Drown Foundation Grant

Joseph Drown Foundation

Grant amount: US $15,000 - US $100,000

Next deadline: Oct 15, 2018

Later deadlines: Jan 15, 2019, Apr 15, 2019, Jul 15, 2019

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

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

Location of project: Los Angeles County, California

Location of residency: Los Angeles County, California

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Drown Foundation Grant

The Joseph Drown Foundation was formed in 1953 to provide an organized means for its founder, Joseph Warford Drown, to make charitable gifts during his lifetime and to have the Foundation continue making grants upon his death.

Joseph Drown, whose life spanned the period of 1906 to 1982, was active in the hotel industry from his early 20's until the end of his career. He started as an employee, then in management and subsequently ownership. His prize ownership, which he personally developed in 1945, was the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles. He also employed his business skills in the acquisition and operation of numerous other businesses and properties.

The Foundation attempts to reflect directly the interests of Joseph Drown by focusing its resources on the areas which particularly concerned him. These include education, medical and scientific research; community, health and social services and, to a lesser degree, the arts and humanities. 

The Foundation's goal is to assist individuals in becoming successful, self-sustaining, contributing citizens. The Foundation is interested in programs that break down any barrier that prevents a person from continuing to grow and learn. 

Focus Areas


Education is the primary focus of the Foundation. The Foundation supports education programs in K-12, at both public and private schools, that seek to solve the existing problems in Los Angeles area schools. These grants for education reform can be made directly to the schools or to independent organizations which are closely involved with this issue. In addition, the Foundation provides funds to private secondary schools, colleges and universities for student financial assistance, in the form of both scholarships and loan programs. 

Community, Health & Social Services

The Foundation is committed to improving the quality of life in the local community. The Foundation supports programs that encourage all individuals to reach their fullest potential. The best chance a young person has to reach that goal is to stay in school, inside a functioning family, and outside the juvenile justice system. To that end, the Foundation supports programs that deal with issues such as the high drop-out rate, lack of sufficient health care, substance abuse and violence. In addition, the Foundation will consider programs that address poverty issues and assist the economically disadvantaged. Programs aimed at solutions to or the prevention of these problems are favored. Although the Foundation recognizes the importance of Community, Health, and Social Services, it is not the Foundation's primary funding focus.

Medical & Scientific Research

The Foundation does make grants for medical and scientific research, but these are initiated by the Foundation. Unsolicited applications are not accepted.

Arts & Humanities

Although it is not the emphasis of the Foundation, grants are made for the arts and humanities and are made primarily for outreach and education programs.

Special Projects

The Foundation may initiate grants for projects of interest to the Board which are related to the mission of the Foundation but which fall outside its established areas of interest or geographic limitations. The emphasis upon individual categories might vary in any given year and exceptions to these guidelines may occur at the discretion of the Foundation.

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  • All applicants other than government institutions must have 501(c)(3) designation.
  • New organizations that do not yet have audited financial statements or a Form 990 may send unaudited information.
  • The Foundation makes grants for both operating support and program support, but does not make multi-year commitments. Organizations may receive funding up to four years, after which they must take a two-year hiatus.
  • Most of our grant making is limited to programs or organizations in Los Angeles County.


  • Favor is given to those programs directed at talented middle income students who are unable to obtain assistance from sources specifically available to low income students.


  • The Foundation does not provide funds to individuals, endowments, capital campaigns or building funds.
  • The Foundation does not underwrite annual meetings, conferences or special events, nor does it fund religious programs or purchase tickets to fundraising events.

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