Our Grantmaking

Grant Guidelines

Below please find the Weingart Foundation’s grant guidelines. We strongly suggest you first read the Foundation’s FY 2019 and FY 2020 Program Plan before reviewing these guidelines. This will provide you with a greater context and understanding of our current strategic grantmaking priorities.

General Grant Focus

The Weingart Foundation’s grantmaking is based on our commitment to building a Southern California where inclusion, opportunity and well-being are available to all people—a place where diversity is celebrated and justice flourishes. We strive to advance racial, social and economic justice for all, particularly for those who have historically been excluded due to their race, income level, gender, religion, immigration status, disability, age, sexual orientation, or zip code.

Realizing this vision requires community-driven solutions and strong community-based organizations. Therefore, the Foundation’s grantmaking is designed to strengthen the capacity and effectiveness of nonprofit organizations, collaboratives, and coalitions working to meet essential needs, expand opportunity and eliminate structural barriers to equity.

Who We Fund

The Foundation supports nonprofit organizations, collaboratives, and coalitions that provide quality essential direct services in the areas of human services, health and education for individuals and communities facing the greatest barriers to opportunity and inclusion. Equally important, we also support those engaged in community organizing, advocacy, civic engagement and other movement building activities to achieve positive social change.

Recognizing the importance of grassroots organizations, the Foundation supports nonprofits of various sizes and at different levels of developing their capacity and infrastructure.

Baseline Criteria

In addition to the specific guidelines outlined for each type of grant, all applicants must meet the following baseline criteria to be considered for grant funding:

  • Works in one of the following six Southern California counties: Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, and Ventura;

  • Mission and work effectively addresses an essential human service, health, or education need for individuals and communities most impacted by economic, racial and social injustice. Specifically, this applies to those who have historically faced the greatest barriers to opportunity and inclusion due to their race, income level, gender, religion, immigration status, disability, age, sexual orientation, or zip code;

  • Has an established track-record that can demonstrate positive impact and progress toward desired goals;

  • Operates as part of a larger ecosystem, engaging in meaningful partnerships, collaborations, coalitions, or networks to leverage resources and increase the impact of their work to advance shared community goals;

  • Programs, services and core activities are culturally and linguistically responsive to the needs of those served;

  • Meaningfully engages clients, constituents and individuals most impacted by inequities to inform the organization’s work and decision making; and

  • Demonstrates a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion in governance, staffing, organizational practices and collaborative relationships.

Funding Opportunities

The Foundation primarily makes multi-year Unrestricted Operating Support (UOS) grants. UOS is our main vehicle for building the capacity and effectiveness of nonprofits, collaboratives and coalitions that are working to achieve equity in our most under-resourced communities. In addition to UOS and on a select basis, the Foundation also provides support through our Special Opportunity and our Program Related Investment funds. For organizations that meet the baseline criteria listed above, the Foundation offers several grant opportunites. Please review the complete guidelines for each grant opportunity you are considering applying for via the links below.

We strongly suggest you first read the Foundation’s Working with the Weingart Foundation page before submitting a letter of inquiry. For information on how to apply, click here.

Areas of Special Interest

In addition to our longstanding focus areas of human services, health, and education, the Foundation has identified several areas of special interest that we have prioritized to amplify our impact in advancing equity. Organizations seeking funding within our areas of special interest may submit letters of inquiry for Unrestricted Operating Support at any time. Organizations seeking other types of support should first contact a member of our program staff. For more information on our goals and strategies for each area of special interest, please click on the links below.

Special issue areas:

  • Housing for homeless and low-income individuals
  • Immigrant and refugee rights
  • Youth organizing
  • Census 2020
  • Leadership for movement building

Geographic areas of focus

  • South Los Angeles
  • Southeast Cities of Los Angeles County

Applicant Eligibility

An organization that is certified as tax exempt under Section 501(c) (3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code and is not a private foundation as defined in section 509(a) of that Code is eligible for consideration. The Foundation does not fund Section 509(a) (3) Type III non-functionally integrated supporting organizations.

Financial Documentation

  • Audited financial statements for the most recently completed fiscal year are required of all organizations in existence for more than five years and with operating income of $500,000 or more.
  • Organizations with annual income under $500,000 or agencies founded within the last five years must submit an independent review of their financial statements, completed by a Certified Public Accountant.
  • Applicants that cannot meet the financial documentation requirements may be eligible for an exemption on a case-by-case basis upon review of the full application.

Grant Limitations

Grants are not made:

  • To organizations that discriminate against certain groups or individuals in the delivery of programs and services on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation or disability;
  • For elections, political candidates, or political campaigns;
  • For social or political issues outside the United States;
  • To individuals;
  • For temporary exhibits, travel, surveys, films or publishing activities;
  • For endowment funds;
  • For fundraising dinners or events;
  • For animal welfare.

Grants generally are not approved for:

  • Research;
  • National organizations that do not have local chapters operating in the Foundation’s geographic area of grant focus;
  • Religious programs, or consumer interest;
  • Feasibility studies.