Foundation / Corporation
The Durfee Foundation
Grants of up to $70,000 over two years to Los Angeles, California small, new organizations to support innovative projects that foster leadership and community development. As an unrestricted grant, funding received may be applied towards general operating support, salaries, technical assistance, equipment purchase or whatever else the organization deems necessary for its development.
The Foundation’s Springboard Fund supports Los Angeles community leaders launching efforts that enhance their communities. The best candidates for the fund are members of the community they serve, and who bring together groups with overlapping interests.
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.
Goals of the program:
- 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
GrantWatch ID#: 180051
Approximately three to four per year.
Up to $70,000, typically $35,000 each year.
The Fund offers two-year grants.
Organizations eligible to apply must:
- Be located in and serve Los Angeles County with a social benefit mission (A social benefit organization might take the form of a 501c3 nonprofit or another structure.)
- 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, but that has been 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
Springboard Fund support is reserved exclusively for new, free-standing ventures.
Springboard applications will be considered three times each year. Notification of award decision will come approximately five weeks after the application deadline. Upcoming deadlines are:
-February 15, 2018
-June 15, 2018
-October 15, 2018
Grant FAQ and Application Criteria:
Sample Application: See below in Supporting Documents
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Online Application Portal: https://app.wizehive.com/appform/login/springboard
Claire Peeps, Executive Director
1453 Third Street, Suite 312
Santa Monica, CA 90401
USA: California: Los Angeles County