What is the maximum grant amount that you fund?

Posted on February 10, 2014

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…

How much would be appropriate to request?

Posted on February 9, 2014

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…

Our proposal was declined. Can you tell us why?

Posted on February 7, 2014

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…

May I hand-deliver a request?

Posted on February 1, 2014

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.

What should we tell you about other funding sources?

Posted on January 30, 2014

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…

How long or how many pages do you expect in a proposal?

Posted on January 25, 2014

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…

Can you help us write the grant proposal?

Posted on January 24, 2014

We encourage applicants to follow our guidelines in preparing a proposal and to call if you have a question. You might consider the resources of the Center for Nonprofit Management in Los Angeles or the Foundation Center in New York.

Do you conduct site visits for all grant requests?

Posted on January 23, 2014

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.

Can you send me an application?

Posted on January 16, 2014

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.

How do we apply for a grant?

Posted on January 15, 2014

You may apply for an Ahmanson Foundation grant by following the process outlined under the section How to Apply.