Nov 12, 2020 · 4 min read

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Announces $4 Million in Grants for Organizations Serving Belle Haven, East Palo Alto, North Fair Oaks, and Redwood City

2021 CZI Community Fund Grant Partners Support the Economic and Social Well-being of Communities Most Impacted by Structural Racism and Inequities


The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) today announced $4 million in grants to Bay Area organizations working to build equity, power, and opportunity in their communities. 56 organizations supporting Belle Haven, East Palo Alto, North Fair Oaks, and Redwood City will receive funding through the annual CZI Community Fund.

Launched in 2017, the Community Fund partners with organizations that support the economic and social well-being of communities most impacted by systemic racism and inequities, including Black, Latinx, immigrant, and other marginalized communities. These organizations are providing resources and services to support basic needs — like housing and food assistance, education, and job skills training; responding to emergent issues in our community, like COVID-19; and galvanizing community power and voice to build an inclusive, just, and healthy future for everyone.

Community Fund recipients will receive year-long grants up to $100,000 for their work in the coming year. In addition, partners will have access to capacity building programs and support designed to develop leadership, build infrastructure, and seed collaboration to accelerate impact.

“Local organizations have supported our community for decades, and in recent months, they have been some of the most powerful forces in the response to the pandemic,” said Cristina Huezo, Director of Community at CZI. “Now more than ever, their trusted leadership and continued work is critical to the long-term health and well-being of our community. Through the Community Fund, we aim to support the impact of these organizations and their community-centered solutions.”

CZI has increased funding and expanded the number of organizations supported through the Community Fund for the 2021 cycle to help organizations sustain and build on their critical work amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

2021 CZI Community Fund recipients include:

  • Able Works
  • Anamatangi Polynesian Voices
  • Belle Haven Community Development Fund
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula
  • Building Skills Partnership
  • Casa Circulo Cultural
  • Catholic Charities
  • Chicana Latina Foundation
  • Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse (CORA)
  • Dream Volunteers
  • East Palo Alto Academy Foundation
  • East Palo Alto Kids Foundation (EPAK)
  • Eastside College Preparatory School
  • Ecumenical Hunger Program
  • Faith In Action Bay Area
  • Five Keys Schools and Programs
  • Fresh Approach
  • Fresh Lifelines for Youth
  • Generations United
  • Girls To Women
  • Golden State Opportunity
  • Healthy Cities Tutoring
  • Heart and Soul – HOPE Program
  • HIP Housing
  • International Institute of the Bay Area
  • JobTrain
  • Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County
  • Live in Peace
  • Manzanita Works
  • Multicultural Institute
  • New Creation Home Ministries
  • Nuestra Casa
  • One East Palo Alto
  • One Life Counseling Center
  • Pangea Legal Services
  • Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center
  • Peninsula Family Service
  • Raising A Reader
  • Ravenswood Family Health Network
  • Rebuilding Together Peninsula
  • Project READ – Redwood City
  • Redwood City PAL
  • Retraining the Village
  • Rosalie Rendu Center
  • San Francisco 49ers Academy
  • Services, Immigrant Rights & Education Network
  • Stanford Children’s Health – Teen Van
  • St. Anthony’s Padua Dining Room
  • St. Francis Center
  • StreetCode Academy
  • The North Fair Oaks Community Alliance
  • The Peninsula College Fund
  • United through Education
  • WeHOPE
  • Youth Community Service
  • Youth United for Community Action

Through the Community Fund, CZI works in service of a just Bay Area where people impacted by systemic racism and structural inequities have the assets and power to shape their communities. Learn more about the 2021 CZI Community Fund recipients at

*Tax status: Organizations must be tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, have a valid fiscal agent or sponsor that is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or be a local municipality or government agency.


About the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Founded by Dr. Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg in 2015, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) is a new kind of philanthropy that’s leveraging technology to help solve some of the world’s toughest challenges — from eradicating disease, to improving education, to reforming the criminal justice system. Across three core Initiative focus areas of Science, Education, and Justice & Opportunity, we’re pairing engineering with grant-making, impact investing, and policy and advocacy work to help build an inclusive, just and healthy future for everyone. For more information, please visit

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