Resources

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.

Financial Capital Opportunities

Amplifying opportunities for social innovation

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
City of West Hollywood Arts Grant Program “The Arts Project Grant is available to nonprofit arts organizations for the production, performance or presentation of art projects that take place in the City of West Hollywood and that serve the West Hollywood Community. This is a two-year grant award and arts organizations may apply for two years of grant funding with one application. Organizations must satisfy the following requirements: the mission of the organization must be the production and or public presentation of one or more disciplines of the arts, applicants must plan to present for the public within the City of West Hollywood or immediately adjacent, demonstrate artistic experience in their field, provide a CA Data Arts Report for the previous 2 years, and must be able to demonstrate fiscal responsibility and a 1:1 funding match. The total amount of available funding in this category is $44,000 and the maximum award per organization per year is $10,000.”July 1, 2022
City of West Hollywood Arts Grant Program “The Community Arts Grant is intended to support non-profit arts organizations with a history of supporting BIPOC and/or female artists and audiences. Organizations must satisfy the following requirements: eligible organizations are LA County-based non-profit arts organizations with a history of supporting BIPOC and/or female artists and audiences, have at least 1 year or art project history and provide 2 work samples, current non-profit tax status, projects must take place in West Hollywood or the immediate adjacent area, and demonstrate a marketing and outreach strategy targeting West Hollywood residents and constituents. The total amount of available funding in this category is $12,000 and the maximum award per organization per year is $3,000.”July 1, 2022
City of West Hollywood Arts Grant Program “The Organizational Development Grant supports non-profit arts organizations with an interest in strengthening their organization’s infrastructure. This grant is intended for newer, smaller, and or less-experienced non-profits, or established nonprofits undergoing organizational transitions, with budgets generally under $100,000 and often volunteer run. This is a three-year grant award and each year has specific expectations. Organizations must satisfy the following requirements: must be a non-profit based in LA County, mission of the organization must be the production and or public presentation of one or more disciplines of the arts, must be able to demonstrate a history (at least one year) of arts programming, must be able to demonstrate the ability to manage a contract with an outside consultant and provide a clearly articulated need for technical assistance, and must describe their connection and commitment to the City of West Hollywood. The total amount* of available funding in this category is $4,000* (includes WeHo Artist Bootcamp). *3,000 of the award is required to be paid to a pre-qualified technical assistant.”July 1, 2022
City of West Hollywood Arts Grant Program “The Transgender Initiative Grant is a program that was initiated by the City Council to support and enhance artwork to be presented or exhibited in West Hollywood by transgender artists. Individual artists, artist collectives or groups, and non-profit organizations with a history of supporting transgender artists are welcome to apply. Organizations must satisfy the following requirements: must plan to hold an art exhibit, performance or screening somewhere within the City of West Hollywood or immediately adjacent, must be able to demonstrate significant commitment to and involvement with the West Hollywood Community and/or LGBTQ community, must be based in LA County. The total amount of available funding in this category is $25,000, maximum award possible is $6,500.”July 1, 2022
City of West Hollywood Arts Grant Program “The WeHo Artist Grant aims to nurture and support the long-term development of an artist’s ideas by providing funds that increase the capacity for artists to realize work, advance the conditions of creation, and navigate the complexities of both making art and making a career. To be eligible for consideration, artists must satisfy all the following requirements: must be registered on the West Hollywood Artists Registry, must submit 2 examples of previous work, the legal address of the artist must be in the city of West Hollywood, applicants must submit a cohesive project with a timeline and budget, recipients of the WeHo Artist Grant within the previous 3 years are not eligible, and those enrolled as a student in an academic institution are not eligible to apply in that discipline of study. The total amount of available funding in this category is $15,000, maximum award possible in the calendar year per artist is $5,000.”July 1, 2022
The Durfee Foundation “The Staton Fellowship provides up to six fellows with $100,000 each over a two-year period. The goal of the fellowship is to enable fellow to expand knowledge, hone professional skills, form strategic alliances, and advance their work to the next level. Individual candidates for this program should: be an outstanding thought leader (at least 7 years in the non profit sector and government, artist, thought leader, social entrepreneur), present two year proposal, devote a minimum of three months over the two year fellowship to the project, need financial assistance, and participate in three overnight retreats and quarterly day-long meeting over the two year period.”July 7, 2022
