Doheny Foundation Grant Program

Carrie Estelle Doheny Foundation

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Grant amount: Up to US $100,000

Next deadline: Mar 8, 2020

Later deadlines: Apr 6, 2020, May 11, 2020, Jun 15, 2020, Aug 1, 2020, Aug 15, 2020, Oct 15, 2020, Dec 15, 2020, Jan 15, 2021, Feb 7, 2021, Feb 22, 2021

Applicant type: Nonprofit

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

Location of project: Los Angeles County, California

Location of residency: Preferred: Los Angeles County, California Other eligible locations: United States

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About the Foundation

Through a gift of thirty million dollars, Carrie Estelle Doheny formed the Foundation in 1949 with the intention of furthering the charitable causes she cared about most for generations to come. Mrs. Doheny was a resident of Central Los Angeles for over forty years and her heart lay with the people of the City who were suffering, as well as those who were working towards a brighter future.

Mrs. Doheny, a devout Roman Catholic, shared her fortune generously and lived a life of Christian service, ministering directly to the homeless and sick and weaving clothes for those in need. With the help of her friend and spiritual adviser, Fr. William G. Ward, C.M., Mrs. Doheny laid out a framework for how the Foundation would run and the good work and projects it would support.


The Foundation funds approximately 300 organizations each year. The majority of these organizations have a historical relationship with the Foundation of more than ten years. In a given year, the Board approves only a few new organizations for funding. The Foundation seldom participates in capital campaigns, and then only with organizations with whom the Foundation has a long relationship.

The Board believes that reoccurring funding for organizations that are extremely well-aligned with Mrs. Doheny’s mandate is a better use of the Foundation’s resources than one-time funding for many different non-profits. Please consider this when allocating time spent on the application.

Mission & Mandate - Five Areas of Funding

Within each area of funding, the Foundation seeks those programs that recognize the individual dignity and spiritual needs of the people served, as well as their capacity to become tomorrow’s mentors and community leaders.

Educational funding - includes support of inner city Catholic schools and scholarship funds for Catholic high schools and universities. Schools receiving the scholarship funds are evaluated both on academic excellence and their curriculum requirements for community outreach. Adult education programs and religious education are also supported.

Medical funding - focused in two areas: research and care of the disadvantaged. Research funding is primarily directed to the work of the Doheny Eye Institute and other causes which were of interest to Mrs. Doheny. Funding of hospitals and convalescent care facilities is an attempt to bring quality care to those who are otherwise underserved.

Religious funding - directed to support the evangelization and mission-based work of the Roman Catholic community, as well as local faith-based organizations inspired and guided by similar gospel values. Grants in this area have been awarded to religious orders, projects of the Archdiocese, retreat centers, outreach programs, and involvement in social justice issues that guard the value of every human being.

Health and Welfare funding - directed to organizations who assist individuals to lead independent, satisfying lives. Specific areas of interest include programs serving the disabled, foster children, seniors and pregnant women.

Aid to Those In Need funding - includes non-profits that serve those who are vulnerable in our society. Organizations that meet critical needs such as food and shelter, as well as programs that empower and inspire young people in underserved communities, are encouraged to apply. The Foundation also strongly supports initiatives to advance literacy and economic self-reliance.

Carrie Estelle Doheny Foundation Grant Program

Select for Programs, Projects or for General Operating. 

NOTE: THEMATIC AREAS OF FUNDING: The Board of Directors considers requests by Thematic Areas of Funding. Please review the list below to determine which month most closely matches the theme of your organization’s work or request, then note the corresponding application deadline.

  • January themes: Evangelism and Prayer, Eldercare, Catholic Elementary School Education-Related Programs (application deadline December 15)
  • February themes: Youth Programs, Youth Welfare (application deadline January 15)
  • March themes: Mentoring, Counseling, Catholic High School Education (application deadline February 7)
  • April themes: Multi-Service, Illness, Senior Assistance (application deadline March 8) and Camperships (application deadline February 22)
  • May themes: Shelter, Pregnancy and Life (application deadline April 6)
  • June themes: Hunger, Literacy, Physically Challenged (application deadline May 11)
  • August themes: Job Training, Medicine (application deadline June 15)
  • October themes: Volunteerism, Catholic University Education, Restorative Justice Ministry, Research (application deadline August 15) and Capital Requests (application deadline August 1)
  • Note: The Foundation seldom participates in capital campaigns, and then only with organizations with whom the Foundation has had a long relationship.
  • December themes: Support for the Religious, Seminaries, Chaplains (application deadline October 15)

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


  • Only organizations that are currently registered as section 501(c)(3) with the Internal Revenue Service will be considered.
  • Funding is generally limited to Los Angeles and adjacent surrounding areas.
    • In some instances Los Angeles programs of organizations headquartered elsewhere may be funded.
  • Organizations may only apply once a year.


  • Grant requests are not considered for publishing of books, television or radio programs or production, travel funds, advertisement, individual scholarship, political purposes in any form, or endowments.
  • The Foundation does not fund work that is done outside of the United States.