About our Grantmaking

Program Guidelines

The Thomas J. Long Foundation’s grantmaking process is by invitation only. The Foundation does not accept unsolicited letters of inquiry or proposals. Because of the nature of the spend-out, the Foundation is taking on few, if any, new grantees at this time, prioritizing existing grantees during the last few years of grantmaking.  

The Foundation awards grants to selected tax-exempt charitable organizations benefitting residents of Alameda and/or Contra Costa counties. Qualifying organizations must be recognized by the IRS as being described in either Section 501(c)(3), or 509(a)(1), or 509(a)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Foundation will accept fiscal sponsors for non 501(c)(3) organizations on a case-by-case basis. 

For a closer look at current and past grantees, please see the Foundation's investments through the Foundation Center's online map reporting feature.  

The Foundation’s grantmaking is limited to four Program Areas:

Education 

The Foundation seeks to support the "whole child" from cradle to career by supporting programs that address the following priorities:

  • Early Learning
  • Youth Development
  • K-12 Systems and Supports
  • Family Engagement and Empowerment

Disabilities Services

The Foundation seeks to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities by supporting programs that address the following priorities:

  • Early Intervention
  • Transitional Age Youth
  • Systems and Supports
  • Family Engagement and Empowerment

Senior Services

The Foundation seeks to improve services for seniors by supporting programs that address the following priorities:

  • Healthy Aging in a Supportive Community
  • End of Life Planning and Care
  • Strengthening the Safety Net to Ensure Fulfillment of Basic Needs

Safety Net Services

The Foundation supports basic needs programs that address the following priorities:

  • Anti-Poverty Collaboratives
  • Hunger Relief 
  • Legal Aid/Systems-Change

Current Grantees

Current grantees may access the E-Grants system via the link at the top of this page to submit required grant reports and follow-ups.

Applicants

Proposals are accepted on an invitation only basis. If you received an invitation code to submit a proposal to the foundation, you may access E-Grants via the link at the top of this page to begin the application process.