At this time, LOIs are not required.
Grant applications are due in the foundation office by May 31 and October 31 of each calendar year. Applications received by the May deadline are reviewed by the directors at the end of July and applications received by the October deadline are reviewed at the end of January.
The foundation will communicate with you in writing by mid-August (for applications submitted by May 31) or mid-February (for applications submitted by October 31) with a decision.
In order to be considered, you must meet our basic requirements: the agency must be a public charity recognized as tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service code and in good standing. The foundation will not consider funding individuals, government agencies, loans, political campaigns, endowments, or legislative lobbying efforts.
We only fund agencies that provide direct services to California residents.
Generally speaking, the foundation seeks to fund programs that will improve social conditions, promote human welfare, and/or alleviate pain and suffering. These can include individual and family services, educational programs, homeless assistance, veterans’ affairs, food banks, medical equipment and technology, technology resources, capital campaigns, etc.
Yes, we will consider capital campaigns.
The foundation prefers not to fund multi-year grants.
We do not have minimum and maximum grant award guidelines; rather, the foundation suggests that your ask be commensurate with the goals and outcomes outlined in your request.
You must submit comprehensive six-month and 12-month reports to the foundation office, including narratives, spreadsheets, budgets, receipts, photos, success/impact stories, etc.
We will not grant funds to any organization two years in a row and prefer not to grant funds more often than once every three years.
While the foundation directors and staff are happy to answer questions about the granting process, we must recuse ourselves from offering direct input as to your specific proposal.