The CHEER For Life Foundation selects a number of beneficiaries for each operating year, partnering with outstanding community-based organizations that provide critical services to people living with life-challenging conditions in our communities.

In addition to simply providing grant dollars, we look to form meaningful partnerships with our programs – working together over the course of the program year to maximize opportunities for increased awareness and volunteer manpower to support the causes championed by our beneficiaries.

Our grants are typically $1,000 – $25,000. Applications are vetted by our Board of Directors, with beneficiaries being selected based on alignment with our organizational priorities, overall program impact and specific plans for the use of grant funds.

While we are open to supporting the work of any organization, our beneficiary selection committee takes special consideration of grant applicants that meet the following criteria – and welcome applicants to make specific note of how their work aligns with these areas:

  • Direct Service Provider – Does the applicant provide direct services to members of the community?

  • HIV/AIDS or Other Life Challenging Conditions – Does the applicant serve people with HIV/AIDS or other life challenging conditions?

  • LGBTQ+ Focus – Does the applicant serve, support, and/or advocate for the LGBTQ+ community?

  • San Francisco Bay Area Focus – How does the applicant serve San Francisco and/or greater Bay Area community?

As they are supported by the ongoing fundraising efforts of our programs, grants are awarded after the close of our fiscal year in June. The ultimate amount of each grant depends on the needs of the beneficiary organization and the quality of its partnership with the CHEER For Life Foundation.

The CHEER for Life Foundation accepts beneficiary applications year-round — however, in order to be considered as the foundation's primary beneficiary for the 2019–2020 fiscal year applications must be submitted by April 30, 2019.

CHEER For Life Foundation Beneficiary Application

Once received, your application will be reviewed and you can expect to hear from a member of our team within 2–4 weeks. If you are selected to move forward in the process, we will also request any additional organizational and project-specific documentation that might be required.

  • March 15, 2019 – Application Cycle Open

  • April 30, 2019 – Applications Due for 2019/20 Primary Beneficiaries

  • July 2019 – Primary Beneficiaries Announced

  • September 2019 – Program Year Kickoff

If you need additional information, please contact us at – we're happy to assist and look forward to learning more about your organization. 

Note: the application for our 2019–2020 primary beneficiaries has closed. Any general applications submitted will be considered as part of our next fundraising year. If you would like to propose an event-specific beneficiary request, please contact us. 

Requester Information
If applying for a specific program or project.
Address *
Is your organization an IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit? *
Does your organization serve the San Francisco Bay Area or surrounding area? *
Primary Contact Name *
Primary Contact Name
Primary Contact Phone
Primary Contact Phone
If different from Primary Contact
Organization / Program Information
Please include specific goals and/or metrics to demonstrate the impact of a potential grant.
Partnership Opportunities
Some examples of potential opportunities include joint events, reciprocal events (CHEER SF volunteers at your event or beneficiary volunteers at CHEER SF event), reciprocal promotion/marketing, etc.