The Foundation makes grants to local, community-based organizations through two main programs: Arts & Culture and Precollegiate Education. Detailed information about grantmaking priorities, application guidelines, and recent grants can be found on this site. There are two grant cycles per year for arts applications and one (spring) for education applications, with application deadlines of January 15 for spring decisions, and July 15 for fall decisions.
Supporting the Arts
This region has spawned a wide range of arts organizations reflecting great diversity and strength in regard to genre, ethnicity, creative expression, and organizational adaptability. Our arts grants primarily support mid-sized and small arts organizations for their artistic development activities. We support all disciplines of the visual and performing arts through organizations which contribute to shaping and honing the original artistic voices and artistic innovations for which our region is renowned.
The Bay Area struggles with all the current issues endemic to public education including stretched budgets, limited access to outside resources, and a pervasive educational opportunity gap between higher and lower income populations. California additionally struggles to provide adequate education to a large population of English-language learners, particularly given its very low national per-student expenditure ranking. Our education grants support literacy programs serving K-5 students from under-resourced public schools.
As a philanthropy with limited assets, the Fleishhacker Foundation strives to have the greatest possible impact in its grantmaking by maintaining a strong focus on core priorities. While the Arts and Education Grant programs have been the focus of our giving for many years, from time to time application guidelines are revised to adapt to evolving field-wide issues and community needs.