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The Goldhirsh Foundation is committed to supporting social innovation in Los Angeles. Below find a number of resources around social innovation, impact investing, and fundraising.

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The Los Angeles College Football National Championship Host Committee, ChampionLA supporters, and College Football Playoff Foundation with support from the Play Equity Fund"Champions Educate has launched to identify and celebrate 46 educators—physical education teachers, elementary and special education teachers, coaches, and afterschool providers staff—who are harnessing the power of sport, play, and movement to support the mental health and social emotional needs of students. Nominations will be accepted on a rolling basis until 46 educators are identified, and are limited to educators at high needs schools in Los Angeles County (public schools, parochial schools, after school services). Each selected educator is eligible to receive an award of at least $5,000 and up to $20,000 to support and/or expand their work within the classroom or school context. Funding support may include play equipment, Social Emotional Learning resources, uniforms, field trips, coaching education, student wellness spaces, and/or small infrastructure projects.”Nominations will be accepted on a rolling basis until 46 educators are identified
California Office of the Small Business Advocate“The California Dream Fund provides micro grants up to $10,000 to seed entrepreneurship and small business creation in California. To qualify for a grant, applicants must have completed an in-depth training program with participating centers through the Technical Assistance Expansion Program. When the training is complete, eligible participants will receive a Certificate of Completion and unique application code, which will be required to apply for a grant of up to $10,000. The Dream Fund provides approximately thirty-five million dollars in one-time grant funding to eligible start-ups that have completed a TAEP Training Program. A small business or small non profit must satisfy the following criteria to be eligible: must meet definition of small business, verified completion of business training program and one-on-one, have registered business or obtained business license after July 1, 2019, have required documentation to start business in California, have submitted self-certification, have obtained certification from SB TAEP Center, and have owners that are domiciled in California.”Until all funds are distributed
California Volunteers“The application for the 2022-23 California Climate Action Corps (CCAC) Fellow is now open. CCAC Fellow will spend 11 months, from September 19, 2022 through August 2023 to help support projects that work to protect vulnerable communities. To qualify applicants must: be a citizen/national/or lawful permanent resident, pass the background checks prior to service, be at least 18 years old, live in California, have an associates degree or above/or relevant experience, commit to the full term of service, work in a professional office or field setting, and have strong verbal and written communication skills. In exchange for almost a year of service the 2022-23 CCAC Fellows will earn an increased stipend of $30,000, health insurance, a scholarship of $10,000 to pay for school or repay college debt upon completion of service, and professional development such as climate-related training and certifications.”Until slots are filled
Southern California Leadership Network “The Riordan Leadership Institute (RLI) is an eight-moth board training and matching fellowship that empowers and prepares diverse professionals for lifelong civic leadership as non profit board members. RLI also helps local non profit organizations build their capacity and connect with prospective board members. Nonprofit organizations organized under Section 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(6) are eligible to partner if they meet the following criteria: is seeking new board members, has designated staff to work closely with the RLI Fellow, implements programs that serve Los Angeles County and or/Orange County, has established by-laws and financial statements, has regularly scheduled board meetings, and has a board that is actively engaged in board-related work and that consistently attend board meetings.”August 5, 2022
Regarding Her (RE:HER)"The 2022 RE:Her Academy program will award ten grants of $20,000 each to be used toward business growth, along with a ten-week learning program with industry experts. These grants are intended for self-identifying women who are food and beverage business owners in LA."August 5, 2022
Tiger Global Impact Ventures “Applications now open for the Accelerate(HER) fund sponsored by Tiger Global Impact Ventures. The Fund will provide grants up to $50,000 to support women entrepreneurs building breakthrough technologies or tech-enabled companies. These entrepreneurs should have a demonstrated need for funding and a plan to reach their next stage of growth. To be eligible, a business must: be a for-profit technology or technology-enabled company, be majority woman-owned and operated (51%+), and have not (yet) received funding from angel or venture investors.”August 5, 2022
