No. The Foundation does not fund for-profit organizations or businesses.
No. Grant applicants must be organizations with 501(c)(3) status.
The Foundation directs its philanthropy to Los Angeles County. Rarely are exceptions made.
Our highest priority is organizations based in and serving Los Angeles County. If your organization serves significant numbers of Los Angeles residents, send a Letter of Inquiry describing the situation and rationale for support.
No, only organizations with 501(c)(3) status are eligible to apply.
While the Foundation does consider requests for projects and programs to benefit public education in Los Angeles, it generally does not provide support to individual public schools.
Our priorities are listed under Guidelines and Limitations.
Yes. Grants are made both for specific programs and for capital expenditures such as equipment purchases, construction or renovation. We do not fund the cost of running a capital campaign. We recommend that you review the sections under Guidelines and Limitations for additional funding information.
The Foundation’s priorities are for capital expenses. However, there are occasions when program expenses are considered.
Loans and program-related investments are considered, but rarely.
The Foundation does provide scholarships to a select group of pre-collegiate independent schools and outstanding private universities and colleges in southern California. These institutions were carefully selected over the years. The Foundation limits its scholarships to these institutions, rarely making exceptions to institutions outside of these programs. We provide scholarship support only to nonprofit institutions; individuals are not eligible.
Only rarely. A particular need for multi-year support must be compelling.
Yes. See the section on Limitations.
Applying for a Grant
You may apply for an Ahmanson Foundation grant by following the process outlined under the section How to Apply.
There are no ‘application’ forms to use in applying for a grant. The Foundation accepts letters of inquiry or full proposals, directed to the Foundation’s Managing Director. See the sections on How to Apply, Letter of Inquiry and Grant Requests.
We prefer a Letter of Inquiry as all requests undergo Preliminary Screening.
There are no deadlines. The Foundation accepts grant proposals throughout the year.
The Foundation considers proposals, either at quarterly Board meetings or weekly executive committee meetings.
No. We ask that you send your request through postal services. A request letter must be on agency letterhead and signed by the executive director, president or appropriate Board representative.
We ask that you apply for funding for one project at a time. We suggest that you apply for the project that best fits our guidelines and is of highest priority for your agency. This will assist you in making a case for funding the project.
We recommend that you initially submit a Letter of Inquiry describing the project for which you are seeking funds. If you have questions about the letter of inquiry, please call the Foundation for clarification. Meetings with the staff at the Foundation prior to submission of a letter are generally discouraged. If the Foundation accepts a proposal for review, a program officer will contact you to decide if additional information or a meeting or site visit is required.
Contact with applicant agencies is a high priority. The program officers will determine the most appropriate methods by which to gather the information they need for a review and will arrange site visits accordingly.
Requests differ in complexity, size, time frame, cost, etc. and will likely differ in how they need to be presented (see Grant Requests). We ask that you design your proposal to fully capture your organization and its current need, but to do so as concisely as possible.
We need one single copy of your proposal, required documents and optional attachments.
There is a variety of information we need in order to review a grant request. See section on Grant Requests for a listing of required materials.
You only need to submit materials that apply to your organization and funding request. If additional information is needed, a program officer will let you know.
Yes. Please submit audited financial statements, with all attachments and reports, for the two most recent years. If the organization is not subject to an audit requirement or has not yet received the most recent year’s independent auditors’ report, submit a compilation or year-end financial statements with budgeted and actual revenues and expenses.
There are two types of information we need about funding sources:
First, the major sources of your organization’s revenue including government agencies, individuals (in the aggregate), foundations and corporations, fundraising events, program fees, earned income, etc. Provide the name or description of each source and the amount contributed.
Second, all sources of funding for the project for which you are seeking our support. Provide the name or description of each source, the amount requested or contributed, and whether the funds are pending or committed.
Do not identify individual donors by name; rather, provide the total amount contributed by all individual donors.
While they are not necessary, some letters of support do in fact strengthen a request.
Please send your letter of inquiry or proposal via postal services. Due to limited staffing, we are not able to accommodate visits to the Foundation’s offices unless arranged by a program officer or the managing director.
No. The Foundation rarely provides sole support for a project. It is generally in your best interest to look for support from multiple sources of funding.
In most instances, applicants will receive a written response within 10 days indicating whether or not they qualify.
It generally takes 2 to 3 months, from the day that it is received until you are notified of its disposition. Applicants are notified promptly once a decision has been made. See section on Review of Grant Requests for more details.
No. Due to the constraint of limited resources, only one request per 12-month period can be considered.
Another request is eligible for consideration 12 months from the date of the decline letter.
Competition for grant funds is intense and a number of factors determine if a proposal is declined. Frequently, it is because we are unable to fund every request we receive. The staff and Board of Trustees look for exemplary programs and projects that best meet the Foundation’s current priorities.
Each of our program officers is broadly knowledgeable about the nonprofit community. Program officers are not assigned to a specific area, nor are they tied to specific agencies or grantees. Each request is treated independently.
We look at the amount needed for each specific proposal in terms of the scope of the work and expected outcomes. The Foundation rarely provides sole support for a project and prefers that the entire cost of the project be funded through multiple sources.
We have not established maximum dollar amounts, but rather look at the amount needed for each specific project based on the scope of the work. As similar requests are reviewed throughout the year, it is to your advantage to present a cost-effective budget.
Based on the project cost, a grant can range from $5,000 to over $1 million.
The typical award amount ranges from $10,000 to $50,000.
Letters of Inquiry and Grant Requests should be directed to:
The Ahmanson Foundation
9215 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, California 90210
Reporting requirements are unique to each grant and will be sent to you as a separate document in the same envelope as the transmittal letter. Please note the grant report deadline on the top of this document.
Please address your grant report to:
The Ahmanson Foundation
9215 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, California 90210
Please wait at least 12 -18 months after receiving a grant before submitting another request. New requests will not be considered if past grant reports are still outstanding. Organizations who do not submit requests every year will be given priority.