Grant Process

Graybird gives grants in the form of marketing services to nonprofits focused on Community, Education and the Fine Arts in Alameda, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.

A typical application advances through the following steps:

Nonprofit grants process Discovery Contact

Nonprofit organization emails letter of interest to Graybird Foundation.

Nonprofit grants process Invitation to Application

If request meets criteria, Graybird extends invitation to complete grant application.

Nonprofit grants process Marketing Meeting

Client and Graybird meet to discuss background for marketing initiative.

Nonprofit grants process Scope Proposal and Schedule

Graybird proposes and scopes specific marketing project to be completed by the Graybird team and the client.

Graybird Foundation projects typically last from 3 to 12 months. During that time, we supervise all components of the marketing project, liaise with the expanded team of partners and vendors, mentor in-house client marketing staff throughout the engagement, and finally transition the project so the client staff may carry it forward.

General Requirements for Client Applicants:

  • Must be a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization
  • Must be an organization dedicated to serving the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Organization’s operations must fall under one of these three categories:
Nonprofit grants for San Francisco Bay Area Community


Organizations with the goal of enhancing communities by helping stabilize the lives of underserved families, individuals and veterans

Nonprofit grants for San Francisco Bay Area Education


Organizations with the goal of strengthening education for grades K-12

Nonprofit grants for San Francisco Bay Area Fine Arts

Fine Arts

Organizations with the goal of promoting cultural arts, especially with a mission to educate and give back to SF Bay Area communities

In addition to the general requirements, Graybird Foundation will only award grants to organizations that demonstrate strong leadership, an ability to make a clear impact on the SF Bay Area community, sound finances, and a preparedness to actively participate in a year-long Graybird marketing project.

We cannot fund:

  • Expenses incurred prior to the grant agreement starting date
  • Individuals (unless included in a scholarship program)
  • Medical, academic or scientific research
  • Capital improvements, construction, renovation, structural maintenance of facilities
  • Administrative personnel (including clerical staff, producers, management, grant writers)
  • Religious activities
  • Programs that do not support the goals or mission of Graybird Foundation

If your organization meets our requirements and would benefit from a Graybird Foundation grant, please submit a letter of inquiry to grants@

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Natalie Occhipinti

Natalie Occhipinti

Marketing Coordinator

Natalie was born and raised in the Bay Area, attending Trinity School and Castilleja. She left California for college, attending the University of Colorado Boulder where she earned BA in Ecology and Environmental Biology and a minor in Religious Studies.

Natalie chose to study both science and religion in her college career. While gaining a deep understanding of the world’s ecosystems through research projects and lecture, Natalie simultaneously expanded her knowledge of worldly affairs and historical communities by writing and engaging in discussion with her peers and professors. Along with her studies, Natalie enjoyed exploring Colorado. Now she’s back in the Bay Area, working with Graybird as our Marketing Coordinator. She brings a unique, analytical perspective to our office.

As Marketing Coordinator, Natalie conducts client research, compiles research results and manages interview schedules. She schedules, prepares and attends client meetings, presentations and events, while also reviewing and providing input on all Graybird projects.

Outside of work, Natalie enjoys traveling, painting, and spending time with her friends and family.

I can’t function without

Coffee Coffee Coffee

The travel adventure on my bucket list is

Exploring Southeast Asia

A nerdy thing I love to do

Discuss scientific theories

Favorite Podcast/Movie/Book/Play/Artist

My favorite movie is Funny Face, and my favorite musical group is Fleetwood Mac

My favorite spot in the Bay Area is

Skyline Boulevard

You would never guess

I was born on leap day!

Favorite part of my job

Working with a group of remarkable women