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Established: Jul 24, 2018

The 2019-2020 Great Expectations Grant Application Cycle is now open!

This year's application cycle opens September 7, 2019 and will close on May 15, 2020 to coincide with the 2019-2020 school-year calendar. This is a competitive award program, making grants of up to $2,500 each max, to support public schools and qualified 501c3 nonprofit organizations serving Fairfield, Suisun, and Vallejo children and youth ages 5 to 20. The purpose of these grants is to provide low-income and at-risk (at promise) children with a variety of academic, cultural enrichment, and/or character development activities and experiences.

Specifically, funding will support out-of-town field trips and excursions which expand horizons and cultivate new interests, both academically and culturally. Successful applicants will be those organizations (schools and social service agencies) that have limited or no funding, or lack the ability to raise their own funds for this purpose. Grants are not intended to promote religion/religious practices.


There are three focus areas. Activities and projects for children and youth to experience new and different opportunities to broaden their horizons, learn and grow will be funded. Trips to cultural exhibits and live performances (plays, concerts, presentations), trips to museums and zoos, and group activities that identify, encourage, and develop moral values are just a few examples.

  1. Cultivate new interests (academic enrichment, out-of-town excursions, investigate career opportunities)
  2. Cultural enrichment activities (performance arts and events, learn languages and customs, character development)
  3. Nature and travel (science, wildlife, and nature camperships, visit historical landmarks, parks, museums, and zoos)

Read the Eligibility & Application Instructions document first, then complete the application form.

2019-2020 TGEF Eligibility & Application Instructions

2019-2020 TGEF Application Form

This Fund was established to give disadvantaged children the opportunity to explore the world, cultivate new interests, experience the arts, and expand their horizons (via excursions, camperships, performance events etc.).  Grants will not be awarded to attend sporting events or participate in sports club activities.  

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