MVLA Community common scholarship application is live!

Apply for a Community Grant

The Mountain View – Los Altos Community Roundtable Common Scholarship Application is now live and ready for applicants!

Thanks to all of the school counselors who responded and will be the contact for any students applying for scholarships being offered through the MV/LA Community Roundtable common scholarship application. Organizations offering scholarships through this online application are:

 

  • Rotary Club of Los Altos
  • Rotary Club of Mountain View
  • Kiwanis Club of Mountain View
  • Richard G. Bell Memorial Scholarship
  • MVLA Community Scholars

Quota International of Mountain View/Los Altos

Each scholarship will have individual criteria to be met, but all can be applied for through the single scholarship application. Details for each scholarship are listed under the scholarship names in the application. Not all scholarships are available to all high schools.

As in last year’s application, transcripts and recommendations are to be submitted as an electronic document (pdf, Word, etc.) after receiving the system generated transcript or recommendation request. Students will need email addresses for their school’s transcript department, as well as each person from whom they plan to receive a recommendation (2 are required, one from a teacher, the second from any other unrelated adult who knows the applicant). Their financial documentation and essay must also be electronically submitted.

They need not complete the application in one sitting; they can save and later re-login and continue.

 

Los Altos Community Foundation Grants Over $136,000 to Local Non-Profits

DSC_0083Los Altos Community Foundation (LACF) just completed its second grantmaking cycle this fiscal year, giving a total of $136,400 to 45 non-profits that serve Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, and Mountain View. These project and operational grants benefit our communities in areas such as health, assisting vulnerable populations, youth, seniors, arts and culture, and community building.

LACF’s Community grant program helps sustain programs at established local organizations such Los Altos Stage Company, Community Services Agency, Community Health Awareness Council, the Day Workers Center, El Camino Hospital Rotacare clinic, Hidden Villa, Los Altos History Museum, Just Read, Krause Center, and the YMCA.

LACF also directs a number of grants toward new and emerging community philanthropy. Recipients include CarbDM, Center for Age Friendly Excellence, Los Altos Forward, Los Altos Prepare, WomenSV, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s Project Los Altos exhibit.

“LACF is proud of how its grants have positively benefitted the social, environmental, and economic aspects of our community,” said Joe Eyre, LACF Executive Director. The Foundation has granted over $1.1 million to our local communities since its founding in 1991. Beginning in 2007, LACF began a re-granting program for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. This year the Packard Foundation provided 200,000 to LACF for local re-granting.

Grant requests are evaluated three times a year by a citizens committee. The next grant submission deadline is the fourth Tuesday in February. Interested community members may also contribute to the grant fund or any of LACF programs.

Los Altos Community Foundation improves the quality of life in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, and Mountain View by inspiring, facilitating, and celebrating philanthropy. The Foundation does this through grantmaking, programs, non-profit fiscal sponsorship, philanthropic funds, and community leadership. For more information see losaltoscf.org or call (650) 949-5908.

 

Head out to December First Friday

From the Los Altos Town Crier:

This month’s First Friday festivities, scheduled 6-8 p.m. Dec. 6 in downtown Los Altos, take on a holiday theme – “All Aboard for the Holidays!”

The Los Altos Forward-sponsored event includes free train rides courtesy of the local American Legion; browsing and shopping at retail shops and galleries, many of which offer discounts and free refreshments; and nearly 20 restaurants serving a variety of cuisines.

In addition to partnering with the Los Altos Village Association on the return of the annual tree-lighting event (see story above), First Friday will feature drawings for hundreds of dollars in gift certificates donated by downtown merchants.

PrimeTime’s Karen Duncan Talks to The Town Crier about BCS report

The pilot program – which uses the expertise of retired Los Altos professionals to study divisive community issues – sprang to life in 2010 after receiving support from the Los Altos Community Foundation (LACF) and has since published a report reviewing the costs of city-operated versus district-operated libraries in Los Altos.

PrimeTime founder Karen Duncan told the Town Crier that the goal of the study isn’t necessarily to solve long-standing issues between the district and the charter school. Instead, she noted that the group aims to complete a fact-based analysis without bias and emotion that educates the community “so that we’re not arguing about things that can be known.”

“If people just understood how little basis there was to some of the things they’re so upset about, it might help them to calm down and turn their attention elsewhere,” Duncan said about the philosophy behind her project.

http://www.losaltosonline.com/news/sections/news/297-news-features/46204-