How To Apply

Coming Soon…

Annenberg Foundation is committed to its priority of investing in nonprofits through our Community Grantmaking Program. In addition, we know how valuable your time is, and we understand the time commitment involved in completing a grant application. In order to create a more streamlined grantmaking process, we are excited to update you on the process of transitioning to a new grants database system, SmartSimple.

We will reopen our portal for applications in early summer.

The new system will feature a two-step process, with a Letter of Intent (LOI) and a streamlined review and approval timeline. We believe this will make it easier and quicker for you to apply, and will allow us to provide even more timely feedback on your application as well as the funding process.

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience that this transition process may cause. For questions about the Foundation’s guidelines or about the database transition process, please contact us at [email protected]. We encourage you to sign up for our newsletter and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn to receive updates on when the new system becomes live this summer.

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 Greater 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.

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.

What We Fund

The Foundation generally awards grants in the following programmatic areas:

  • Arts, Culture & Humanities
  • Civic & Community Development
  • Environment
  • Education
  • 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 are working diligently to release a new grantmaking application process to make it easier for you to apply. Please check this website for updates on when the new system goes live early this summer.


If you have questions related to our grant guidelines, please email us at [email protected] or call (213) 403-3110.