Southern California Program

The Southern California Program seeks to promote the education and healthy development of children and youth, strengthen families and enhance the lives of people in the greater Los Angeles area through its support of organizations that provide arts and cultural enrichment, civic and community services, early childhood and pre-collegiate education, and health care. Projects that address compelling issues and have the potential to have a significant impact on the target population, organization, region and/or field are encouraged. A special emphasis is placed on projects that focus on children and youth from low-income families and special needs populations. Collaborative initiatives as well as projects arising from the vision of one organization's strong leadership are supported. Nonprofit organizations, including colleges and universities, pursuing relevant projects in Los Angeles County are eligible to apply. Typically, the Foundation makes grants ranging from $100,000 to $500,000 to organizations with budgets of $1 million or more.


Program Priorities

Preference is given to exemplary institutions and organizations with a history of achievement and effective management, and whose financial condition is strong, as demonstrated by their current audited financial statements prepared in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles. Projects must address significant issues or problems in the areas of arts and culture, civic and community service, early childhood, health care, or pre-collegiate education. Only projects serving communities in Los Angeles County will be considered.

In addition, projects must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Are innovative and distinctive
  • Have the potential to create a significant and long-lasting impact for the target population, organization, region and/or field
  • Focus on children who are from low-income families
  • Benefit special needs populations, including those with developmental disabilities or delays, those in or transitioning from the foster care system and homeless families
  • Have strong institutional support, excellent leadership and can demonstrate thorough planning
  • Demonstrate that other funding sources are utilized to the fullest extent possible and that private philanthropy generally, and the W. M. Keck Foundation in particular, is essential to the project's success
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