The Foundation’s semi-annual concept review process provides the opportunity for eligible organizations to receive feedback from Foundation staff on up to three project ideas. While participation in the concept review is not a prerequisite for applying to the Southern California Program, we strongly encourage it. Please see the eligibility requirements section for more details or download the eligibility checklist.
The concept review process starts in the W. M. Keck Foundation online portal. The portal is open for this process during the following dates:
We allow one submission per organization per cycle. Foundation staff will respond within four weeks of receiving a concept paper. Please see our full grant cycle timeline for more details about the grant cycle schedule.
Early submissions are appreciated. We will send an email receipt confirming that the Foundation has received the application. At any point during the application process, an applicant may withdraw an application without prejudice to future requests.
The Foundation will notify applicants whether they are invited to the site visit phase. Please do not contact the Foundation to check on the status of an application.
Please see our full grant cycle timeline for more details about the grant cycle schedule.
After review of the completed application, the Foundation will notify the applicant whether or not they have been invited to a Site Visit. The Site Visit is by invitation only. All requested documents for this phase must be submitted by:
In choosing to participate in the site visit, applicants have consented, if the grant is awarded, to comply with the Grantee Responsibilities.
Log in to the portal to submit Site Visit documents or access a submission in progress