Grant Opportunities for San Mateo County Businesses

San Mateo Out-of-School Care 2022-23 Program


Grant Program Overview:

On July 26, 2022, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors approved $2,562,500 in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to create the San Mateo County 2022-23 Out-of-School Care Grant Program. This grant program is for providers that commit to using grant funds to:

  • Expand access to out-of-school care programs for low-income and youth from historically marginalized or underrepresented backgrounds or communities (e.g., students with special needs, in foster care, English Language Learners, experiencing homelessness);

  • Support the social-emotional wellbeing of youth to mitigate the setbacks and hardships associated with COVID-19; and

  • Provide opportunities for youth to reinspire and propel learning to counterbalance the loss of learning opportunities attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic and distance learning.

Selected grantees will be awarded funding proportional to the number of youth they currently serve (prior to award), as follows:

  • Program sites currently serving less than 100 youth: $50,000 

  • Program sites currently serving 100 or more youth: $75,000

Note: Organizations can submit applications for multiple sites.


To be eligible for this grant opportunity, the program must satisfy all of the following criteria:

  • Program must be located in San Mateo County and serve San Mateo County youth

  • Program must be operational for the school year 2022-2023

  • Program must provide out-of-school care 5 days per week for the full 2022/2023 school year and offer at least three hours of programming per day. The program must serve the same cohort for the entire year. Programs that serve different children on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis are not eligible for this grant.

  • Serve school-age children (TK –12th grade)

  • Be able to submit a W-9

  • Provide self-attestation of compliance with current licensing, health & safety, and background check requirements of respective programs

Application Priorities:

Grant funding will be distributed throughout San Mateo County according to a weighted point system. Prioritization will be given to programs that can demonstrate they:

Serve Priority Populations

Priority will be given to programs that primarily serve or through the help of the grant have the potential to serve:

  • 50% or more socio-economic disadvantaged (SED) youth. SED is defined as youth whose annual family income is less than 80% of the Area Median Income (i.e., $149,100 annual income for a family of four)

  • 10% or more youth with special needs

  • 10% or more English Language Learners

Expand Access:

Priority will be given to programs that will use grant funds to expand access to quality programming, particularly for SED youth, through one or more of the following:

  • Provide additional slots to youth, especially those who have historically lacked access to out-of-school care

  • Extend program hours to better accommodate working parents (e.g., start morning programs earlier, or end afternoon programs later)

  • Offer programming during holidays or school closures

  • Provide scholarships for SED youth

  • Add additional staff to increase slots and/or reduce ratios

Offer Comprehensive Programming:

Priority will be given to programs that currently, or through use of grant funds:

  • Incorporate hands-on learning enrichment into daily programming

  • Provide homework assistance

  • Incorporate social-emotional support and wellbeing into programming

  • Offer culturally responsive care that creates positive, safe environments for youth 

  • Offer mental health services or referrals to mental health supports

  • Provide food for youth, with a preference for programs who partner with or provide food in partnership with community-based organizations

  • Offer transportation services (or subsidies) to/from programs

  • Have prior experience running out-of-school care programs and have access to staffing and facilities required to expand

Allowable Uses of Grant Funds:

Personnel Costs

Grant funding can be used for personnel costs that support increased access. Funds used for personnel costs must result in additional program slots, hours, or improve the ratio of staff to youth. Eligible uses include:

  • Incentive bonuses or stipends to recruit staff

  • Staff costs associated with providing additional hours of programming

  • Personnel costs related to providing counselors and trained mental health staff


Operating Expenses

Grant funding can be used to enhance program operations, but can not supplant current budgets. Funds used for operating expenses must result in additional program slots and/or hours. Allowable expenses could include, but are not limited to:

  • Transportation (stipends or transportation expenses) for new SED youth or to accommodate newly extended hours

  • Food to accommodate additional slots

  • Curriculum to support additional slots

  • Activities/supplies to support additional slots

  • Rent, utilities, or other operating costs to extend program hours


Access Scholarships

Subsidies to cover the enrollment costs for socio-economically disadvantaged (SED) youth and other youth from historically marginalized groups (e.g., special needs, foster care, ELLs, experiencing homelessness and youth of color).

Application Process:

Organizations with multiple program sites should complete a separate application for each program location.

Applications will be accepted between Thursday, August 11, 2022, 8:00 am and Monday, August 22, 2022, at 5:00 pm.


Please complete and submit your application online.

Questions about the application? Contact:

County of San Mateo North Fair Oaks Small Business Grant Program

Does your business have a physical commercial location in unincorporated North Fair Oaks (see map below)? Did you start your business before March 2020? Was your business negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic? If so, you may be eligible to receive up to $5,000 in grant funding from the county.  Review frequently asked questions to learn more about the grant program:

The Board of Supervisors approved funding to provide 100 grants in the amount of $5,000 to business who have not received a grant from the county in the last 12 months. Applications will be accepted until all funding has been awarded.

Support hotlines for application assistance​ (available weekdays between 9:00am - 4:00pm)​

English: 650-363-1800

Spanish: 855-221-1777

Chinese: 888-262-7552

Map of unincorporated North Fair Oaks

Your business must have a physical location within this area to be eligible to receive this grant.


California Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant

The California Office of the Small Business Advocate has released new grant funding to benefit microbusinesses in San Mateo County. The first-round deadline to apply is Monday, April 11, 2022. Applications will continue to be accepted after April 11 until all funds are awarded. Please submit your eligibility form as soon as possible. The portal will close when all funds are awarded.


To receive this grant you must:

  • Have a business located in San Mateo County

    • The business must have started before December 31, 2019

    • The business must have been the main source of the business owner’s income in 2019

    • The business must be legally operating (i.e. paying sales tax, registered with the state as appropriate)

    • The business must have fewer than 5 employees (in 2019, 2020 and now)

  • Have gross revenues (sales) under $50,000 in 2019 taxable year

  • Demonstrate that your business was significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Not have received the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant. If you received PPP, EIDL or any county grant, you are still eligible, if you meet the other criteria.

To begin the application process, complete the eligibility form below:

Review frequently asked questions to learn more about the grant program:

If your business is located outside of San Mateo County, click here to review contacts for other California counties offering this grant program.

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If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Anthony at

Support hotlines for application assistance​ (available weekdays between 9:00am - 4:00pm)​

English: 650-321-2193 x 1103​

Spanish: 650-829-4660

Chinese: 888-262-7552​

Tagalog: 415-766-7059


Mircofood Business Grant Program Instructions

If you received a grant, follow the instructions below for uploading your materials to confirm your business’ eligibility.

Click below for instructions for uploading your materials.

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