We support capital projects, expansion of programs that are promising or part of a larger effort, piloting new models, and systems change initiatives.
We prioritize support for organizations that strengthen the resiliency of under-resourced communities in Los Angeles County. We place a special emphasis on projects that focus on children and youth from low-income families and special needs populations, including the developmentally disabled, foster children, and homeless families.
The Southern California Program’s process consists of an optional Concept Review, an Application, and an invitation-only Site Visit.
Please keep in mind the Southern California Program’s areas of
interest and funding guidelines:
We award grants semi-annually in June and December.
*If either date falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the deadline is 4:30pm (PT) the following Monday.
Our semi-annual Concept Review process provides the opportunity to confirm your organization’s eligibility and receive feedback from Foundation staff on up to three (3) project ideas. While participation in the Concept Review is not a prerequisite for applying to the Southern California Program, it is strongly encouraged. Please see the Eligibility Requirements section at the end of this page for more details or download our Eligibility Checklist.
The Concept Review process starts in the W. M. Keck Foundation online portal. The portal is open for this process from October 1 until November 15 for our June grant cycle and from April 1 until May 15 for our December grant cycle. We allow one submission per organization per cycle. Once your Concept Paper is received, staff will respond within four weeks.
When preparing the Concept Paper, please keep in mind the Southern California Program’s areas of interest and funding guidelines. Concept Papers must not exceed two (2) pages and may contain the descriptions of up to three (3) proposed projects. The following details must be included for each proposed project:
Eligible organizations may submit one application per grant cycle to the Southern California Program. We will not accept applications after the deadline. For the June grant cycle, applications are due January 5th by 4:30pm (PT),and for the December grant cycle, applications are due July 5th by 4:30 pm (PT). We appreciate early submissions. Your organization will receive an email receipt confirming that we have received the application. At any point during the application process, your organization may withdraw the application without prejudice to future requests.
The Foundation will notify applicants whether they are invited to the site visit phase. Please do not contact the Foundation to check on the status of an application.
The Application Checklist is available for download as a PDF .
*All tax-exempt documentation and audited financial statements must be in the same, current, and full legal name of the qualifying organization. Please refer to the Foundation’s Eligibility Requirements at the end of this page for more information.
After we review your completed application, we will notify you whether or not you are invited to a Site Visit. The Site Visit is by invitation only. You must submit all requested documents for this phase by:
If either date falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the deadline is 4:30pm (PT) on the following Monday.
We will conduct Site Visits during the periods listed below. Details on dates and times will be provided in the invitation letter.
An Eligibility Checklist is available to download as a PDF.
Organizations must be headquartered in Southern California. The Foundation may also consider national or statewide organizations with an independent affiliate or local chapter or local office in Southern California for projects that benefit communities within Los Angeles County.
All tax-exempt documentation, audited financial statements and the Form 990 must be in the same, current and full name of the qualifying organization.
The management and fiscal condition of an institution is taken into account when reviewing an institution for eligibility.
Grant agreements will be deemed to have been entered into in the County of Los Angeles, State of California; and, California law will apply to the interpretation and enforcement of the grant provisions.
Please feel free to contact the Foundation in advance to check eligibility and tax requirements.