The W.M. Keck Foundation was established in 1954 by William Myron Keck, founder of the Superior Oil Company, with the goal of generating far-reaching benefits for humanity.
The foundation currently is accepting applications to its Southern California Program, which seeks to promote the education and healthy development of children and youth, strengthen families, and enhance the lives of people in the greater Los Angeles area. The program supports organizations that provide arts and cultural enrichment, civic and community services, early childhood and pre-collegiate education, and health care. The foundation encourages projects that address compelling issues and have the potential to have a significant impact on the target population, organization, region, and/or field. Priority will be given to projects focused on children and youth from low-income families, special-needs populations, and safety-net services.
In the past, grants awarded through the program have ranged from $100,000 to $1 million but have typically been under $500,000. The foundation supports collaborative initiatives.
Eligible candidates include nonprofit organizations pursuing relevant projects in Los Angeles County, including colleges and universities. National organizations that have an independent affiliate or local chapter or office in Southern California also are eligible.
Letters of Intent are due May 1, 2019. After a review, selected applicants will be asked to submit a full proposal by August 15, 2019.
See the W. M. Keck Foundation website for program guidelines, application instructions, and examples of previously funded projects.