USC Marshall School of Business “The application for the Fall 2022 USC Marshall’s BSEL Grant Program is now open for nonprofits seeking funding to support their social enterprise. Program requirements include: 501c3 organizations, percentage of revenue coming from an earned income venture, a site visit which may be virtual, and to be within an hour’s drive of the USC campus. Former applicants and grant recipients are encouraged to apply again. Six organizations will be selected as finalists for grants, three organizations will receive $5,000 each for general operating support, and three will receive grants raging from $15,000-$35,000 to grow their revenue streams.”August 8, 2022
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP)“The application period for the 2022 round II of the LADWP Community Partnership grant are open to local 501(c)3 non-profit organizations for new community outreach and public education activities to improve energy efficiency and water conservation. There are 17-20 grants totaling $1,480,000 are proposed to be funded by LADWP. The competitive grants are awarded to one 501(c)3 non-profit organization focused on the special categories of Water Conservations, Water Quality, and Electric Vehicles. All applications must be sent to nonprofitgrants@ladwp.com by 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 9, 2022.”August 9, 2022
CA Department of Health Care Access and Information“The Song-Brown Program funds institutions that train primary care health professionals to provide health care in California’s medically underserved areas. Eligible applicants include nonprofits and public agencies, programs must be within the State of California. Period of performance lasts one and a half months. The total estimated of funding available is $81,000,000, and the expected number of awards and amount per award is dependent. Awardees shall use the funding to expand primary care services. The funding will support Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics, and Gynecology, and Pediatric residency programs. Expected award announcement will take place on November 28, 2022.”August 12, 2022
CA Department of Food and Agriculture“Applications for the 2022 Beginning Farmer and Farmworker Training and Workforce Development are now open. This grant program seeks to support organizations in the development, enhancement, and/or expansion of beginning farmer apprenticeship programs and farm worker training and workforce development programs. This grant program is for applicants within the state of California. Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations, tribal governments, and community colleges are eligible as co-applicants with a local organization. Track 1: Program Planning and Curriculum Development Grants provides direct support for existing or new programs to fully develop their programs serving beginning farmers OR farmworker training and workforce development program, establish partnerships, seek accreditation, land tenure (either land lease or purchase) and design curriculum. This track is for organizations who would like to formalize or expand the reach of existing programs and need assistance during the phase of program planning or curriculum development. Funding available is between $50,000 to $100,000, the expected number of awards and amount per award is dependent. The expected award announcement will be in October 2022.”August 15, 2022
CA Department of Food and Agriculture“Applications for the 2022 Beginning Farmer and Farmworker Training and Workforce Development are now open. This grant program seeks to support organizations in the development, enhancement, and/or expansion of beginning farmer apprenticeship programs and farm worker training and workforce development programs. This grant program is for applicants within the state of California. Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations, tribal governments, and community colleges are eligible as co-applicants with a local organization. Track 2: Program Implementation: Beginning Farmer Training program will be funding for infrastructure, tool lending libraries, land tenure, regional networking opportunities and apprenticeships (including stipends). Priority will be given to organizations serving socially disadvantaged and small-scale farmers and ranchers and applications with demonstrated partnerships and demonstrated ability to continue the program beyond the funding period.Funding available is between $100,000 to $1,000,000, the expected number of awards and amount per award is dependent. The expected award announcement will be in October 2022.”August 15, 2022
