Eisner Foundation Grant Programs

Eisner Foundation

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: Up to US $300,000

Fields of work: Senior Services Youth Services Family Services

Applicant type: Nonprofit

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

Location of project: Los Angeles County, California

Location of residency: United States

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About this funder:



The Eisner Foundation

Mission: The Eisner Foundation identifies, advocates for, and invests in high-quality and innovative programs that unite multiple generations for the betterment of our communities.

Vision: A just, inclusive, and thriving society comprised of generations working together for the benefit of all.

The Eisner Foundation supports organizations offering intergenerational solutions to society’s greatest challenges.

Intergenerational solutions...

  • include more than one generation actively involved
  • are beneficial to all parties
  • make communities stronger

Types of Support

We offer the following:

  • General Operating Grants - Unrestricted funds that support the general operations of an organization.
  • Project Support Grants - Funds that are designated to a specific project carried out by the organization.
  • Capacity-Building Grants - Funds that are for board and staff development, technological assistance and upgrades, and strategic planning.
  • Capital Project Grants - Funds specifically for the purpose of purchasing, renovating, or construction of facilities.
  • Opportunity Grants - smaller organizations or larger organizations launching new intergenerational initiatives, grants up to $25,000.

Grants typically range from $100,000 to $300,000, and can be single or muti-year grants. 

Opportunity Grants

This program aims to help smaller organizations grow and gain credibility, and to encourage organizations to be innovative and entrepreneurial in developing new intergenerational solutions. These grants are available for one-year terms, and are renewable for small organizations. Large organizations with successful initiatives may apply for additional grant funds after one year, but cannot renew an Opportunity Grants.


When evaluating organizations as potential philanthropic partners, we focus on the following criteria:

Efficiency: The Eisner Foundation believes that charities have a responsibility to their donors, the taxpaying public, and the people they serve to operate as efficiently as possible. We generally fund organizations that allocate at least 75% of their operating expenses directly to their programs, whatever they may be. In line with this, we benchmark organizations against their peers, and compare the efficiencies of charities with similar missions and geographical locations.

Effectiveness: The Eisner Foundation seeks organizations who have demonstrated success, and have measurable patterns of achievement that can be used to benchmark future accomplishments. Organizations unable to show proven past results are less likely to garner Eisner Foundation support.

Exceptional Leadership: The Eisner Foundation believes that in the nonprofit world, great organizations require great leadership. In a crowded marketplace with many redundant charities, visionary and extraordinary management usually leads those that succeed. We seek organizations with exceptional leadership teams, and are more likely to approve a proposal from institutions led by true innovators.

Expected Outcomes: The Eisner Foundation is not interested in vanity philanthropy designed to bring attention to the founding family or its work. Our goal is to ally with institutions that create long-term solutions that eliminate societal problems, not merely alleviate the symptoms. As a result, we evaluate organizations on their understanding of working conditions, and their expectations on the impact work that has been enabled by our funding. We are actively seeking charities that can produce specific, objective, and measurable outcomes that can be assessed and documented externally.

For Opportunity Grant applicant organizations that have been in existence less than three years, our review will focus on leadership and expertise or special understanding of issues related to the sector in which the program operates.

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


  • Tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations based in Los Angeles County or doing work that benefits populations in Los Angeles County are eligible to apply.
  • Organizations that are declined must wait one full year before reapplying to the Foundation.
  • Organization that received a past grant from The Eisner Foundation are still eligible to apply for a grant, but must wait until the period for which you received funding has passed.


  • No grant is approved without a site visit, even if the organization has received funding from The Eisner Foundation previously.
  • Organizations unable to show proven past results are less likely to garner Eisner Foundation support.
  • Opportunity Grants are non-renewable.