Private Foundation and Corporate Funding Guidelines

Please clear all private foundation or corporation grant applications with CCSF’s Fundraising Team by submitting a Prospect Form prior to making any contact with the funder.

We ask that you do so for the following reasons:

  • we must coordinate applications so that we are not competing internally or with the CCSF Foundation for private funding
  • in some cases, funders will only accept an application from the CCSF Foundation on behalf of the College, and we can connect you to the appropriate contacts to facilitate submission
  • many private foundation and corporate applications are now submitted online, and the Grants & Resource Development Office or the CCSF Foundation are the only authorized entities to access these sites
  • at times we can make contact with individuals associated with the prospective funder and can advocate on your behalf
  • it is critical that our messaging about the College is consistent and that budgets are prepared in a consistent manner, sufficiently covering all necessary direct and indirect costs
  • we can help you navigate the funding guidelines and provide you with the necessary attachments and ancillary information
  • we can help you prepare your proposal if we have sufficient notice (generally, we need a minimum of 3-4 weeks lead time, depending on the scope of the grant and our current workload)

Note: When proposals involve cost sharing by the College, administrative authorization is required prior to committing College funds or other resources