Expanding Opportunity Fund
Grants to Southern California Nonprofits that Address
Social and Economic Issues for Operational Support
Social and Economic Issues for Operational Support
Foundation / Corporation
Grants of up to $25,000 to Southern California small, community-based nonprofit organizations for operational support that will help advance social and economic equity in eligible communities. Specifically, funding is intended for organizations serving the Counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, and Ventura. Within these counties, the following communities have been identified as areas of designated focus: Southeast Los Angeles County, Watts and Willowbrook, and the South Los Angeles Transit Empowerment Zone.
Funding is intended to support organizations that focus on the following issue areas:
Reentry - Successful reintegration of individuals reentering the community from incarceration with a focus on employment and/or housing with supportive services.
Immigrant Integration - Outreach and enrollment around the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program; education and fraud prevention related to administrative relief; workforce development and workplace rights; support for access to health care and drivers’ licenses; citizenship and naturalization efforts; civic participation; detention and deportation support; and literacy and English as a Second Language programs.
- Increasing high school graduation rates, post-secondary degree attainment and employment opportunities for low-income students, including, but not limited to, a special focus on youth in or at-risk of entering County systems (e.g. child welfare or juvenile justice);
- Early childhood literacy programs;
- Improving parent engagement in public education.
Youth Organizing and Leadership Development: Youth organizing and leadership development programs for low-income and vulnerable youth.
- Housing and services for survivors of domestic violence and abuse;
- Homelessness prevention for families;
- Addressing food insecurity.
Funding is intended for unrestricted funding that enables an organization to carry out its mission. It can be used, for example, to underwrite administrative infrastructure, implement a strategic plan, build or strengthen organizational capacity, and/or to maintain core programs and essential staff.
High priority is given to organizations with operating budgets under $1 million.
All grants through the EOF are for a maximum of $25,000.
All grants are for a 12 month period.
An organization that is certified as tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code and is not a private foundation as defined in section 509(a) of that Code is eligible for consideration. The Foundation does not fund Section 509(a)(3) Type III non-functionally integrated supporting organizations.
The Weingart Foundation supports organizations providing services in the following six Southern California counties: Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, and Ventura.
In addition, the following communities have been identified as areas of designated focus: Southeast Los Angeles County; Watts and Willowbrook; and the South Los Angeles Transit Empowerment Zone.
Generally, requests from organizations with less than three years operating history in the Southern California region will not be considered at this time.
Grants are not made:
- To organizations that discriminate against certain groups or individuals in the delivery of programs and services on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation or disability;
- For influencing legislation and/or elections, promoting voter registration; for political candidates, political campaigns;
- For social or political issues outside the United States of America;
- To individuals;
- For temporary exhibits, travel, surveys, films or publishing activities;
- For endowment funds;
- For fundraising dinners or events;
- For research;
- For animal welfare.
Grants generally are not approved for:
- National organizations that do not have local chapters operating in the geographic area of grant focus;
- Religious or consumer interest programs;
- Feasibility studies.
The Foundation accepts Unrestricted Operating Support (UOS) grant requests throughout the year with no deadlines. At this time, the Weingart Foundation is currently not accepting new letters of inquiry for Capital funding.
Given the high demand for funding, it should be noted that the grant award may be less than the requested amount and typically does not exceed 10% of an organization's operating budget.
Generally, after two consecutive Expanding Opportunity Fund grants, agencies must wait one year after the close of the second grant to re-apply to the EOF.
Organizations applying to the Expanding Opportunity Fund will receive notification of a decision on their application within four months after submitting an application.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Register and apply online:
Eric Medina, Program Officer, Expanding Opportunity Fund
Patricia Watkins, Program Officer, Expanding Opportunity Fund
If you have questions or need assistance when completing the online application, please contact:
Angela Carr, Grants Management Associate
Counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, and Ventura, and specifically, Southeast Los Angeles County, Watts and Willowbrook, and the South Los Angeles Transit Empowerment Zone
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