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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:

02/15/19 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. The first component of the application is due by November 1, 2018.

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:

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.

Initial contact from a multi-unit organization (such as a college, university or agency branch location) must be coordinated through the institution's central development office. Most colleges and universities have designated an official liaison to the Foundation. Other personnel contacting the Foundation will be referred to the central liaison.

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. This takes place between January 1 and February 15 leading up to a May 1 Phase I submission, or between July 1 and August 15 leading up to a November 1 Phase I submission.

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. Early submissions are appreciated.

Applicants will receive an email receipt confirming an application has been submitted and received. The Foundation will formally acknowledge eligibility of Phase I applications within four weeks. Completed applications are then carefully reviewed and the Foundation will notify those applicants that are invited to submit a Phase II proposal. No inquiries regarding applications will be entertained in the interim.

Phase II is by invitation only. Unsolicited Phase II proposals are not accepted at any time. Proposals received after the deadline will not be considered. The deadlines for invited proposals are 4:30pm (PT) on February 15 for consideration at the June board meeting, and by 4:30pm (PT) on August 15 for consideration at the December board meeting.

Applicants will receive an email receipt confirming a proposal has been received. The Foundation will formally acknowledge receipt of Phase II proposals within four weeks. Upon receipt of a complete Phase II proposal, the Foundation will notify the institution if any additional information is required for the review process. After the Board of Directors has made its final grant decisions in a given grant cycle (June or December), all Phase II applicants will be notified in writing. No inquiries regarding the Board’s decision will be entertained in the interim.


Application process:

Phase 1 applications:

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.

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