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49ers Foundation Oakland Legacy Beneficiary

Request for Proposals


The 49ers Foundation invests in game changers in the Bay Area who leverage educational opportunities, focus on health and wellness, and provide empowerment programming for youth in underserved and under-represented communities. We build partnerships with local non-profits that have a commitment to innovation, sustainability, and extensive reach in the community. We believe in the power of our platform and of sports in general to spur change in our community and level the playing field for young people in our community.


The 49ers Foundation invites non-profit partners in Oakland to apply for operating support or programmatic funding of $100,000 per year for three years (for a total of $300,000) that meets the below criteria.



Has a measurable decrease in the opportunity gap among children 5-18 years of age, who due to arbitrary circumstances such as race, ethnicity, ZIP code, and socioeconomic status are provided unequal opportunities in life to achieve to the best of their potential. Strong proposals will make the case that funding will support addressing and accomplishing this goal(s) and will result in a strengthened organization that can yield stronger services for Oakland youth.


  • Has an organizational operating budget OR a programmatic budget 
  • Has been a registered 501(c)(3) for over 5 years
  • Has a budget which clearly identifies programmatic, operating and fundraising expenses


  • Provides services and/or programming for youth (ages 5 to 18) in underserved or under-represented communities
  • Has an innovative and sustainable proposal that focuses on at least one of the following programmatic areas:
    • Education support services (this includes but is not limited to ESL, services for youth under court supervision, services for students with disabilities and tech/trade/specialized skill programming)
    • Empowerment (this includes but is not limited to mentoring, leadership development, issue-based youth groups)
    • Youth Sports & Fitness (this includes but is not limited to: organized sports, organized play, fitness programs and support for physical play spaces)


  • Helps to advance a solution and/or address a problem in the community through this investment in young people
  • Special consideration given to organizations that provide youth leadership  opportunities and empowerment within the program or services


The 49ers Foundation Oakland Legacy Beneficiary grant will not support:

  • Capital funding for projects, real estate purchases, scholarships or awards to individuals
  • Political or religious entities
  • Request for funds that strictly focus on event support


Grant finalists will agree to the following requirements

  • Participation in in-person interview with the organization’s senior leadership
  • Participation in a site visit to the organization’s headquarters or worksite
  • Providing additional financial documents upon request (Board approved budget, audited financials, project balance sheet) 


RFP announced:

Monday, January 16, 2023

Call to answers questions from applicants:

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Proposal submission

Friday, February 17, 2023

Finalist decision date

Monday, March 13, 2023

Finalist chosen and notified:
Friday, March 31, 2023

Grantee Announcement and kickoff event:
Friday, May 5, 2023


The two individuals below will be available to answer questions about the grant program.

Cobán Lopez, Director of Programs


Annie Loewen, Logistics & Operations Coordinator


Contact Name*
Are you a registered 501(c)(3) operating for over 5 years?*


Please upload your 2019 Operating Budget.*
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Please provide a high level budget outlining how the funds requested would be utilized.*
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You can access our template budget here.

NARRATIVE QUESTIONS (Total number of words for all three narrative questions: 1500)

2. Description of Current Youth Services: Describe current youth services, including participation in the programming: 

  • What does a participant experience on a day-to-day basis? 
  • How often do youth attend and for how long do they stay with the services? 
  • How many youth participate in an average session/annually? 
  • Describe the degree to which you have fulfilled your organization’s goals. 


The 49ers Foundation harnesses football to educate and empower Bay Area Youth through a collective of innovative and community-focused strategies. From award-winning STEAM education and nationally recognized youth football programs, to impactful community partnerships with leading non-profits, we are tirelessly dedicated to inspiring the confidence and collaboration our youth need to tackle what is possible.

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