Grants

Helpers Community cares deeply about nonprofits who serve individuals with developmental disabilities. Helpers is dedicated to supporting nonprofit agencies and individuals that help those who provide residential care, recreation and job training programs.

Helpers grants funds to 501c3 organizations that serve individuals with developmental disabilities, with first priority being those in the state of California. Helpers will consider requests for funds from organizations in other states when possible.

Helpers Grant Guidelines:

Organizations that qualify through their commitment to individuals with developmental disabilities can apply for grants for specific programs or projects, including facility improvement projects, but not for general operating support.

Timeline:

  • Letters of interest & requests must be received by January 31 and July 31 of each year.
  • Requests for full proposals will follow for those projects where the Board expresses interest for further consideration. Visits to organizations under consideration may occur in February or August.
  • Proposals with requested details and attachments are due March 1 and September 1.
  • Decisions on all requests will be made at the March and September Board meetings, with notification within 10 days of those meetings.
  • Organizations are expected to share the activities, projects and their impact with Helpers Board of Directors periodically, but at least at the end of the funded project.

For further information, or to submit letters of interest/requests and other documents, please contact our Executive Director, Robert “Harry” Harrison at: harry@helperssf.org

Pomeroy Recreation and Rehabilitation Center: Helpers’ funding has transformed the lives of seniors with developmental disabilities at the Pomeroy Center, by supporting health and wellness activities like gardening, therapeutic swimming, and community outings.

L’Arche Tahoma Hope has offered a place of mutual relationship and belonging for people with intellectual disabilities. L’Arche Farm & Gardens employs adults with intellectual disabilities to grow plants, produce and flowers and make paper crafts to sell onsite and at local farmers markets. Operating support from Helpers ensures that staff are available to support the workers on a path to greater independence and self-sufficiency.

ARC of San Francisco: The Helpers grant enhances the Arc San Francisco’s continuing education, career development and vocational services, helping to provide employment opportunities to 300 adults with developmental disabilities through the learning center’s Workforce Development, Continuing Education and Career Preparatory programs.

“Our Residents at Cornerstone Community have greatly benefited from the installation of barrier-free showers, accessible raised bed gardens, a rehabilitated pool and spa for recreational and social occasions, and improved environments including a laundry room renovation for building as a result of a Capital improvement grant received from Helpers Community” Wendy Ham, Executive Director, Cornerstone Community Homes

Cedars of Marin: Helpers Community provided Cedars of Marin with a grant to renovate and expand its 60-year old small kitchen to accommodate growth from 6 participants to more than 110 currently. All meals are healthy and vegetarian, with program participants working hand-in hand with staff to prepare and serve all meals.

Kids in Concert: Helpers’ grant allowed KIC to increase enrollment from 32 to 55 children last year, all of whom received group and individual music instruction, instruments, homework tutoring, and a loving community, at absolutely no charge. Over 50% of the kids in our program are living in very vulnerable situations and are struggling with developmental delays. KIC makes an enormous positive impact on their lives.

L’Arche Portland: Helpers’ grant is enabling remodeling of kitchen and bathrooms to increase functionality, livability, and suitability for residents as they age.

Medical Missions for Children: Helpers’ funding has helped Medical Missions to change the lives of hundreds of destitute, developmentally disabled children around the world by providing free surgeries to those who would otherwise never have received this life-changing surgical intervention.