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August 14, 2022

Community organizations and citizens invited to apply for Town grants

For local groups doing vital work, whether you like it or not, what is possible tends to come down to dollars and cents.

And now, there is a fresh opportunity to satisfy the bottom line for organizations and citizens attempting bring a great grassroots ideas to life, since applications have opened for Town of Los Gatos grants.

Los Gatos has been funding projects and services this way for two-and-a-half decades. It intends to hand out 10 Community Grants worth a total of $75,000, this year.

“The Town is pleased to continue this tradition and has opened competitive grant applications for the 2022-2023 fiscal year,” Ryan Baker, the Los Gatos Public Library director, in a release. “Non-profit organizations that serve the Los Gatos community are invited to apply for up to $7,500 to support the creation of a new program or service that will benefit the community.”

The deadline for Community Grants is July 22.

An additional $70,000 of Sustaining Grant funding will be available to five qualifying human service nonprofits, to sustain existing services. 

And there’s also money available for people who are hands-on, but might not work for an official charity.

“Los Gatos residents, groups of Los Gatos neighbors, or students attending a Los Gatos school can apply for one of four Innovation Grants of $1,500 each to assist in jump starting a grass-roots idea that would benefit schools, neighborhoods, or the community in general,” Baker said.

The deadline for Innovation Grant applications is August 31.  

Applications can be found at https://www.losgatosca.gov/318/Community-Grant-Programs. Questions can be directed to Ryan Baker at [email protected] 

Drew Penner
Drew Penner is an award-winning Canadian journalist whose reporting has appeared in the Globe and Mail, Good Times Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times, Scotts Valley Press Banner, San Diego Union-Tribune, KCRW and the Vancouver Sun. Please send your Los Gatos and Santa Cruz County news tips to [email protected]