Grant Guidelines

The Foundation reviews grant requests from 501(c)(3) organizations that are not private foundations as defined in section 509(a) of the U.S. Internal Revenue code and that are based in and serving Los Angeles County.

In order to be responsive to the many needs of the Los Angeles community, the Foundation prefers to consider requests that are one-time or short-term in nature. Organizations that do not submit requests on a regular or annual basis will receive preference.

The Foundation’s philanthropic interests are in four areas:

  • Arts and Humanities
  • Education
  • Health and Medicine
  • Human Services

The types of funding support common to these areas include:

  • Construction and renovations
  • Equipment and furnishings
  • Transportation vehicles
  • Technology and infrastructure
  • Software, books, supplies

Requests for capital support are considered after there is clear evidence that the goal of the campaign will be achieved and that it will be accomplished within a reasonable time period. Lead gifts are rarely granted.

On occasion, the Foundation provides operational support for outstanding programs.

Eligibility

Eligible grant applicants are organizations certified as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code and not private foundations as defined in Section 509(a) of that Code.

Limitations

Grants are not made:

  • To individuals
  • To religious organizations for sectarian or propagation of faith purposes
  • To institutions limiting their services to persons of a single religious sect or denomination
  • For propagandizing, influencing legislation and/or elections, or promoting voter registration
  • For political candidates, campaigns or organizations engaged in political activities or specific advocacy

Grants generally are not approved for:

  • Endowed chairs, fellowships, internships, exchanges, or individual scholarships
  • Annual campaigns or regular, ongoing operational support
  • Production of film, video or other media
  • Deficit financing, loans or debt reduction
  • Organizations that make grants to others
  • Traveling exhibits, performance underwriting, seminars, workshops, surveys, general research and development
  • Operational support of regional and national charities
  • Fundraising or award events