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Of Current Interest 

Keck Foundation Gives $20 million to UCLA

A $20 million gift to UCLA will fund competitive biomedical research grants and support the renovation of the UCLA Medical Plaza, one of Southern California’s busiest outpatient care centers. The gift brings the W.M. Keck Foundation’s total giving to UCLA to $55 million, and its giving to University of California campuses to more than $165 million.

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Upcoming Counseling Advice Period

Counseling advice on Phase I Application submissions for the November 1, 2019 deadline will take place only between July 1 and August 15. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their ideas for grants in the form of a single-page concept paper. For a complete list of the Foundation’s concept paper guidelines and process and important dates and deadlines:

Grant Cycle Timeline

Concept Paper Guidelines


Impact Story: Predicting Catalyst Selectivity

The laboratory of Dr. Scott Denmark at the University of Illinois has developed a new, computationally-guided workflow that can accelerate the identification and optimization of catalysts.  A Keck grant made in 2013 has realized its primary goal of leveraging the power of informatics (machine learning) to guide the optimization of certain types of catalysis in organic synthesis.

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Special Grants: Disaster Relief

In December 2018, in the wake of the devastating California wildfires, the Foundation's Board of Directors and Members decided to award special grants of $500,000 each to Direct Relief and the California Community Foundation's Wildfire Relief Fund for their rebuilding efforts.

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Annual Reports

2017: At the Interface

The theme for this year's report is "interface" - the place at which independent and often unrelated systems meet and act on or communicate with each other.


2016: Looking in On Nature

The 2016 annual report highlights promising new technologies, instrumentation and methodologies being designed to study the natural world at entirely new levels.


2015: Learning

The 2015 annual report highlights our investments in education.  Since the Foundation's inception, we have made gifts totaling nearly $125 million to local institutions that promote quality education from early childhood through the college undergraduate level.  This report explores how the Foundation has invested in local schools and programs with grants that support diverse strategies to transform learning experiences.

Policy Updates

Undergraduate Education Grantmaking Change

Effective May 2, 2019, the Foundation will no longer accept Undergraduate Education Program grant applications.  We will continue to support Undergraduate Education through transformative special projects.


Reporting Requirements

In accepting an award from the W.M. Keck Foundation, all grantees agree to comply with the Foundation's reporting requirements.  As of the July 31, 2019 deadline, all grantees must submit reports through the Foundation's online system.  Please click on the link below for the latest information:  

Reporting Requirements



Our Mission

Far-Reaching Benefits

The W. M. Keck Foundation seeks to generate far-reaching benefits for humanity by supporting pioneering discoveries in science, engineering and medicine, and organizations that enrich the lives of children, youth and families.

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