The SILA Foundation’s ‘FOOTPRINT’ Grant is presented during the annual SILA National Education Conference.  To qualify, the organization must be located in the city hosting the conference.  The organization must be an approved 501(c)3 non-profit.  The organization must also provide opportunities or educational activities to the general public that develop and/or improve the individual’s capabilities that enhance their personal career and/or general wellbeing.  Activity may include personal development, job skill improvement, industry-based education materials, courses, public discussion groups, panels, lectures, personal career development, mentoring, job training, job fairs, or other programs deemed appropriate by the Foundation.

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Award Criteria:

  • The award amount is $1,000.
  • It is presented to an IRS 501(c)3 non-profit or an established educational institution that supports and/or emulates the purpose of the SILA Foundation, as described in the about ‘SILA Foundation Footprint Project Profile’.
  • July – August each year, the Foundation Outreach & Events Committee shall review and vote on top-candidates.  The Foundation Board of Trustees shall determine the winning organization by September 1st each year.  The formal in-person presentation shall be made during the SILA National Education Conference.
  • Periodic sharing of progress reports and statements which reflect how the grant funds awarded impacted the chosen organization would be appreciated by the Foundation.   The Foundation is free to make public via its website or other public means the project and impact.

If you’d like to be considered or would like to nominate an organization to be considered for one of our Footprint Project grants, simply email us at

Past Recipients

Beyond Literacy
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Beyond Literacy's mission is to expand opportunities and improve lives by unleashing the power of literacy through free, high-quality education.

Reality Changers
San Diego, California
Reality Changers transforms lives by providing youth from disadvantaged backgrounds with academic support, financial assistance, and leadership training to become college graduates.​
Indy Reads
Indianapolis, Indiana
The mission of Indy Reads is to build the literacy, English language, and job readiness skills to empower adults and families to reach their full potential. And their vision is simple: 100% literacy for all. They're working to make this dream a reality by providing free literacy, English language, and workforce readiness programs to adults through our innovative Community Classrooms at sites around Marion County.
Elevate Orlando
Orlando, Florida
The mission of Elevate Orlando is to build long-term, life-changing relationships with urban youth, equipping them to thrive and contribute to their community. Their vision is for all at-risk Central-Florida youth to have the tools, character qualities, and hope to succeed in life.
Brighton Center
San Antonio, Texas
Throughout San Antonio and Bexar County, Brighton Center provides developmental and educational services to children of ALL abilities. With a holistic, family-centered approach, they offer enrichment and development through an inclusive early childhood education program, as well as therapy services, counseling, case management, and special education support & services.
Martha O'Bryan Center
Nashville, Tennessee
On a foundation of Christian faith, Martha O'Bryan Center empowers children, youth, and adults in poverty to transform their lives through work, education, employment and fellowship.
Working Wardrobes
Anaheim, California
Working Wardrobes is Orange County’s foremost career development nonprofit, championing on behalf of at-risk men, women, young adults, and veterans to help them achieve the Power of a Paycheck.
The Ben Bragg Memorial Scholarship
New Orleans, Louisiana
The Ben Bragg Memorial Scholarship at St Paul’s High School was established in 2010 to honor Ben’s memory and encourage positive traits in others. The scholarship is given to an eighth-grader in financial need. While grades are important, Ben’s scholarship is designed to impact those students who are not candidates for other scholarships that focus on high-grade point averages.
Denver, Colorado
The purpose of DenverGives is to promote community giving, raise awareness and develop resources for small local nonprofits within the greater Denver Metro community.