The Lawrence Foundation in Santa Monica, California, is a private family foundation that makes grants in the areas of the environment, education, human services, and other causes.
The foundation awards both program and operating support grants to nonprofit organizations that qualify for tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, as well as public schools and libraries, without geographic restriction. The foundation receives more than a thousand grant requests a year and only funds about 5 percent (number, not dollars) of the requests it receives.
International charitable organizations, private foundations, for-profit businesses, individuals, churches, and religious, charter, and magnet schools are not eligible to apply for a grant from the foundation. In addition, grants are not awarded for computer or audiovisual equipment purchases or for music or garden programs (or related equipment). Also ineligible for funding are programs and equipment for physical education, recreation, theater performance, hospices or old age homes, political lobbying activities, and voter registration, as well as dinners, balls, and other ticketed events.
For eligibility and application guidelines as well as a list of previous grant recipients, see the Lawrence Foundation website.