The Carl & Roberta Deutsch Foundation“The HALO Award is a capacity building program to strengthen and sustain nonprofit organizations by supporting volunteer programs and recognizing and honoring volunteers doing exemplary work in their communities.For HALO Award consideration your organization must be: a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working with volunteers in and serving Los Angeles County. One volunteer nomination will be accepted per nonprofit organization, volunteer nominees must be: active and unpaid, and not currently serving as a board member. Past recipients are not eligible to reapply for the HALO Award Program. Selected organizations receive a one-time HALO Award grant which includes: capacity building support, a $20,000 grant for the nonprofit, and a $5,000 award for the volunteer.”July 7, 2022
Leadership for Democracy and Social Justice: a CUNY Institute“The Early Career Social Justice Fellowship Program: Emerging Leaders Track, is designed for people with 3-5 years of social justice work experience and can be based anywhere in the United States. The program will provide special training, support, mentoring, and career services. Eligible fellows: can reside anywhere in the United States (but must be available to fly to New York for Weekend Intensives 1 & 4, must be available to attend Weekend Intensives 2 & 3 virtually, must have 3-5 years of work experience, and must be available to take the semester-long academic course. The Emerging Leaders Fellowship comes with a $1,000 stipend per semester, and tuition costs are covered. Travel to NYC, food, and lodging costs for the in-person weekend intensives will be covered.”July 8, 2022
Amity Foundation"The Care First Community Investment (CFCI) Funding Opportunity Program Area 1: Re-envision Youth After-School and Summer Programs, is open to organizations that provide direct services to individuals and families that have a minimum of 2 years experience providing services in this program area. This includes: non-profit organizations with 501(c)(3) status, organizations applying through a fiscal sponsor, business entities, if not you may apply with the understanding that you will attain one of these designations prior to award, faith based organizations, projects must be located within LA County, and projects must identify the specific locations to be served. The minimum amount of each award: $50,000 per year for three years ($150,000), and the maximum amount is: $250,000 for three years ($750,000). The total 3-year funding amount available is $10,200,000." July 12, 2022
Amity Foundation“The Care First Community Investment (CFCI) Funding Opportunity Program Area 2: Career / Education Pathway Programs, is open to organizations that provide direct services to individuals and families that have a minimum of 2 years experience providing services in this program area. This includes: non-profit organizations with 501(c)(3) status, organizations applying through a fiscal sponsor, business entities, if not you may apply with the understanding that you will attain one of these designations prior to award, faith based organizations, projects must be located within LA County, and projects must identify the specific locations to be served. The minimum amount of each award: $50,000 per year for three years ($150,000), and the maximum amount is: $250,000 for three years ($750,000). The total 3-year funding amount available is $7,650,000.” July 12, 2022
Amity Foundation“The Care First Community Investment (CFCI) Funding Opportunity Program Area 3: Youth-Specific Housing Interventions, is open to organizations that provide direct services to individuals and families that have a minimum of 2 years experience providing services in this program area. This includes: non-profit organizations with 501(c)(3) status, organizations applying through a fiscal sponsor, business entities, if not you may apply with the understanding that you will attain one of these designations prior to award, faith based organizations, projects must be located within LA County, and projects must identify the specific locations to be served. The minimum amount of each award: $50,000 per year for three years ($150,000), and the maximum amount is: $300,000 for three years ($900,000). The total 3-year funding amount available is $10,200,000.” July 12, 2022
Amity Foundation“The Care First Community Investment (CFCI) Funding Opportunity Program Area 4: Culturally Affirming Family Reunification, Pre-Trial Support, is open to organizations that provide direct services to individuals and families that have a minimum of 2 years experience providing services in this program area. This includes: non-profit organizations with 501(c)(3) status, organizations applying through a fiscal sponsor, business entities, if not you may apply with the understanding that you will attain one of these designations prior to award, faith based organizations, projects must be located within LA County, and projects must identify the specific locations to be served. The minimum amount of each award: $50,000 per year for three years ($150,000), and the maximum amount is: $250,000 for three years ($750,000). The total 3-year funding amount available is $5,100,000.” July 12, 2022
Amity Foundation“The Care First Community Investment (CFCI) Funding Opportunity Program Area 5: Support for Returning LGBTQIA+ Residents, is open to organizations that provide direct services to individuals and families that have a minimum of 2 years experience providing services in this program area. This includes: non-profit organizations with 501(c)(3) status, organizations applying through a fiscal sponsor, business entities, if not you may apply with the understanding that you will attain one of these designations prior to award, faith based organizations, projects must be located within LA County, and projects must identify the specific locations to be served. The minimum amount of each award: $50,000 per year for three years ($150,000), and the maximum amount is: $250,000 for three years ($750,000). The total 3-year funding amount available is $2,550,000.” July 12, 2022
