How to Apply
Great leadership makes a difference. That’s why investing in the nonprofit sector’s most precious asset - its people - is among the Annenberg Foundation’s highest priorities. In addition to applying for a community grant, nonprofits in the Greater Los Angeles region with budgets of $5 million or less are also encouraged to learn more about Annenberg Alchemy, our free nonprofit leadership training.
Although your work may fall within one of our funding priorities, due to finite resources and a very competitive process, the Foundation is unable to support every worthwhile program.
Regions We Fund
The Annenberg Foundation places the highest priority on nonprofits working with underserved constituents in the Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties (see map). Organizations that serve the Greater Los Angeles region but are headquartered elsewhere can apply for a grant. The Foundation does not consider support to organizations, initiatives, or projects that fall outside of this area, including national or international requests.
Community Grantmaking Commitment to Equity and Diversity
The Annenberg Foundation is an equal opportunity employer committed to the core values of equity, diversity, responsiveness, accessibility, equality, inclusion, and fairness. We consider our staff’s wide range of experiences, backgrounds, and perspectives to be a critical piece of our organization’s culture.
Thus, we believe an organization’s impact and performance is greatly enhanced when people from different backgrounds and perspectives are engaged in an organization’s activities and decision-making processes.
In this spirit, the Foundation is now requesting demographic information from applicants seeking grant support from the Community Grantmaking program. This includes questions about the composition of the applicants’ board, staff, and those served.
Please note that the Annenberg Foundation imposes no requirements regarding the demographic makeup of any organization’s workforce, board, or constituency. Responses to this questionnaire are used primarily to learn more about the grants we issue and the communities served, with the ultimate goal of increasing the number of grants serving diverse populations, and promoting our organizational goals of diversity and equity. We will review this information periodically to determine whether different steps should be taken in order to further these goals. While information provided may be considered in making decisions regarding grant applications, no particular response will be used for any such decision, nor will any information provided disqualify the organization from receiving a grant.
If you have any questions about this questionnaire, please contact us at [email protected]
Community Grantmaking Criteria
We give priority to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations serving the five-county region of Great Los Angeles that are well-integrated into the fabric of the communities they serve. In addition, we evaluate whether an organization has established best practices as it relates to diversity, financial sustainability, infrastructure, board governance, staff development, programs & services, collaboration and networks with peers.
Grants are for one year and range from $10,000 to a maximum of $100,000.
Typically, general operating support grants are not greater than ten percent of the total organization budget.
Organizations with budgets greater than $10 million are ineligible for general operating support, but can apply for project support. Organizations with budgets less than $10 million are eligible for either project or general operating support.
What We Fund
The Foundation generally awards grants in the following programmatic areas:
- Arts, Culture & Humanities
- Civic & Community Development
- Health & Human Services
- Some consideration is also given to the areas of Animal Welfare and Military Veterans
What We Don’t Fund
- Capital campaigns / Building construction and equipment
- Multi-year commitments
- Grants to individuals
- Grants to school districts, individual schools, universities or hospitals
- Grants for medical research, treatment projects, and disease-specific associations
- Grants to public agencies
- Grants to faith-based or religious organizations that proselytize
- Grants for one-time events, conferences, festivals, concerts, workshops, or summer camps
- Grants for research, film projects, media, and publications
- Grants for start-ups or support for new projects in the LA region. Consideration is given to organizations or projects that have been operating for at least three (3) years
- Grants that fall outside the guidelines set by the Board of Directors
The Application Process
We accept proposals on a rolling basis. We know how valuable your time is, and we understand the time commitment involved in completing a grant application. As a result, the Annenberg Foundation is committed to responding to your grant request in a timely manner. We’ve provided these detailed steps to help you expedite your submission.
CURRENT AND RETURNING GRANTEES: Grants are generally awarded for a one-year grant period. Returning grantees are eligible to reapply for funding after the current grant period ends, and the final report is submitted to and approved by the Foundation. Nonprofits that have received two consecutive grants must wait twelve months from the end of their second grant period before applying for a new grant.
Download a copy of our Grantmaking Guidelines
The Grantmaking Guidelines will help you understand how the Annenberg Foundation will assess your proposal. Our online grant application asks questions specifically related to these guidelines. Make sure to address each of the aspects of our guidelines in your proposal.
Download a reference copy of our online grant application, our required documents checklist
Our online grant application asks questions about leadership, governance, and the constituents served that may require input from your leadership team. We highly recommend that you carefully review the reference copy of the online application and guidelines and prepare all required documents prior to starting the application process. Please note the word limits for some of the responses. The checklist will provide you with a description of the required documents.
Download the required templates
We have provided templates that we require as part of our application. Please complete, save, and be prepared to upload these documents. Proposals must be submitted utilizing these templates. Otherwise, they will be considered incomplete and will not be accepted.
- Diversity Questionnaire
- Board Give & Get Template
- Private Funding Sources Template
- Budget Template - You will note that the Budget Template includes one tab for Organizational Budget information and a second tab for Project Budget information. The Project Budget tab is not required for requests for general operating support. If you are requesting support for a specific project/program, both tabs must be completed.
Be prepared to upload the following required documents as part of your application utilizing your own templates:
- Organizational Chart
- Audited Financials or
- Unaudited Financial Statements (for organizations with a budget under $2 million)
- Be sure you upload your most recently completed fiscal year IRS Form 990 to GuideStar.
Step 5: Proceed to the online application
If you are unable to complete the proposal in one sitting, you have the ability to save the form and return to complete it at a later time. To save the proposal, please click the “save & finish later” button at the bottom of the page. When returning to complete the form, please use the personal log-in link you received via email when your account was established. You will receive an email confirming the Annenberg Foundation’s receipt of your application.
Please note that changes have been made to the application. If you started an application before July 13, 2016, you may submit the previously started application. Please use the personal log-in link you received via email when this account was created. If you return using the link on this website, your information will not be accessible.
Visit the following link to create an account and complete the online application:
When Will You Hear From Us?
If your proposal passes our initial review, you will receive a phone call from the Annenberg Foundation’s program team. Also, a site visit may be scheduled. Neither of these steps is an indication of funding. The Annenberg Foundation will communicate a decision about your proposal when the programmatic review and due diligence process is complete. Grant decisions are subject to Board-adopted guidelines and approval.
If you have questions related to our grant guidelines, submitting a grant application or other issues, please email us at [email protected] or call (213) 403-3110.