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Gilroy Foundation opens grant cycle

Gilroy Foundation announced its 2024 Competitive Grant Cycle opened on Oct. 1.

“As the landscape of community needs evolves, Gilroy Foundation encourages a diverse array of organizations to apply, from larger nonprofits to smaller neighborhood groups and parent clubs to school organizations,” said Jaclyn Muro, executive director of Gilroy Foundation. “This inclusive approach seeks to expand the foundation’s reach and increase its impact, ensuring that funding reaches organizations of all sizes that are dedicated to making a positive difference in Gilroy.”

The foundation welcomes grant applications from organizations engaged in various areas, including Agriculture, Artistic Enrichment, Education, Environment, Civic Services, Culture, Health, Recreation and Technology. 

Grant awards range from $500 to $5,000.

Interested organizations are encouraged to visit the Gilroy Foundation website to access the complete grant application guidelines. The deadline for submitting applications is 9pm on Dec. 15. Applicants are urged to confirm the receipt of their applications to ensure they meet the submission deadline.

“Over four decades, Gilroy Foundation grants have catalyzed positive and powerful change in our community,” Muro said. “Our goal is to support innovative projects that make a meaningful impact, whether you’re a well-established nonprofit or a grassroots organization. Together, we can continue to build a stronger Gilroy.”

For information, visit or email Renee Garcia at [email protected].

East side cleanup scheduled for Oct. 14

The Community Agency for Resources, Advocacy, and Services (CARAS) will be organizing a neighborhood clean-up in the east side of Gilroy on Oct. 14. 

Recology South Valley has offered to donate eight garbage bins for the disposal of the trash. 

Volunteers who wish to participate can meet at Forest Park in Gilroy at 7am. The cleanup will run from 8am to noon, followed by a complimentary barbecue. 

For information, contact Marty Estrada at 408.422.2724.

Council to hold hearing on water rates

The Gilroy City Council will hold a public hearing on Oct. 16 to consider the adoption of water and wastewater rate adjustments.

If adopted, the rate adjustments will become effective on Jan. 1, and will be adjusted annually for a five-year period.

Rate revenues received from water and wastewater billing allow the city to invest in utility infrastructure, keep pace with rising operational and capital costs, and ensure both systems continually meet or exceed all public health and environmental standards, according to officials. The last time rates were adjusted was in 2019.

The meeting will be held in the City Council Chambers, 7351 Rosanna St., at 6pm.

For information, visit

AAUW holds membership lunch

The American Association of University Women will hold a luncheon on Oct. 21 at 11:30am at Old City Hall Restaurant, 7400 Monterey St. in Gilroy.

Membership is open to all persons with an associate’s or bachelor’s degree. 

Branch members will explain their public policy goals and interest groups. 

Cost is $25. RSVP by Oct. 16 to Sabra Dupree at 408.460.2868 or [email protected].

Officials to discuss sidewalk vending ordinance

The City of Gilroy is hosting a workshop to discuss its recently adopted sidewalk vending ordinance.

The workshop will take place Oct. 19 from 6-8pm in the City Council Chambers, 7351 Rosanna St.

Officials will provide information on the ordinance and the permitting process, as well as the required steps to obtain County Health’s approval. 

The meeting will be in English with Spanish translation. It will conclude with an opportunity for attendees to ask questions and meet with the City of Gilroy and Santa Clara County Health staff at 8pm. 

For information, call the Community Development Department at 408.846.0451 or visit

6th Street Studios hosting Fall Fundraiser

6th Street Studios & Art Center, 64 West Sixth St., will hold its Fall Fundraiser on Oct. 29 from noon to 4pm. 

The free, family-friendly event will feature crafts, pumpkin carving and painting stations, face painting and more. 

The funds will go toward supporting the studios’ education program, specifically for its youth ceramics program. It is raising funds to build an outdoor ceramics studio for artists of all ages.

Donations of pumpkins and straw bales are being sought from now through Oct. 27. Drop-off is Monday through Friday from 9am to 2pm, or pick-up by calling 408.206.0018.

Registrar of Voters seeks election workers

The County of Santa Clara Registrar of Voters’ (ROV) office is now accepting applications for election workers for the March 5, 2024, Presidential Primary Election.  

The 2,000 election workers are needed to assist at the main office and at more than 100 vote centers throughout the county. Bilingual speakers are strongly encouraged to apply.    

“At the Registrar of Voters, we work every day to ensure fair, inclusive, accurate and transparent elections,” Registrar of Voters Shannon Bushey said. “Election workers play an integral role in helping us deliver on that promise.” 

Election workers will have the opportunity to work at the ROV office, in the warehouse or at a vote center. 

Opportunities are also available for volunteers and high school students. Volunteers will receive a fixed stipend, while high school students may opt for either a stipend or community service credits.

For information, contact the Registrar of Voters’ Administrative Services Division at 408.918.9169 or visit

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