Rose Hills Foundation Grant

Rose Hills Foundation

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Grant amount: More than US $10,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit

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

Location of project: Preferred: Los Angeles County, California Other eligible locations: Counties in California: Imperial County, Los Angeles County, Orange County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County Expand all

Location of residency: Preferred: Los Angeles County, California Other eligible locations: Counties in California: Imperial County, Los Angeles County, Orange County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County Expand all

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About the Rose Hills Foundation

In 1914, a small cemetery was developed on a hillside northwest of the rapidly expanding City of Whittier. Thereafter, an expansion program was begun that was designed to increase the size of the park as well as enhance its beauty. Over 80 years of devoted effort by the management and Directors of The Rose Hills Memorial Park transformed the small cemetery into the magnificent memorial park it is today.

The Rose Hills Foundation is a legacy of the Founders and Directors of The Rose Hills Memorial Park, which remains the largest cemetery in North America.

Pursuant to the goals of its founders, Rose Hills is a legacy to be enjoyed by future generations, not only as a beautiful memorial park, but now as a Foundation created out of proceeds of its sale. 

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


  • The Rose Hills Foundation supports qualified tax-exempt charitable organizations for the benefit of the people of Southern California with a current emphasis on organizations based in and serving Los Angeles County.
  • Grants may range from $10,000.00 to million dollar commitments. The Foundation's Directors may opt to grant less than the amount requested, depending upon resources available, or to spread payments over more than one year. As a general rule of thumb, the Foundation asks applicants to justify their request amount based on the program/project's total budget, and limits multi-year grants to a period of two years.
  • Organizations may request grants for ongoing operating expenses. The Foundation is interested in supporting efforts that expand or enhance services and organizational capabilities.
  • We do fund expendable scholarships and have a strong interest in the fields of natural sciences and engineering.
  • The Foundation funds capital campaigns and expenditures. Grants are made for specific projects with capital expenditures such as land or facility purchase, new construction, equipment or renovation. The Foundation generally prefers that 70% or more of the capital project has been raised before considering the request.
    • Grants are also made for specific projects that strengthen an agency's ability to achieve its mission and goals. Some examples are: hiring additional management personnel, instituting a strategic fund development plan, introducing new technology, or adapting services to a new program model.


  • Preferential attention will be given to organizations exhibiting the following positive factors:
    • A history of achievement, good management, and a stable financial condition
    • Programs that are self-sustaining and will not necessitate continued dependence on the Foundation
    • Significant programs with the promise of making a measurable impact
    • Programs where the Foundation's gift is matched or multiplied
    • Programs consistent with the Foundation’s identified areas of interest
    • Programs which will benefit people of Southern California
    • Programs which will reach the greatest number of people at the most reasonable cost
    • Organizations that allocate a high percentage of their operating expenses directly to their programs.
  • The Foundation is willing to consider proposals for academic purposes in disciplines that represent a high priority for the institution. We recognize that each institution is different and that priorities may change over time. It may be useful to discuss several options with the Foundation's President before submission of a proposal.


  • At the present time, the Foundation will not entertain grant applications for:
    • Individuals
    • Government agencies
    • Community foundations
    • Programs which promote religious doctrine
    • Propagandizing, influencing legislation and/or elections, or promoting voter registration
    • Political candidates, political campaigns, or organizations engaged in political activities
    • Special events, including but not limited to fundraisers, galas, dinners, tournaments, conferences and expositions
    • Medical research
    • Hospitals/hospital foundations
    • Organizations/programs supporting specific diseases, i.e. cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, heart disease, kidney disease, etc.
    • Skilled living or nursing facilities, and retirement homes
    • Elementary and middle schools (K-8), including but not limited to charter schools
    • Capital projects for private, independent, or parochial schools (K-12)
    • Educational foundations
    • Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs)
    • Athletic/sports leagues
    • Organizations/programs supporting animal welfare and rescue
    • Documentary filmmaking or television programming
    • Pass-through grants to organizations or foundations which then provide grants or awards to sub-recipients to carry out programs or receive and redistribute donated funds
    • Organizations under fiscal sponsorship of another 501(c)(3) organization
    • Organizations primarily serving the San Fernando Valley, Antelope Valley, or Long Beach
    • Endowments or endowed scholarships.