CA Department of Food and Agriculture“Applications for the 2022 Beginning Farmer and Farmworker Training and Workforce Development are now open. This grant program seeks to support organizations in the development, enhancement, and/or expansion of beginning farmer apprenticeship programs and farm worker training and workforce development programs. This grant program is for applicants within the state of California. Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations, tribal governments, and community colleges are eligible as co-applicants with a local organization. Track 3: Program Implementation: Farmworker Training and Workforce Development Program will be funding regional collaborations that focus on job skills training, paid apprenticeships, education, and agricultural technology training for farmworkers; or farmworker workforce development programs with curriculum and instruction tailored towards serving cultural and language needs in the sector. Funding available is between $100,000 to $1,000,000, the expected number of awards and amount per award is dependent. The expected award announcement will be in October 2022.”August 15, 2022
Archstone Foundation“The Archstone Foundation is taking 2022 Capacity Building DEI Request for Proposals: Supporting Diverse Communities and Advancing Racial Health Equity for Older Adults through Capacity Building. This capacity building RFP opportunity is intended for requests focused exclusively on organizations serving diverse communities and advancing racial equity. Requests of up to $50,000 over one year will be considered for California nonprofit organizations whose work aligns with Archstone Foundation’s mission to improve the health and well-being of older Californians and their caregivers, and who directly serve adults 65 and older. Letters of Inquiry are due by August 17th and full proposals from invited applicants are due by September 29th. Two to three awards are anticipated. Organizations previously awarded grants under the Capacity Building Program are asked to wait two years from the end of their prior grant to re-apply.”August 17, 2022
Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation“The application for the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation Communications Fellow is now open. Qualifications include: current graduate student/recent graduate/ or equivalent experience, preferably a degree and/or equivalent experience in Communications/Digital Media Studies/Marketing/Nonprofit/Arts Administrations/or a related field, writing and communication skills, well-versed and current in social media platforms, attention to detail, experience in graphic design/video editing/photography a plus, passion for Levitt mission, and an interest in exploring career paths in the philanthropic sector. Compensation is $25-$30/hour commensurate with experience; plus opportunity to attend the 2022 Southern California Grantmakers Annual Conference. This is a part time; 24-32 hours/week for 12 months position, located in Echo Park, Los Angeles (minimum of 3 days/week in-person.”August 21, 2022
City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs "The application for the DCA Cultural Grants Program is now open to submissions. This program invests in free and/or low-costs activities and projects for the public (which will take place between July 1, 2023, and June 30, 2024). Qualified applicants are: nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations, arts-friendly charitable organizations (501(c)(3), 501(c)(6)) that will partner with an arts expert/agency, are headquartered in LA COunty and proposing projects to serve the City of Los Angeles, have a minimum of one year of prior experience with the project they propose. Up to $80,000 is available, depending on organization’s eligibility, grant request, and panel score. Applicants will receive notification of results in May/June 2023.”August 29, 2022
California Arts Council “The CAC will award funds to an Administering Organization (AO) that will develop and administer the fellowship program statewide over two years. The AO will implement a fellow-driven grant program, identifying approximately 11 emerging arts administrators for support and then pairing them with an equal number of arts and culture organizations dedicated to equity and community engagement for a 12-month paid fellowship. Fellows and host organizations will represent the geographic diversity of California. The AO will also re-grant funds to the host organizations for fellowship salaries and benefits, and for other expenses necessary to create the fellowship experience. The AO grant will be approximately $1,165,000 for the following purposes: AO program administration up to $233,000 for two-year activity period, $50,000 per 11 fellows for a 12-month fellowship, and organizational stipends $35,000 per organization for fellow benefits related to hosting of fellows. Funding decision will be made approximately late October 2022 and funding notification in November 2022.”August 31, 2022
California Arts Council “The CAC is opening its Administering Organization (AO) grant process in order to select a partner organization(s) to manage this year’s program on their behalf. AOS will be responsible for the planning and implementation of the Individual Artist Fellowship program in their region, including but not limited to: provide access and support for individual artists throughout the course of the process, engagement and outreach to ensure comprehensive geographic reach within the service area, convene fellows at least once over the course of the grant period, provide platforms to increase visibility of the work of the fellows, and engage in regular reporting to and collaboration with the CAC. Eligible request amounts pertain to regions: Region I $925,000, Region II $825,000 to serve Los Angeles County, Region III $700,000, and Region IV $800,000. Funding decisions will approximately take place in late October 2022 and funding notification in November.”August 31, 2022
