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Southern California Program

Grants to California Nonprofits and Agencies for Education,
Health, and Cultural Programs in Los Angeles County

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Foundation / Corporation

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W.M. Keck Foundation

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Deadline Date:

02/15/20 4:30 PM PT Receipt


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Grant to California nonprofit organizations and agencies to strengthen families, promote the healthy development and education of children and youth, and enhance the lives of residents of Los Angeles County. Applicants are required to submit an initial application prior to submitting a full proposal.

The Southern California program supports 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 fields and special needs populations. Collaborative initiatives as well as projects arising from the vision of one organiation's strong leadership are supported.

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

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 160370

Estimated Size of Grant:

Historically, grants range from $100,000 to $1 million, and are typically under $500,000.

Term of Contract:

Duration of grants ranges from one to five years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations must be headquartered in Southern California or be a national or statewide organization with (a) an independent affiliate, or (b) a local chapter or local office in Southern California that serves communities in Los Angeles County. 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 (and not a private foundation) as defined by Section 509(a)(1) or 509(a)(2) or 170(b)(1)(A)(I-VI) of the Internal Revenue Code; or
- An exempt operating foundation as defined by Section 4940(d)(2).
- 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.

Not Funded:
-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

More on eligibility:

Pre-Application Information:

Grant Cycle Timeline:

For awards to be determined in December:
Pre-application counseling: January 1 to February 15
Phase I application deadline: May 1
Notification of Invitation to Submit Full Proposal: July 15
Full Proposal deadline: August 15

For awards to be determined in June:
Pre-application counseling: July 1 to August 15
Phase I application deadline: November 1
Notification of Invitation to Submit Full Proposal: January 15
Full Proposal deadline: Feburary 15

The W.M. Keck Foundation employs a two-phase application process. Applicants are strongly urged to contact Foundation staff well in advance of submitting a Phase I application. However, before contacting the Foundation, please review the basic criteria for the Southern California Program on the Eligible Institutions page to ensure eligibility.

If the organization meets all of the criteria on the Eligible Institutions page, please call the Southern California Program Coordinator to discuss next steps. The program staff may request a concept paper about your project and if a consultation is recommended, it will be scheduled on a first come, first served basis during the pre-application counseling period.

For the December grant cycle, Phase I applications must be submitted online no later than May 1, 4:30 pm (PT). For the June grant cycle, the online submission deadline is no later than November 1, 4:30 pm (PT). If a deadline falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the deadline is 4:30 pm (PT) on the following Monday. Applicants will not be able to submit Phase I applications after the deadline.

Applicants may submit one Phase I application online per grant cycle to each of the following areas for which they are eligible: Medical Research, Science and Engineering Research, Undergraduate Education and Southern California.

The Foundation will notify those applicants that are invited to submit a Phase II proposal. Please do not contact the Foundation to check on the status of an application or proposal. No inquiries regarding Phase I applications or Phase II proposals will be entertained in the interim. All Phase I applications and Phase II proposals take approximately four weeks to process and formally acknowledge. Unsolicited Phase II proposals are not accepted at any time.


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Phase 2 proposals:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Call the Southern California Program Coordinator at 213-612-2038 to discuss next steps.

W. M. Keck Foundation
550 South Hope Street
Suite 2500
Los Angeles, CA 90071

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: Los Angeles County