Community Grant Programs

General Fund Grants
The Town provides grants of Town General Fund monies to local nonprofit agencies that provide human service, art, cultural, and educational programming. Funding priority is given to agencies serving the largest number of low and moderate income clientele and whose funding request directly benefits Los Gatos residents. The grant applicant must be incorporated as a tax-exempt nonprofit corporation (IRS 501-C 3) and/or exist as another governmental entity.

Evaluation Criteria:

Human Service Programs and Arts/Cultural/Educations Programs: Evaluation criteria for agencies providing human services and arts/cultural/educational programs include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Community need for the program
  • Uniqueness of program, lack of duplications in service
  • Qualifications and experience of the agency and its staff
  • Past performance in providing established services and meeting Town requirements
  • Effectiveness in serving an identified audience
  • Community involvement in program, including volunteers
  • Number of Los Gatos clients served vs. total clients served (unduplicated clients)
  • Cost per Los Gatos resident vs. cost per non-Los Gatos resident
  • Number of low and very low income clients served
  • Percent of total program budget requested from Town
  • Reasonable cost
  • Clarity, completeness, and accuracy of grant proposal


To assure that all applications receive due consideration and that the Council is provided with all information necessary to make appropriate funding decisions, all grant applications are first reviewed by an Evaluation Committee, consisting of either members of the Community and Senior Services Commission (which reviews Human Service program applications) or members of the Arts and Culture Commission (which reviews Arts/Cultural/Educational program applications). 

The Evaluation Committees determine proposal eligibility based on the Eligibility Guidelines listed in this application, and make funding recommendations to the Community and Senior Services Commission or Arts and Culture Commission based on the Evaluation Criteria listed above.  The Commissions, in turn, make funding recommen­dations to Town Council.  Applicants will be invited to attend Commission meetings to present their applications and answer Commission member questions.  Attendance at these meetings is not mandatory, but is recommended.   Ineligible proposals will be rejected.

The Town Council makes the final determination on all funding allocations through the adoption of the Town's Operating Budget. 

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Fund Grants

The Town no longer administers federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. These grants are administered by the County of Santa Clara. To apply for a grant or learn more, contact the County of Santa Clara, Office of Affordable Housing at (408) 299-5765.

Application Process
Applications are available January 5, 2015, and are due by 4:00 p.m. February 2, 2015. For an application, or for more information on the Community Grant program, please contact the Town at (408) 354-6834.
Community Grants Application FY 2015-16