Josephine S. Gumbiner Foundation JSGF"The foundation is primarily interested in awarding grants of $5,000 to $50,000 to charitable organizations whose projects father the foundation’s aims and objectives of serving women and children in Long Beach. The first step in the grant making process is to fill out the Letter of Intent. Grant applications will be accepted from tax-exempt organizations as defined by 501(c)(3), organizations with net assets of less than $10,000,000 will be given preference. Eligible organizations: provide programs and services to women and children in Long Beach and serve 75% of clients residing in Long Beach. Nonprofit organizations are eligible once in a twelve-month period."September 1, 2022
County of Los Angeles “Applications are open for LA County Discretionary Funding Grants for the Third District. Grants will be awarded to award grants to a variety of Third District organizations for projects that promote and enhance the quality of life for Third District Constituents. To be considered for a Grant, a project must meet the following criteria: the requesting organization must have a location in the Third Supervisorial District, funds must benefit Third District constituents and communities, grants will only be provided to non-sectarian 501(c)3 non-profit organizations within the Third District, and “Seed” grants to establish new and innovative work will be considered. Requests may include but are not limited to educational/recreational projects, arts and cultural programs, environmental awareness programs/projects, public safety programs, health and social service initiatives and programs. Grants can also help support an organization with one-time funding to purchase equipment, needed materials, repairs or augmentation of a physical site, etc. Grants are for a one-year period only, grants requesting multi-year funding will not be considered.”September 1, 2022
CA Department of Conservation “Applications for the 2021-22 Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Program (SALC) Land Use Planning Grants are now open. These grants will support the development and implementation of plans for the protection of agricultural land at risk of conversion to non-agricultural uses, maintaining the economic viability of the region’s agricultural lands, and developing the economic viability of regional food systems and infrastructure to support the production, aggregation, processing and distribution of agricultural products.  Eligible applicants include cities, counties, non-profit organizations, resource conservation districts, regional park or open-space districts, regional park or open-space authorities, and federally recognized California Native American tribe or a nonfederal recognized California Native American tribe that is on the Native American Heritage Commission list. Non-profit applicants must have the conservation of agriculture, rangeland, or farmland among their state purposes, and non-profits must hold a tax exemption under Section 501(c)3. This program is funded through the California Climate Investments Program, the actual funding amount available each fiscal year will not be determined until after the fourth auction for that fiscal year. Award announcements are expected December 2022.”September 9, 2022
CA Governor’s Office of Emergency Services “Applications for the 2022-23 Domestic Violence Health Care Services (FO) Program RFP are open. The purpose of the Program is to provide domestic violence victims/survivors and their children access to COVID-19 testing, vaccines, and primary health care through weekly mobile health care visits. To ensure all areas of California are reached, Cal OES is utilizing a regional approach where one Subrecipient coordinates services for all domestic violence shelters and programs within the identified region. Applicants must be an organization that focuses on providing services to domestic violence victims/survivors and their children in California. Eligible applicants include California: nonprofits, businesses, public agencies, and Tribal governments. Period of performance would be from January 1, 2023 to July 31, 2025. Funding available is $34,505,575 the expected number of awards and amount per award is dependent. Award announcement is expected to be January 1, 2023.” September 13, 2022
CA Governor’s Office of Emergency Services “Applications for the 2022-23 Restorative Justice Training (RJ) Program RFP are open. The purpose of the RJ Program is to establish expertise in victim/survivor-centered restorative justice prosecutorial best practices in response to domestic violence and sexual assault cases. The Subrecipient must develop and implement training curriculum, develop a toolkit/guide, and provide technical assistance for prosecutors, criminal justice system personnel, and allied victim service providers. The period of performance would be from April 1, 2023 - March 31, 2024. Eligible applicants include: nonprofits, public agencies, and Tribal governments. The total estimated funding available is $250,000 the expected number of awards and amount per award is dependent. A letter of intent is required. The expected award announcement will be December 31, 2022.”September 16, 2022
