The first Hellman Collaborative Change Initiative grants were awarded in 2014 to EatSF and CavityFree SF.
In 2015, the Hellman Initiative expanded to Alameda County and awarded four grants to collaborations poised to make real change in the areas of education and poverty: African American Postsecondary Pathway Project, Oakland Starting Smart and Strong, Little 5 / Big 5, and Home Stretch. These awardees were chosen out of 141 collaboratives tackling some of the toughest challenges facing San Francisco and Alameda today.
In choosing from an impressive array of active collaborations, the Foundation focused on collaborations that were facing a discrete barrier or timely opportunity where Hellman Foundation funding could tip their ability to achieve broad community impact.
Each collaboration will receive up to $400,000 over two years, coupled with strategic support, to strengthen their partnerships and support their efforts to shape the Bay Area for the better.
"EatSF never could have happened without money from the Hellman Initiative. Their support was absolutely crucial to getting all the right players to the table—including exciting new sources of funding that have allowed us to rapidly build our vision.” – Hilary Seligman, EatSF
"The Hellman Initiative grant came along during a critical time for our Children’s Oral Health Collaborative. It took the early seed money support from Hellman to help move us from great ideas to real policy change and implementation." – Lisa Chung, Children’s Oral Health Collaborative