Aug 13, 2019 · 2 min read

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Announces Funding Opportunity for Organizations Supporting Belle Haven, East Palo Alto, North Fair Oaks, and Redwood City Communities

Request for Applications for the CZI Community Fund open August 13 through September 12


REDWOOD CITY, CALIF. (August 13, 2019) — The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) today announced the opening of the 2020 CZI Community Fund, a funding opportunity for Bay Area organizations* addressing the most critical needs in their communities. Organizations and groups supporting the communities of Belle Haven, East Palo Alto, North Fair Oaks, and Redwood City are encouraged to submit applications for grant funding. Applications can be submitted online or through paper application from August 13, 2019, through September 12, 2019. 

Created in 2017, the CZI Community Fund supports local organizations working to address the community’s most urgent needs, including education, homelessness, immigration, transportation, housing, workforce development, food security, healthcare, mental health, and more. Since its launch, the CZI Community Fund has made grants to more than 60 local organizations. 

“San Mateo County is our home and we are committed to supporting our community here,” said Cristina Huezo, Director of CZI Community at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. “Through the CZI Community Fund, we’re proud to assist local organizations that work tirelessly to support our neighbors and strengthen the community.” 

CZI Community Fund offers year-long grants ranging from $25,000 to $100,000. Additionally, CZI provides grant recipients capacity building support and programming to strengthen partnerships and foster collaboration. 

Through the CZI Community Fund and additional programming, CZI Community builds partnerships to support the work of local leaders and organizations who are tackling the region’s most pressing challenges. Learn more about the CZI Community Fund, including application criteria and eligibility requirements, 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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