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.
To that end, the foundation welcomes applications for its Southern California Program. Through the program, grants ranging between $100,000 and $1 million (though typically under $500,000) will be awarded to projects with the potential 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 in the areas of arts and culture, civic and community services, early childhood and pre-collegiate education, and health care. The foundation encourages projects that address compelling problems and have the potential to have a significant impact on the target population, organization, region, and/or field. Special emphasis is placed on projects that focus on children and youth from low-income families and special-needs populations.
Applicants are strongly urged to contact foundation staff in advance of submitting a Phase 1 application. If the organization meets all the criteria on the Eligible Institutions page, they should call the Southern California Program Coordinator at 213-612-2038 to discuss next steps. Program staff may request a concept paper about the project, and if a consultation is recommended, it will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis during the pre-application counseling period between July 1 and August 15, 2020.
Phase I applications are due November 1. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a Phase 2 proposal.
To be eligible, candidates must be pursuing a project in Los Angeles County and be tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. In addition, organizations must be headquartered in Southern California or be a national or statewide organization with an independent affiliate or local chapter or office in Southern California serving communities in Los Angeles County.
See the W. M. Keck Foundation Website for complete program guidelines, application instructions, and abstracts of previously funded projects.