Phase I Application


For the December grant cycle, hard copy applications must be received no later than May 1, 4:30 p.m. (PT). For the June grant cycle, the deadline is no later than November 1, 4:30 p.m. (PT). If either date falls on a weekend, the deadline is extended to 4:30 p.m. (PT) on the following Monday. Deadlines are based on Pacific Time. We appreciate early submissions. Any hard copy Phase I applications received after the deadlines will not be considered.



Receipt of Phase I Applications will be acknowledged within four weeks. Completed applications are then carefully reviewed and the Foundation will notify those applicants that will be invited to proceed to Phase II. No inquiries regarding applications will be entertained in the interim.


Grant Cycle Timeline

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The Foundation will only consider applications that are complete and contain all the requirements listed below along with all the required forms and information listed on the Phase I Application.

All applicants must provide determination letters from the Internal Revenue Service that verify 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status and classification as a public charity described under section 509(a)(1) or 509(a)(2) or 170(b). Organizations located in the State of California must also provide determination letters from the California State Franchise Tax Board verifying 23701(d) tax exempt status.

All applicants must provide a copy of the organization’s current full, certified, audited financial statements prepared on an annual basis in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles. An accountant’s review or compilation does not suffice. If in existence less than five years, the organization must provide two consecutive full, certified, audited financial statements prepared on an annual basis.

All tax exempt documentation and audited financial statements must be in the same, current and full name of the qualifying organization.


Eligible Institutions

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Southern California Program Phase I Instructions and Forms

     Phase I Application Form

     Fundraising History Form

     Phase I Budget Form - Program Requests

     Phase I Budget Form - Capital Requests



Submission Address

One unbound original of the application must be mailed or delivered to:

W. M. Keck Foundation
550 South Hope Street, Suite 2500
Los Angeles, CA 90071

In addition to sending a hard copy, please email one consolidated PDF of the Phase I Application (excluding audits) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please note, this is not in lieu of the required hard copy.

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