Eligibility & Process 

The eligibility requirements and funding processes for the Fremont Bank Foundation and Corporate Giving Program, can help nonprofits understand how to partner with us.

Corporate Giving Program

Donation requests are reviewed based on our application guidelines and funds availability.
Local Focus

Corporate Giving sponsorships are awarded to qualified nonprofit organizations located in communities within Fremont Bank's footprint.

Year-Round Operation

Our Corporate Giving Program sponsors events throughout the year.


We select federal tax-exempt charities that demonstrate stability, equal opportunity employment and dedication to community needs.

Corporate Giving Eligibility Guidelines

To be considered for our Corporate Giving Program, organizations must:

We will generally not consider donation requests for the following:

Corporate Giving: How to Apply

If you meet our Eligibility Guidelines, please visit our grant application portal to submit an application for donation. If you have previously created a profile, use your login credentials. If you have not been to this site before, you will need to create a profile, please click the "Start Application" button below and then select “Create a profile now” to get started. If you have any questions, please email us at community@fremontbank.com.


To allow Fremont Bank to take full advantage of the promotional benefits that may accompany the sponsorship of an event, please submit your Application Package at least 8 weeks prior to any submission deadline your organization may have for artwork, or at least 60 days prior to the event, whichever comes first.

Corporate Giving Review Process

Fremont Bank accepts applications for sponsorships on an on-going basis throughout the year. All applications are reviewed by our Corporate Giving Committee once a month. Careful, thoughtful attention is given to each and every request.

Funding is generally awarded on a yearly basis with the expectation that it will be expended within one year. A contribution granted one year does not make an organization automatically eligible the following year. Organizations must reapply for funding consideration for each annual request.

Fremont Bank makes every effort to assist as many qualifying nonprofit organizations as possible. Due to the number of requests for funding we receive, we reserve the right to decline any application at our discretion. Organizations whose requests cannot be fulfilled one year are welcomed to apply the following year. Fremont Bank reserves the right to suspend, change, or terminate its Corporate Giving Program, or any part of it, at any time.

Fremont Bank Foundation

The majority of our charitable giving is made through grants from the Fremont Bank Foundation. However, note that the Foundation does not accept uninvited proposals.
Proposals by Invitation Only

Members of our Board and Advisory Committees seek out and select organizations and projects for potential grant funding.

Benefits of Collaboration

We give special consideration to opportunities that leverage grant impact through collaboration with other community partners.


We select well-established federal tax-exempt charities that demonstrate equal opportunity employment and dedication to community needs.

Our History

Established in 1995 under the direction of Fremont Bank's late founder, Morris Hyman, and his wife, Alvirda, Fremont Bank Foundation is an independent, private, grant-making foundation that is solely funded by Fremont Bank.

Formed with an initial investment of $20,000, the Foundation now receives a significant percentage of Fremont Bank's pre-tax income each year. These substantial funds allow us to continuously invest in local nonprofit organizations for the implementation of their extraordinary visions, let it be $1,000 for a shed for children's riding toys–our first grant; or $1,500,000 for a new critical care pavilion–our largest contribution to date.

Foundation: Funding Process

"You find out what someone needs and you give it"

Morris Hyman would say this of his personal philosophy on community involvement. His principle is at the core of Fremont Bank Foundation's funding process.

Fremont Bank Foundation does not accept uninvited proposals.

Believing that it’s difficult to know the character of an organization simply by reading a grant application, the members of our Board of Directors and our Advisory Committee prefer to seek out and select first-hand the organizations and projects for potential grant funding. The Foundation views its grants as an opportunity to invest in the future of our communities. Getting to know the people who manage the organizations we support and how they operate is fundamental to our grant-making strategy.

To be selected for potential grant funding, organizations must:

Fremont Bank Foundation generally does not fund:

Next Steps

Recent Grants

See what the Fremont Bank Foundation has done recently to support Bay Area organizations and projects.

Start Your Application

Ready to apply? Visit our grant application portal to get started.

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