Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Foundation's funding priorities?

Please see the Southern California Program’s funding guidelines.

What do you specifically not fund?

Please see the Southern California Program’s funding guidelines.

Do you give grants to individuals?

No, the Foundation only makes grants to eligible institutions.

Do you give grants to organizations outside California?

The Southern California Program awards grants only to organizations headquartered in Southern California that serve communities in Los Angeles County or national or statewide organizations that (a) have an independent affiliate or (b) a local chapter or office with program staff based in Los Angeles County.

How do I determine if my organization is eligible to apply for a grant?
Do I have to contact the Foundation before submitting a request to the Southern California Program?

The Southern California Program’s concept review process is optional.  Potential applicants may apply with or without receiving prior feedback from the Foundation.  Please see our application process.

How often can I apply for a grant?

Applicants may submit one application to the Southern California Program per grant cycle.  Current grantees with an active grant must contact the Foundation at before applying

What is the average size and duration of your grants?

Average size and duration of grants varies by organization and the nature of the project. Requests under $100,000 will not be considered. Only multi-year grants will be considered.

Can I request a no cost extension?

Yes, NCEs may be approved at the discretion of Foundation staff. See current grantees for additional information.