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Sobrato Family Awards $2+ Million to 9 Silicon Valley Education Organizations

Oct 15, 2012

Announces Pilot Round of Grants Focused on English Learners and Closing Opportunity Gap

Nine grantees have been awarded first year grants as part of a new Education Fund focused on the lowest income students in Silicon Valley who lack access to high quality schools. The grantees include organizations working with students in- and out-of-school time, but also those providing professional development for teachers and school leaders, and groups that bolster the engagement of parents and community members in their children’s education.

Grantees commit to serving the Valley’s highest-need students in schools located in the geographic focus area of the Sobrato Family Foundation: East San Jose, East Palo Alto, East Menlo Park, and areas of Mountain View, Redwood City, Campbell, Sunnyvale, Hayward, Fremont and Gilroy. They must work in alignment with schools and districts, have a clear business model and plan for scaling, ensure strong leadership, and participate in knowledge sharing with other grantees and the larger community.

The majority of EdFund grants are intended to be multi-year, with future grant installments contingent upon matching funds and measured impact—using a common set of indicators co-developed by the Grantees and the Foundation.