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Grant Guidelines

Below please find the Weingart Foundation’s Grant Guidelines. We strongly suggest you first read the Foundation’s FY 2018 Program Plan and Working with the Weingart Foundation before reviewing the Grant Guidelines. This will provide you with a greater context and understanding of our current strategic grantmaking priorities.

General Grant Focus

The Weingart Foundation seeks to achieve inclusion and opportunity for all Southern Californians, especially for those who have historically been excluded due to their income level, race, gender, immigration status, disability, age, sexual orientation, or zip code. To achieve this goal, the Foundation’s grantmaking program and other support are 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.

The Foundation is committed to supporting organizations at all different levels of developing their capacity and infrastructure, as we know that many organizations providing critical services in low-income communities are small and under-resourced. There is a need to build the capacity of these organizations in order to expand opportunity and strengthen civil society in the communities they serve.

Equity Lens

In addition to the guidelines outlined below for each of our program strategies, the Foundation will first assess letters of inquiry and grant applications using an equity lens. Therefore, priority will be given to organizations that engage in at least one of the following strategies as part of their core work:

  • Address a critical need for a historically marginalized population or community;
  • Build cross-sector coalitions, networks and/or movements to advance positive change and build public will for greater equity;
  • Promote youth and grassroots leadership development and civic engagement for individuals from under-resourced communities and those historically under-represented;
  • Engage in system or policy change aimed at addressing the root causes of inequity through community organizing and advocacy;
  • Promote local leadership and leaders of color; 
  • Engage in multi-racial organizing and coalition building;
  • Implement strategies to improve community capacity and advance sustainable economic growth; and
  • Strengthen the capacity of smaller grassroots organizations located in low-income communities focused on advancing social and economic equity.

Geographic Area of Grant Focus

The Weingart Foundation supports organizations working in the following six Southern California counties: Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, and Ventura.

In addition, the following communities are areas of designated focus: Southeast Los Angeles County and South Los Angeles. For more information, please click here.


The Weingart Foundation offers the following types of grants:

Special Issue Areas

As a complement to our responsive grantmaking, the Weingart Foundation has also identified two Special Issue Areas: 1) Housing for homeless and low-income individuals, and 2) Immigrant integration. Funding will be provided either through the Unrestricted Operating Support program, the Special Opportunity Fund, or the Program Related Investment Fund, depending on the nature of the request. Organizations interested in submitting requests are encouraged to seek the guidance of our program staff prior to submitting a letter of inquiry. For information on our goals and funding strategies for these Special Issue Areas, click here.

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.