Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Announces $7 Million in Grants to Organizations Supporting San Mateo County Communities

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Art in Action is thrilled to announce that we have been selected as a Chan Zuckerburg Initiative Community Fund grant partner! We can’t wait to work with the Chan Zuckerburg team to accomplish some amazing projects in 2022.


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The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) today announced it will commit $7 million in grants to 75 organizations working to build equity and opportunity in communities across San Mateo County. Organizations will receive funding through the fifth annual Community Fund, which pairs grantmaking with collaborative capacity building programming to support leadership and organizational development so organizations have the resources and tools to further their missions and work.

The Community Fund has continued to evolve since launching in 2017 to elevate community voice, center racial equity, and move toward more trust-based practices, driven by recommendations from partners and community members. Updates to the Fund this year include an expanded geographic reach and budget to serve communities across San Mateo County, multi-year funding, and the launch of a participatory grantmaking review panel that engaged community members across the County as part of the grant funding decision-making process.

2022 Community Fund partners will receive two-year grants up to $200,000 to work with communities most impacted by systemic inequities and to provide resources and services to support basic needs. In addition, partners will have access to capacity building programs and support designed to develop leadership, build infrastructure, and seed collaboration.

“Community Fund partners know what communities need most and how to have the greatest impact, and we want the program to reflect that,” said Cristina Huezo, Vice President of Community at CZI. “Our goal this year was to expand our support for organizations working across San Mateo County through a community-centered and trust-based approach, and we are grateful for their thoughtful inputs on how to improve and shape the program this year and going forward.”