Ralph M. Parsons Foundation Grant

Ralph M. Parsons Foundation

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: Up to US $2,000,000

Fields of work: Mental Health & Psychiatric Diseases Emergency Medical Care & Services Preventative Healthcare Vocational & Trade Education Career/College Preparation Academic Success & Enrichment Education - K through 12 Education - Preschool / Early Learning Education - Higher Education Performing Arts Health Care Access & Delivery Human & Social Services Health Facilities & Clinics Art History Museums & Cultural Institutions Community Culture & Heritage Art Education Artist Training & Development Radio Visual Arts Show all

Applicant type: Nonprofit

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

Location of project: Los Angeles County, California

Location of residency: Los Angeles County, California

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About this funder:



The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation strives to support and facilitate the work of the region's best nonprofit organizations, recognizing that many of those in need today will go on to shape the future of Southern California, to define it, redefine it, and help it set and achieve new goals.

Los Angeles County is one of the most exciting, dynamic, quickly evolving and challenging environments in the United States. In our diversity — racial, ethnic, cultural and economic — Greater Los Angeles presents extraordinary challenges and opportunities for the nonprofit community.

We are a responsive grantmaker.

As a responsive grantmaker, we invite organizations serving Los Angeles County to come to us for what they need to do their best work. More than half of our grantmaking is for general support; organizations also come to us for funds to renovate or purchase buildings and equipment, specific programs, and staff positions. For capital requests, we generally prefer that organizations approach the Foundation near the end of a campaign. Funding is prioritized across four program areas:

Civic & Cultural

Grantmaking in this area values enriching cultural experiences and active civic engagement as essential ingredients for a healthy society. We support organizations and institutions that contribute to Los Angeles’ cultural and civic vibrancy, including performing arts organizations, museums, botanical gardens, arts education programs, and those that promote civic engagement and leadership.


Our Education grantmaking underscores the importance of access to quality learning opportunities for all, with a special focus on underserved populations. Our grantees reflect the full continuum of learning from “cradle to career,” and include organizations that support early care and education, K-12 education, charter schools, academic enrichment, college access and persistence, higher education, and vocational training.


The Foundation’s work in this area is rooted in our belief that all the residents of Los Angeles County need access to essential health services that offer a greater quality of life. We invest in organizations that promote health and well-being among vulnerable populations, placing an emphasis on community clinics, mental health providers, prevention services, emergency and trauma centers, and improvements to health care facilities.

Human Services

Our work in Human Services reflects our commitment to improving the lives of Los Angeles’ most vulnerable community members, including low-income children, families, foster youth, seniors, the working poor, and homeless populations. We fund a broad range of services and programs, including child welfare, youth development, supportive services, and basic needs.

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


  • The Parsons Foundation grants are limited to organizations providing services in Los Angeles County. 
  • The Foundation concentrates on organizations providing direct service.
  • The Foundation fund grants for general operating support, capital projects, programs, and other capacity building activities.


  • Loans, or program related investments, are not considered.
  • The Foundation does not fund for-profit organizations or businesses.  
  • Individuals are not eligible to apply. 
  • Due to funding constraints, The Foundation are not able to fund requests for the following:
    • fundraising events, dinners and mass mailings
    • organizations outside of Los Angeles County
    • direct aid to individuals, including scholarship support
    • conferences, seminars, workshops, etc
    • sectarian, religious or fraternal purposes
    • federated fundraising appeals
    • support of candidates for political office or to influence legislation
    • for-profit organizations or businesses
    • animal welfare
    • environmental issues
    • documentary filmmaking or television programming
    • scientific and/or medical research
    • organizations focused on specific diseases (e.g. diabetes, heart disease)
    • grassroots advocacy
    • summer camps
    • services for the developmentally disabled


This page was last reviewed February 04, 2020 and last updated February 04, 2020