Grant Eligibility & Application

Eligibility Guidelines

The Foundation funds approximately 300 organizations per year. The majority of these organizations have had a relationship with the foundation for more than 10 years and are well-aligned with Mrs. Doheny’s Mission & Mandate. Organizations and grant requests must fall within the specific four areas of funding outlined below.

Four Areas of Funding

Organizations that apply for funding must reflect this Mission & Mandate and fall within one or more of these four areas:

  • Social Welfare
  • Health and Wellness
  • Education
  • Religion

Registered NonProfit Status

Only organizations that are currently registered as section 501(c)(3) with the Internal Revenue Service will be considered. 

Ineligible Requests

Grant requests are not considered for publishing of books, television, or radio programs or production, travel funds, advertisement, individual scholarship, political purposes in any form, or endowments. 

Geographical Location

Funding is generally limited to Los Angeles and adjacent surrounding areas. In some instances, Los Angeles programs of organizations headquartered elsewhere may be funded. Please see our Funding Map for more information.

Application Frequency

Organizations may only apply once a year. Returning organizations may apply after the grant report from the previous grant has been submitted, three months before the anniversary of grant funding.

Application Types

Before starting the application process, please review the important information below. There are three different application options available. To preview a sample application, click the appropriate link in the description below. 

Grant Program

Use this application for Programs, Projects, or for General Operating. Application due dates vary based on the thematic area of funding, see below.

Preview a sample Grant Application ›

Campership Application

Use this application for summer camp scholarships. Campership requests are reviewed annually in April. The application deadline is February 20, but applicants may submit as early as December to meet the application deadline.

Preview a sample Campership Application

Capital Application

Use this application for Construction or Technology Projects over $50,000. Funding may not be requested for endowments. Capital requests are considered annually in October with decisions communicated before the end of the year. Applications should be submitted by July 30.

Please note: The Foundation seldom participates in capital campaigns, and then only with organizations with whom the Foundation has had a long relationship.

Preview a sample Capital Application

Reviews and Notification

Applications are reviewed by the Board the last Thursday of the month, with exceptions due to holiday conflicts. The Board does not meet in July, September, or November. The grant review process can take up to three months, and applicants are notified by email after the Board’s decision. 

Monthly Thematic Areas of Funding

The Board of Directors considers grant requests not only by the Foundation’s Four Areas of Funding, but also by monthly Thematic Areas of Funding. Please see below to identify which month most closely matches the theme of your organization’s work and note the corresponding application deadline. If the due date for your thematic area has past, please wait to apply until the next year’s application has been posted.  This is usually done by the end of October.

MonthThemeApplication Deadline
JanuaryCatholic School Programs, Eldercare, Evangelism and PrayerDecember 5
FebruaryYouth Programs and Youth WelfareJanuary 4
MarchCounseling, MentoringFebruary 1
AprilCampershipFebruary 20
AprilComprehensive Community Programs (Invite Only), Illness, Senior AssistanceMarch 5
MayPregnancy and Life, Supportive Housing ServicesApril 2
JuneFood Security, Literacy, People with DisabilitiesMay 7
AugustFree and Low-Cost Care, Job TrainingJune 25
OctoberCapital Requests
Note: The Foundation seldom participates in capital campaigns, and then only with organizations with whom the Foundation has had a long relationship.
July 30
OctoberRestorative Justice, University, VolunteerismAugust 13
DecemberChaplains, Seminaries, Support for ReligiousOctober 15

Information & Tips

Site visits are a regular part of the evaluation process. An applicant may be contacted by Foundation staff to arrange a visit that may last about an hour.

First-time Applicants

  • Read carefully through our Grant Eligibility & Application Information above.
  • Click on the Begin Application button at the bottom of the page.
  • Enter your email address and desired password and click Create New Account.
  • Follow the directions to create a new account for your organization. An account is required to apply for a grant.
  • Once account creation is complete, you will see the word Apply in the menu bar at the top of the screen. Click to begin a new application.

Returning Applicants

  • Click on the Begin Application button at the bottom of the page.
  • Login to your account and 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.

Work is automatically saved every 20 minutes but may also be saved manually by clicking Save as Draft at the bottom of the application page. Save as Draft allows applicants to log off and log back in to continue working later.

To withdraw an application, please contact us with the name of your organization, the name of the application you wish to abandon, and state that you wish to withdraw your submission. Applications left as a draft for over 60 days will automatically be abandoned.

Finalizing Upload

Documents will not appear as uploaded until the Save button is clicked.

File Size

There are size limitations to documents for uploads. The document maximum size is specified near the upload button. Document size can be decreased by compressing files or removing pictures/graphics before uploading.

Deleting or Replacing Uploads

To change/replace an upload, click Upload, then Browse; choose your new application file and click Save. The old document will be overwritten. 

Uploading Multiple Documents

Only one document upload is allowed per question. If you have multiple files, combine them into one document before uploading.


PDF is the recommended file format, although Word or Excel may also be submitted.

or Login to Your Existing Account


Please contact us with any questions you have about the application process.


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