Pacific Life Foundation Grants

Pacific Life

Grant amount: US $5,000 - US $100,000

Anticipated deadline: Aug 15, 2019

Applicant type: Nonprofit

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

Location of project: Counties in California: Los Angeles County, Orange County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County, Douglas County, Nebraska Expand all

Location of residency: United States

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Every year, the Pacific Life Foundation receives more requests than it can fund. For this reason, the Foundation has established guidelines that allow it to use its resources as wisely as possible. Receiving and reviewing grant requests at a predetermined time each year provides the framework for a thorough and thoughtful grant making process.

The Pacific Life Foundation accepts grant proposals from agencies seeking funds for programs and projects in the areas o:f health and human services; education; arts and culture; and civic, community, and environment.

Annual funding of grants allows the Foundation to respond to a broad spectrum of community needs by partnering with nonprofit agencies that serve a large geographic area, usually consisting of more than one city or community.

Funding Categories

Health and Human Services 
Funding areas include domestic violence, homelessness, hunger relief, mental health, oral health, physical/developmental disabilities, and senior services. Support is provided to programs that improve the quality of life and health of disadvantaged individuals.

Civic, Community, and Environment 
Funding supports the protection and preservation of the natural resources of the environment. Community and civic programs that promote leadership training, civic responsibility, and diversity for young adults are also included in this category.

Contributions in this category are predominately for K-12 education in the arts, environment and science programs, as well as after-school mentoring and tutoring programs. Funding is also provided for adult literacy, industry education, and broad-based community programs offered by higher-education institutions.

Arts and Culture 
Nonprofit agencies funded in this category provide artistic and cultural programs that contribute to a vibrant and diverse arts and cultural sector in the community. Types of organizations include performing arts centers and museums.

Types and Ranges of Funding

General grants range from $5,000 to $15,000 for a one-year period of funding and are given to support programs, operating expenses, or collaborative programs with other agencies.

Capital grants typically range from $20,000 to $100,000 and are given to an agency with an organized campaign already under way to raise substantial funds; for example, to finance a building or for major renovation. More than 50 percent of the campaign goal (excluding in-kind donations, anonymous gifts and loans) must be pledged prior to consideration by the Foundation.   

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


  • Organization must have a tax-exempt status and must include their 501(c)(3) IRS determination letter with their grant application. If an organization does not have a tax-exempt status it may request another tax-exempt organization to act as their fiscal agent.
  • Geographical Considerations
    • Contributions are made primarily in areas with large concentrations of Pacific Life employees: generally, the greater Orange County, California, area. Ideally, agencies should serve a large area, usually including more than one city or community. In addition, some grants are provided in greater Omaha, NE, and the greater Lynchburg, VA area. 
    • The nonprofit and/or the agency serve areas where there are large concentrations of Pacific Life employees.
      • This includes the following Southern California counties: Orange, Riverside, Los Angeles, and San Bernardino; as well as Douglas County, Nebraska, and Bedford County, Virginia.


  • The Pacific Life Foundation does not accept applications from and/or for: 
    • Individuals;
    • Political parties, candidates, or partisan political organizations; 
    • Labor organizations, fraternal organizations, athletic clubs, or social clubs; 
    • K-12 schools, school districts, or school foundations as these entities are eligible through the Foundation's annual invitation-only "3T's of Education" program;  
    • Sectarian or denominational religious organizations, except for programs that are broadly promoted, available to anyone, and free from religious orientation; 
    • Fundraising events (e.g., membership drives, luncheons/dinners, walks/runs, or tournaments);
    • Sports leagues or teams; or
    • Advertising sponsorship or conference underwriting/sponsorship.
  • The Foundation does not accept requests for in-kind donations.
  • Marine Mammal research grant requests are not accepted.