CA Department of Pesticide Regulation “Applications are open for the 2023 Department of Pesticide Regulation Research Grants Program. This Research Grants Program provides funding to develop Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices in agricultural, urban, or wildland settings that reduce the risks from pesticides which are high-risk, of regulatory concern, or are of human health or environmental concern in California. Eligible applicants include: nonprofits, businesses, public agencies, and Tribal Governments. Work may be conducted outside of California, but justification must be provided and projects must primarily benefit the people of California. Matched funding is not allowed. Projects must not depend on other sources of funding for the completion of any task or deliverable. However, in-kind contributions of personnel time, equipment, facilities, and materials are allowed. Matched funding is not allowed. Projects must not depend on other sources of funding for the completion of any task or deliverable. However, in-kind contributions of personnel time, equipment, facilities, and materials are allowed. Period of performance will be 2.5 years. The total estimated available funding is $3,150,000. The expected number of awards is from 1-63, and the estimated amount per award is between $50,000-$3,150,000. The award is expected to be announced late March 2023.”September 22, 2022
National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities“Submission will open to the “Research to Action: Assessing and Addressing Community Exposures to Environmental Contaminants” on September 5, 2022 and close October 5, 2022. This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages multidisciplinary projects to investigate the potential health risks of environmental exposures of concern to a community and to develop and implement an environmental public health action plan based on research findings. Projects supported under this program will employ community-engaged research methods to conduct research and to translate research findings into public health action. This announcement reflects NIEHS’ and NIMHD's commitment to environmental health disparities and environmental justice research. This FOA also advances efforts to nurture and sustain trust and bi-directional communication between academic researchers and affected communities. Application budgets are limited to $500k direct cost, maximum project period is 5 years. The number of awards is contingent upon NIH appropriations and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications. Eligible organizations include: nonprofits with 501(c)(3) IRS Status, nonprofits without 501(c)(3) IRS Status, higher education institutions, for-profit organizations, local governments, federal governments, regional organizations, community-based organizations, and Native American Tribal Organizations.”October 5, 2022
Crail-Johnson Foundation“The Crail-Johnson Foundation is a children’s charity, directed towards programs benefiting children, youth, and families in Los Angeles. Grant applications and requests are open from September 1 - October 15 for organizations that align with the Education funding priority. This includes programs such as: early care and education, literacy, arts education, parent engagement and education, STEM, and youth development. The Foundation provides financial support to public non-profit organizations that are exempt under 501(c)(3) and are not a private foundation under Section 509(a), the grants provided are for program/project support and general operating support. Capital projects and endowments may be considered as well. Support is not granted for programs and projects benefiting religious purposes, university level education, research, events, political causes or programs for legislation influence, and no grants are made to individuals. Requests which are not relevant to the foundation’s mission and funding priorities will not be considered. Grants are made to nonprofit organizations for one year, and grantees are eligible to reapply each year.”October 15, 2022
Long Beach Community Foundation“The Long Beach Community Foundation is pleased to offer the Katy Stone Memorial Fund Grant. The Katy Stone Memorial Fund makes grants to nonprofit organizations with programs that nurture the body, mind, and spirit of goal-oriented people of any age, but especially youth, in the City of Long Beach. These programs will promote their education and develop their physical, mental, and spiritual talents. Grants will be awarded to US-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, schools, or government institutions serving Long Beach, CA. Grants will be awarded between $5,000 and $20,000, the announcement of awards is expected on December 2022.”October 27, 2022
