Local grassroots organization Fixin’ San Mateo County (FxSMC) announced in a press release issued on Aug. 21 that it was the recipient of a grant courtesy of the Grove Action Fund.
The Grove Action Fund is a social welfare nonprofit — affiliated with the Grove Foundation — that provides financial support for organizations that are involved in advocacy work.
Fixin’ San Mateo County says that the grant funding will help it with both its operating costs and community outreach efforts. “We are grateful for the Grove Action Fund’s commitment to independent oversight of the Sheriff’s Office,” said FxSMC Board Chair Jim Lawrence.
The grant funding was part of a notable week for Fixin’ San Mateo County, which was highlighted by its Fixin’ SMC summer celebration event.
The fundraising event, which was put on at the Half Moon Bay Brewery, brought together over 60 people and raised more than $2,500 through its auction.
FxSMC is endorsed by 50 local elected officials, five city councils of East Palo Alto, Half Moon Bay, Portola Valley, Redwood City, and San Mateo, and the North Fair Oaks Community Council, which together represent a third of the county population, as well as by a coalition of 28 community organizations.
Back in September 2022, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously in favor of establishing a subcommittee to research oversight models, and in November of the same year, the Board voted to proceed with an ordinance that would incorporate both a civilian board and an Inspector General — all of which were recommended by FxSMC.
To learn more about Fixin’ San Mateo County and its efforts, head over to www.fixinsmc.org.