greater Bay Area.


Physical & Mental Health

KACF-SF funds organizations and programs working to help individuals and families to improve physical and mental health. The Foundation is particularly interested in organizations and programs that are focused on providing mental health counseling and support services, access to health insurance and benefits, community education on health and wellness, and support services to promote socio-emotional health of individuals with physical, mental and developmental disabilities and their families.

Senior Care & Empowerment

KACF-SF supports organizations and programs that help seniors become self-sufficient and offer comprehensive support including but not limited to English as Second Language, access to government benefits, and group activities that promote socio-emotional and physical well-being. Particular consideration will be given to programs that engage Korean American seniors not as service recipients but as active participants in their community, as well as programs that have an inter-generational model.


KACF-SF supports organizations and programs that are working to help survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and trafficking to achieve emotional and physical safety. We are particularly interested in programs that are focused on counseling, comprehensive support services, and community education and advocacy focused on prevention and victims’ rights.

Youth Empowerment

KACF-SF supports organizations and programs that promote healthy decision-making and empowerment to young people up to age 21. We are particularly interested in organizations and programs that promote skills-based learning, critical thinking skills, leadership, community service and engagement, and academic achievement, including access to post-secondary education. Additionally, KACF-SF seeks to support programs that provide continuity, structure, a sense of group membership, peer learning and opportunities to lead. Particular consideration will be given to programs that serve low-income youth.

Civic Engagement

KACF-SF supports organizations and programs that are working to increase civic engagement and participation for a healthy democracy. It is critical that communities are engaged to work together to make a difference in the civic life of our Korean communities through increased knowledge, skills, values and motivation to continue to make a difference.  We are particularly interested in programs that are focused on methods to overcome barriers to civic participation and spur increased individual engagement in various civic activities that range from volunteerism to advocacy.


RFP Information: 

  • contact KACF-SF at info@kacfsf.orgor call (650) 656-5705 (In Korean and English)

Grant Application Deadline:  5:00pm on Monday, September 9, 2019

  • Postmarked by 5pm on the deadline date. All applications MUST also be submitted electronically as a single PDF file.

Initial Review Notification:  September 2019

Site Visits:  October 2019

Notification of Grant Awards:  week of December 16, 2019

Grant Year:  December 23, 2019 thru December 22, 2020


To be considered for funding, please 1) email the application and attachments as a PDF document to (email header: 2019 KACF-SF Grant Application). 2) mail one original copy of the application packet including the required attachments to the KACF-SF office (address below).

The original application should be postmarked by 5pm on the deadline date. Remember that all applications MUST also be submitted electronically as a single PDF file. The Foundation will not accept applications that arrive at the KACF-SF office after the deadline.  Applications will not be accepted via fax.

The complete application packet should be addressed to:
55 East 3rd Avenue
San Mateo, CA 94401

If you have any questions, please contact KACF-SF staff at or (650) 656-5705.