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Gaia Fund

Category: Environment

The Fund is a San Francisco-based family foundation created in 1995 to support environmental work. The Fund considers requests for projects in two areas: the environment and Jewish life. Environmental grants are focused on programs that foster environmentally sustainable polices and practices relative to food production and distribution and those that increase consumer awareness of and demand for foods that have been produced and/or distributed with a consideration for the environment. Preference is given to programs operating in the San Francisco Bay areas and Northern California. Additional preference is given to projects that have the potential to be expanded to other locales. Jewish life grants support programs that foster and strengthen the connection of Jews to their heritage and community, in the interest of ensuring the continuity of the Jewish tradition. The Fund makes grants that promote an appreciation for Jewish history, art, and culture; enhance spiritual fulfillment through Jewish religious study, belief, and practice; and engage Jews in social action consistent with the Jewish imperative of tikkun olam (repairing the world.). The Fund gives strongest preference to programs serving the Jewish community of the city of San Francisco. Additional preference is given to projects that have the potential to be expanded to other locales. The Fund may, on occasion, award grants for regional or national initiatives if they are judged to have a particular local relevance. Applying to the Fund is a two-step process consisting of a letter of inquiry. Full proposals are by invitation only. Additional information can be found on the Web site.

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