Organization-Strengthening Resources: Grants

Foundation Directory Online                                                                                                      FREE
FDO is an extensive database from The Foundation Center, offering information on all 140,000 U.S. foundations, 90% of whom have no website. FDO is available at the Center for Nonprofit Management (members only); Pasadena Library La Pintoresca BranchSanta Monica Library Main Branch;  Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research; and The Nonprofit Partnership (members only, appointment required).

The Grantsmanship Center                                                                                                         $200 or $300/person
TGC offers Project Grantsmanship, a 5-day course in more effective program planning, grant proposal writing, & collaboration for nonprofits held quarterly. Participants from small- & mid-sized organizations (up to $10 million budget) can get up to 90% of the cost covered by sponsoring foundations.

GrantSpace                                                                                                                                        FREE
GrantSpace, a service of the Foundation Center, offers a wealth of free or inexpensive information & resources for grantseekers, including sample documents, articles, a catalog of nonprofit literature, videos, podcasts, on-demand online courses, & in-person trainings. Some resources are available in Spanish.

Halo Award                                                                                                       Deadline: apply June-July 2018
Carl & Roberta Deutsch Foundation                                                         Funding: Fall 2018
$20,000 grant to nonprofit, $5,000 to volunteer                                Grant competition
Grants, outstanding volunteer recognition, peer learning sessions, & coaching to develop a volunteer management plan.
Req’d: Nonprofits serving LA County in arts education, career & college access & retention, early childhood education, foster youth, homelessness prevention, mental health, workforce development, or veterans.

My LA2050 Grants Challenge                                                                     Deadline: apply March, vote June
Goldhirsh Foundation                                                                                    Funding: award July
$25,000, $50,000, or $100,000 grant                                                       Grant competition
Project goals: make LA the best place to Learn, Create, Play, Connect, &/or Live by 2050. Selections from both public online votes & jury votes. Judged on impact, application quality, creativity & innovation, feasibility, collaborative spirit.
Req’d: include civic participation; success measures; future plan; online application with photo, preferably with video.

Project Innovation Grants                                                                            Deadline: mid-January – early February
NBCUniversal Foundation/NBC 4/Telemundo 52                                Funding: April
$225,000 total in grants for 3-8 nonprofits                                          Grant competition
Grants to support & expand programs for nonprofits using technology & innovation to solve everyday problems in their communities. 2018 grant categories: Igniting Civic Engagement (especially using media & technology); Skills for the Digital Economy (middle-skills jobs training & adult career readiness for advanced skills programs); STEM/STEAM Youth Programming (encouraging & training for advanced careers in STEM/STEAM fields).
Req’d: online application open for 3 weeks, IRS letter, 990, audit; program in existence & in operation for at least 1 year.

Wells Fargo Community Giving                                                                 Deadline: Jan. 1- Sept. 30 (better early)
Wells Fargo Corporate Social Responsibility                                          Funding: 3 months after submission
grant amounts vary                                                                                        Grant competition
High-priority areas: Community Development (affordable housing, economic development, job training, community revitalization); Education (K-12 academic achievement, teacher/administrator support, access to technical post-secondary education); Human Services (basic needs, health/mental health access, child/youth services).
Req’d: nonprofit serving low- & moderate-income communities in Greater Los Angeles; online application.