Application Procedure

Each year the foundation awards approximately twenty grants of $1,000 to $15,000 in one or two funding cycles.

In 2020, the Foundation will have two funding cycles.

Grant applications are due:

March 2, 2020 for a June decision
August 3, 2020 for a December decision

To apply, please send a letter or an email, no longer than one page, outlining the purpose for which you request funding. There is no application form; the letter is your application. Please include a one sentence summary of your proposed project. The letter should address these basic questions:

  1. What is the significance of the issue you seek to address and how does it affect young children and their families?
  2. What are the changes you seek to bring about?
  3. What project are you proposing to Trio and approximately how much funding are you requesting for it?
  4. How will this project bring about the changes you seek?

Applicants whose projects best match our funding priorities will be asked to submit a longer proposal.

Send application letters by email to:

or by mail to:

TRIO Foundation
1569 Solano Avenue #174
Berkeley, CA 94707
510.527.4605