Organizations must be headquartered in Southern California. On a case by case basis, national or statewide organizations with an independent affiliate or local chapter or local office in Southern California will be considered. The project must benefit communities within Los Angeles County.
Organizations must be:
- Exempt from federal taxation as defined by Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and be designated as:
- a public charity as defined by Section 509(a)(1) or 509(a)(2) or 170(b) of the Internal Revenue Code; or
- exempt operating foundation as defined by Section 4940(d)(2).
- For clarification, no grants will be made to private foundations (other than exempt operating foundations) or 509(a)(3) organizations.
- If the institution is located in the State of California, the organization must also be exempt from California State Franchise or Income Tax under Section 23701(d) of the Revenue and Taxation Code.
Organizations must be able to provide current full, certified, audited financial statements prepared on an annual basis in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles. If in existence less than five years, the organization must be able to provide at least two consecutive full, certified, audited financial statements prepared on an annual basis.
Organizations must also be able to provide the most recently filed complete Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990), including Public Charity Status and Public Support (Schedule A). If an exempt operating foundation, the organization also must able to provide the most recently filed complete (Return of Private Foundation (Form 990-PF) rather than Form 990.
If the organization is a government unit as defined by Section 170(b)(1)(A)(v) and (c)(1) and therefore does not receive a determination letter as to such organization’s tax exempt classification from the Internal Revenue Service, such organization must submit a Declaration of Status. Such declaration must specify:
- the federal, state or local laws pursuant to which the organization is created and governed;
- whether the organization also is a (a) school as defined by Section 170(b)(1)(A)(ii), (b) hospital or medical research institute as defined by Section 170(b)(1)(A)(iii) or (c) other organization described in Section 170(b);
- that such organization is legally and financially responsible for its debts; and
- that such organization is not a non-operating private foundation within the meaning of Section 509.
Such declaration must be signed by the organization’s chief executive or president and by its chief legal officer. A template of such declaration is available upon request.
Grant agreements will be deemed to have been entered into in the County of Los Angeles, State of California; and, California law will apply to the interpretation and enforcement of the grant provisions.
If the organization is part of a group that received a determination letter as to such group’s tax exempt classification from the Internal Revenue Service, such organization must provide such determination letter that identifies such organization as part of such group. Such organization also must provide an attestation as to the continued group status of such organization. Such attestation must be signed by the organization’s chief executive or president and by its chief legal officer. The Form 990 required for such organization may be the Form 990 of the group.
All tax-exempt documentation and audited financial statements must be in the same, current and full name of the qualifying organization.
The management and fiscal condition of an institution is taken into account when reviewing an institution for eligibility.
If a collaborative project is being considered, the lead institution must be identified and all members must meet the Foundation’s eligibility requirements. On a case by case basis, other members of the collaborative may be requested to submit additional documentation.
Please feel free to contact the Foundation in advance to check eligibility and tax requirements.
Not Eligible for Funding
- General operating expenses, endowments or deficit reduction
- General and federated campaigns, including fundraising events, dinners or mass mailings
- “Conduit” organizations, unified funds, or organizations using grant funds from donors to support other organizations or individuals
- Grants to individuals
- Conference or seminar sponsorship
- Book publication and film or theater productions
- Public policy research
- Projects to be undertaken outside Los Angeles County
- Requests over $1 million