Supporting Los Angeles-based Good Works Since 1949

FAQs

What is the Foundation’s process for submitting a proposal?

First-time Applicants:
1. Go to the Foundation’s website, click the Grants tab, then choose “Application” from the drop-down menu. Navigate to the online Application/Login link at the bottom of the page. http://www.dohenyfoundation.org/grants/application/

2. Next, log in by entering your email address, and a password. Click “Log On.”

3. Follow the directions to create a new account for your organization. You must create an account to apply for a grant with the Foundation. 

4. When you are on your homepage, you will see the word, “Apply” in the menu bar at the top of the screen. Click “Apply” to begin a new application.

Returning Applicants
To go to your organization’s homepage, go to the Foundation’s website, click on the Grants tab, then choose “Application” from the drop-down menu and navigate to the online Application/Login link at the bottom of the page. Click the link to log in. Enter your email address and password and click “Log On.” 

Returning Applicants with new user(s)
If you would like to add a new user to your current account or change current information, contact the Foundation through our website at http://www.dohenyfoundation.org/about/contact-us/

Do I have an opportunity to meet with the Board to explain the request?
Meetings with the Board are rare and only at the Board’s request. If you have questions prior to applying, please contact the Foundation through our website at http://www.dohenyfoundation.org/about/contact-us/. Information submitted in an application is summarized and presented to the Board in writing by staff. It is important to include all pertinent information in a clear and concise manner.

What is the deadline for submitting a request?
Board meetings are held on the last Friday of each month, except for the months of July, September and November. Please view Eligibility Guidelines to view thematic funding areas and their corresponding deadlines for submission.

What thematic area of funding is the best fit for an organization?

Either the primary program of an organization or the program in the request would be the best thematic area of funding. For instance, an organization that supports youth programs or is requesting funding for a youth program would select “Youth Programs” as the thematic area of funding. For further information or help with a selection, please Contact Us.

What is the Foundation’s funding cycle?

The Board of Directors awards grants at their meeting the last Friday of funding months (see “What is the deadline for submitting a request” above.) Organizations that meet the Foundation’s funding guidelines may submit a request for support once per year.

How much should I request?
You may request whatever amount is needed, but it is suggested that you refer to the Past Reports to review previous awards.

What types of organizations and/or projects does the Foundation fund?
Mrs. Doheny directed the Board of Directors to emphasize funding in the areas of Education, Medicine, Religion, Aid to Those in Need, Health, and Welfare. Please refer to Mission & Mandate and Portraits of Giving for more information about these five areas of funding.

What are the geographical limitations?
Most funding is done in the Greater Los Angeles area. The Foundation does not fund organizations or work that is done outside of the United States.

When should I call the Foundation?
If you have not heard from the Board about their decision within a period of three months or have questions about the process, application form or any other area of concern, please contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

Grant requests are not considered for:
Publishing books, travel, advertisement, individual scholarship, political purposes in any form, endowments, television or radio programs.