Ahmanson Foundation Grant

The Ahmanson Foundation

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Grant amount: US $10,000 - US $50,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program, General Operating Expense, Capital Project

Location of project: Los Angeles County, California

Location of residency: Los Angeles County, California

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About this funder:



The Ahmanson Foundation serves Los Angeles County by funding cultural projects in the arts and humanities, education at all levels, health care, programs related to homelessness and underserved populations as well as a wide range of human services.

By supporting non-profit organizations that demonstrate sound fiscal management, efficient operation, and program integrity, the Foundation strives to enhance the quality of life and cultural legacy of the Los Angeles community.

The Foundation’s philanthropic interests are in four areas:  
  • Arts and Humanities
  • Education
  • Health and Medicine
  • Human Services  
The types of funding support common to these areas include:  
  • Construction and renovations
  • Equipment and furnishings
  • Transportation vehicles
  • Technology and infrastructure
  • Software, books, supplies

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • The Foundation reviews grant requests from 501(c)(3) organizations that are not private foundations as defined in section 509(a) of the U.S. Internal Revenue code and that are based in and serving Los Angeles County.
  • Grants are made both for specific programs and for capital expenditures such as equipment purchases, construction or renovation.
    • Requests for capital support are considered after there is clear evidence that the goal of the campaign will be achieved and that it will be accomplished within a reasonable time period.
  • On occasion, the Foundation provides operational support for outstanding programs.
  • The Foundation directs its philanthropy to Los Angeles County. Rarely are exceptions made.
  • Loans and program-related investments are considered, but rarely.


  • In order to be responsive to the many needs of the Los Angeles community, the Foundation prefers to consider requests that are one-time or short-term in nature.
  • Organizations that do not submit requests on a regular or annual basis will receive preference.
  • Our highest priority is organizations based in and serving Los Angeles County.


  • Lead gifts are rarely granted.
  • Grants are not made:
    • To individuals
    • To religious organizations for sectarian or propagation of faith purposes
    • To institutions limiting their services to persons of a single religious sect or denomination
    • For propagandizing, influencing legislation and/or elections, or promoting voter registration
    • For political candidates, campaigns or organizations engaged in political activities or specific advocacy
  • Grants generally are not approved for:
    • Endowed chairs, fellowships, internships, exchanges, or individual scholarships
    • Annual campaigns or regular, ongoing operational support
    • Production of film, video or other media
    • Deficit financing, loans or debt reduction
    • Organizations that make grants to others
    • Traveling exhibits, performance underwriting, seminars, workshops, surveys, general research and development
    • Support of regional and national charities (specific diseases, national causes, etc.)
    • Fundraising or award events