Supporting Los Angeles-based Good Works Since 1949


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

First-time Applicants:

  1. Navigate to the online Application/Login link at the bottom of the Applications page:
  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:
Follow steps 1, 2, and 4 above to begin a new application.

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 or add the new user information to your application in the “Additional Contact Information” section of the application.

How do I change my password?

After login, you will see your name in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. Click your name and you will see ‘Edit Profile’ in the dropdown menu. Choose ‘Edit Profile’ to make edits.

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. 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 the application in a clear and concise manner.

What is the deadline for submitting a request?

Please see the Application page to review deadlines and thematic areas of funding.

What are “Thematic Areas of Funding” and how does an organization determine the best thematic fit?

The Board of Directors considers requests by common philanthropic themes, or “Thematic Areas of Funding.” The primary purpose of an organization or the primary purpose of a program would be the best thematic area of funding. For instance, an organization that supports youth programs or is requesting funding for a specific 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?

Applications are reviewed by the Board the last Friday of the month, with exceptions due to holiday conflicts. The Board does not meet in July, September or November. Organizations that meet the Foundation’s funding guidelines may submit a request 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 Grants Lists  to review organizations that are similar to yours.

What are Capital requests?

Capital requests are for Construction or Technology Projects over $50,000.
Note: The Foundation seldom participates in capital campaigns, and then only with organizations that have had a long relationship with the Foundation. Deadline for submission is August 1.

What types of organizations and/or projects does the Foundation fund?

Mrs. Doheny directed the Board to emphasize funding in five funding areas: Aid to Those in Need, Health and Welfare, Education, Medicine, and Religion. Please refer to Mission & Mandate and Portraits of Giving for more information about these five areas of funding.
Grant requests are not considered for: Publishing books, travel, advertisement, individual scholarship, political purposes in any form, endowments, television or radio programs.

Are there geographic funding limitations?

Yes. Most funding is limited to the Greater Los Angeles area. The Foundation does not fund organizations or work that is done outside of the United States.

When should I contact the Foundation about a submitted application?

Within 30 minutes of submitting an application, you should receive a confirmation email that your application has been received. Once your application is submitted, it can take up to three months for it to be processed. If you have not heard from the Board about their decision within that period or have questions about the process, application or any other area of concern, please contact us and staff will be happy to assist you.