Education – Policy, Technical Assistance, Engagement & Research

California Community Foundation

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Grant amount: US $50,000 - US $150,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Research, Applied 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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NOTE: If you feel your organization aligns with our objectives, contact the appropriate program officer to arrange a phone meeting to discuss your organization and programs. Please do not submit a letter of intent (LOI) without first having a conversation with a program officer, who can help determine if your organization is a fit with CCF’s strategies and shape your approach.


The California Community Foundation is seeking letters of interest for grants supporting work in education policy, technical assistance, parent & student engagement and research. Please also review our overall education strategy before deciding to submit.

Education grants range from $50,000 to $150,000 over two years. An applicant should submit a request for any amount it deems appropriate based on the needs of the agency. CCF reserves the right to alter the grant award based on available resources. Applicants are not eliminated from funding due solely to the amount of the request.

Strategies & Outcomes

  • K-12 or postsecondary policy analysis, white papers or policy briefs focused on identifying systemic barriers and set of policy/systems solutions for equitable education systems (with an emphasis on key areas such as: LCFF transparency, English language learner achievement, access to college preparatory coursework, K-12/higher education alignment, improving college advising, closing college attainment gaps, etc.) for the Los Angeles County region.
  • Educational technical assistance providers focused on improving English Learner achievement through continuous improvement methodologies and networks of schools.
  • Parent and student engagement efforts to develop and build the leadership skills of parents and students so they can become stronger advocates for English Learner achievement and/or improved college affordability and closing college completion gaps.
  • Research exploring student-centered, deeper learning strategies (contextually relevant, socio-emotional development, project-based learning, portfolio assessment) at schools and districts across LA county that are closing achievement and opportunity gaps.

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


  • Eligible organizations are:
    • Nonprofit agencies with evidence of tax-exempt status under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and not classified as a private foundation
    • Located within and primarily serving residents of Los Angeles County, except for regional, statewide or national public policy efforts that may benefit a substantial portion of the local population
    • Operated and organized so that they do not discriminate in the hiring of staff or in providing services on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin or disability


  • CCF prioritizes organizations with an office in Los Angeles County.
    • While we have funded advocacy organizations that served L.A. County, but are primarily headquartered in Sacramento and D.C., we have found that local community issues have a better chance of being addressed long term by those who are deeply embedded in the local community.


  • Grants cannot be used for:
    • an annual fundraising campaign
    • the direct assistance of an individual
    • the sponsorship of a one-time, special event
    • an endowment
    • existing obligations, or to replenish other resources used to pay for such expenses
    • equipment other than what could be considered integral to accomplishing a stated organizational objective
    • sectarian purposes, i.e., programs that promote or require a religious doctrine
  • Grants cannot be used to:
    • fund or support political organizations or campaigns
    • fund feature films, documentaries and/or video projects