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Springboard Fund

Grants and In-Kind Services to California Organizations
in Eligible Areas to Benefit the Local Community

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Durfee Foundation

Deadline Date:

10/06/21

Description:

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Grants of $35,000 and in-kind support services to California organizations in eligible areas for programs that address the needs of local communities. Funding is intended to provide unrestricted support to innovative programs that are led by community members. Eligible programs benefit the residents of Los Angeles County. Grantees are typically at a critical developmental stage and use the Springboard funds strategically to take their work to the next level.

Springboard Fund grants are unrestricted and can be used for general operating support, salaries, technical assistance, equipment purchase, or whatever else the organization deems necessary for its development.

Goals: 

  • Back innovators who solve complex challenges in the communities to which they are deeply and personally connected
  • Assist young, dynamic social benefit organizations in advancing to the next stage of their organizational development
  • Link emerging leaders and mentors of Springboard organizations with leaders who can guide their organizational path

Each Springboard Fund grant recipient is paired with a mentor, a Durfee Fellow with deep and relevant expertise who will provide advice and assistance throughout the two-year grant period. The Durfee Foundation’s network is full of experienced leaders who have built robust institutions and have much to share with early-stage organizations. 

The Springboard Fund review process is highly selective and favors only those projects that show promise of long-term viability. Springboard grants are unrestricted general support grants that the recipient uses as it best sees fit. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180051

Number of Grants:

Approximately three to four per year.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Springboard grants are $70,000 over two years, typically payable in two installments of $35,000 each. The organization must submit a satisfactory progress report before receiving the second year’s installment.

Term of Contract:

Two years

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

A social benefit organization is one whose mission focuses on public good, rather than profit. It might take the form of a 501c3 nonprofit or another structure.

Organizations eligible to apply must:
- Be located in and serve Los Angeles County with a social benefit mission
- Have dynamic and effective leadership that comes from the community it serves
- Engage multiple stakeholders — people, communities, organizations — for input and accountability
- Have a program that is already underway
- Be in operation for less than five years
- Focus on applying an inventive strategy to a community issue
- Have a feasible action plan to animate a big idea through identifiable, concrete steps
- Be at a critical developmental stage so that Springboard funding can be at a tipping point for success
- Have an annual budget of $250,000 or less

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadlines

- February 3, 2021
- June 2, 2021
- October 6, 2021

Applications are accepted three times per year. Upon receipt of the application form, Durfee staff will determine whether the proposed project meets the program guidelines no more than four weeks after the deadline. If an application moves beyond the initial screening, the applicant will receive a call from foundation staff to gather additional information. The next step is a site visit to the organization, and then the foundation’s Board of Trustees makes a final determination on the grant. The board meets three times per year, so the full review can take up to four months.

For more information about this grant program, click here: https://durfee.org/our-programs/springboard-fund/

Contact Information:

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

Apply online: https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=durfee

700 South Flower Street, Suite 560
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(310) 899-5120
admin@durfee.org

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