Hollywood Community Foundation “To be eligible for a grant, an applicant must be a member of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. The foundation accepts grant applications twice a year with the deadlines at the end of May and end of October. The Foundation adheres to certain guidelines and gives preference to organizations that: are 501(c)(3) charitable organizations, are well-managed and use their resources effectively, collaborate rather than compete with similar organizations, reach out to sometimes excluded groups, deliver services directly to those who need them, address root causes of problems, and make a significant contribution to the economic vitality of Hollywood. Maximum grant level is $2,500.” October 2022
LA Young Creatives Fund"We established the LA Young Creatives Fund to offer financial support to members of the creative economy whose work has been impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. LA County residents who work in creative fields may be eligible to receive a $500 grant to help cover any pressing financial needs."Rolling
Tory Burch in Partnership with Upworthy: Empowered Women"Tell us about a woman, anywhere in the world, who is embracing her ambition and making a change. We choose one amazing woman a month - and she receives $5,000 to give to a non-profit of her choice through the Tory Burch Foundation."Rolling - Selected Monthly
USC Marshall Greif Incubator"Each year, we work with founders on everything from feasibility and product development, to customer acquisition, testing business models, gaining distribution, team development, investment preparation, and raising funding. We provide additional support in the form of legal assistance, potential financial grants, and access to mentors."Rolling
USC Marshall Venture Fund"The Fund’s mission is to bridge the funding gap for early-stage and amplify the impact for later-stage USC-related companies; train students to evaluate, make, and manage venture investments; and engage alumni, advisors, experts, and other stakeholders in helping build the entrepreneurial ecosystem at USC and in Southern California."Rolling
Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation"DRK supports outsized impact through entrepreneurs and enterprises that meaningfully address a pressing societal problem affecting people’s lives by providing them with 3 years of unrestricted capital (totaling $300,000) and provide rigorous on-going support by joining their board of directors for the 3 years and partnering with the leader to help them to build capacity in their organization and scale their impact"Rolling
RSF Social Finance"RSF provides funding to social enterprises that are working to create long-term social and ecological benefit and their broad areas of expertise are food & agriculture, education & the arts, and climate & environment"Rolling
Oakland Black Business Fund"The OBBF platform includes a $10M relief fund focused on helping Oakland businesses impacted by COVID-19 and a $1B investment fund to support Black entrepreneurs across the country. This is the only Blackled fund providing business grants and larger investments that address the historical lack of access to capital and control of real estate."Rolling
Wells Fargo"Wells Fargo is donating $175 million to help address public health needs, small business, housing, and financial stability for the most vulnerable populations. They focus their philanthropy on three key areas: housing affordability, financial health, and small business growth."Rolling
Amgen Foundation"The Amgen Foundation seeks to advance excellence in science education to inspire the next generation of innovators, and invest in strengthening communities where Amgen staff members live and work. The Foundation awards grants to local, regional, and international nonprofit organizations that are replicable, scalable and designed to have a lasting and meaningful effect in our communities."Rolling
Annenberg Foundation Grants"The Annenberg Foundation gives priority to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations serving the five-county region of Greater Los Angeles that are well-integrated into the fabric of the communities they serve. Grants are for one year and range from $10,000 to a maximum of $100,000."Rolling
Ford Fund Grants"Ford Motor Company Fund supports initiatives and nonprofit organizations in three areas: education, community life and driving safely."Rolling
Global Innovation Fund"The Global Innovation Fund is a non-profit innovation fund that invests in the development, rigorous testing, and scaling of innovations targeted at improving the lives of the world's poorest people."Rolling
The Nathan Cummings Foundation Grant"The Nathan Cummings Foundation is a multigenerational family foundation, rooted in the Jewish tradition of social justice. It awards grants to support movements, organizations and individuals pursuing justice for people and the planet."Rolling
The Ahmanson Foundation"The Ahmanson Foundation serves Los Angeles County by funding cultural projects in the arts and humanities, education at all levels, health care, programs related to homelessness, and underserved populations as well as a wide range of human services."Rolling

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