Amity Foundation“The Care First Community Investment (CFCI) Funding Opportunity Program Area 6: Reentry Programming for Women or Those Who Identify as Women, is open to organizations that provide direct services to individuals and families that have a minimum of 2 years experience providing services in this program area. This includes: non-profit organizations with 501(c)(3) status, organizations applying through a fiscal sponsor, business entities, if not you may apply with the understanding that you will attain one of these designations prior to award, faith based organizations, projects must be located within LA County, and projects must identify the specific locations to be served. The minimum amount of each award: $50,000 per year for three years ($150,000), and the maximum amount is: $250,000 for three years ($750,000). The total 3-year funding amount available is $7,650,000.” July 12, 2022
Amity Foundation“The Care First Community Investment (CFCI) Funding Opportunity Program Area 7: Youth Centers, is open to organizations that provide direct services to individuals and families that have a minimum of 2 years experience providing services in this program area. This includes: non-profit organizations with 501(c)(3) status, organizations applying through a fiscal sponsor, business entities, if not you may apply with the understanding that you will attain one of these designations prior to award, faith based organizations, projects must be located within LA County, and projects must identify the specific locations to be served. The minimum amount of each award: $50,000 per year for three years ($150,000), and the maximum amount is: $250,000 for three years ($750,000). The total 3-year funding amount available is $3,825,000.” July 12, 2022
Amity Foundation“Program Area 8: Grants to Justice-Focused CBOS, is open to justice-focused community-based operations (CBOS) to support strategic planning and assessment of post-pandemic programmatic operations, as well as strengthen fiscal and development / fundraising capacity. This includes: non-profit organizations with 501(c)(3) status, organizations applying through a fiscal sponsor, business entities, if not you may apply with the understanding that you will attain one of these designations prior to award, faith based organizations, projects must be located within LA County, and projects must identify the specific locations to be served. The minimum amount of each award: $50,000 per year for two years ($100,000), and the maximum amount is: $250,000 for two years ($500,000). The total 2-year funding amount available is $8,500,000.”July 12, 2022
Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights, Central American Resource Center, Immigrant Defenders Law Center “RepresentLA invites proposals to bolster and expand legal representation to Los Angeles County residents in immigration removal proceeding who cannot afford an attorney. To be eligible for this grant, subcontractors must be nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations. The following will also be considered upon review: financial soundness, demonstrated ability to sustain and expand legal service capacity, successful implementation of performance-based immigration legal service initiatives, complexity of existing and past immigration casework, and cultural competency. Applicants have the opportunity to apply for support in one or more of the following funding categories: removal defense direct representation, affirmative immigration benefits direct representation, or community outreach support.Grants are available for a one-year term, with a maximum of two one-year extensions after the end of the grant period. Initial grant request sizes can range up to $420,000. The Grant period extends from the date of contract execution to June 30, 2023.” July 15, 2022
Native Voices Rising “Common Counsel Foundation and Native Americans in Philanthropy are pleased to announce that the Native Voices Rising 2022 grant pool is now open. Applications from Native-led groups that have a membership base in the community, work to develop leadership, and take collective action to win progressive social change, are encouraged to apply. To be eligible your organization must be based in and serving a Native community, have leaders and board members comprised of 51% Native Americans, and have IRS 501(c)3 tax-exempt status or 7871 Designation or a fiscal sponsor. The general support grants are expected to average $30,000 and range between $20,000 to $40,000.”July 15, 2022
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention “The application for the OJJDP FY 2022 Arts Programs for Justice-Involved Youth is now open. This project seeks to support and strengthen collaborations between arts-based organizations and juvenile justice systems to develop, expand, or enhance effective interventions that provide access to high-quality arts programs with and for justice-involved youth. Eligible applicants include: nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status other than institutions of higher education, nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status other than institutions of higher education, city or township governments, county governments, Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), or Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments. There are 3 anticipated number of awards, the anticipated maximum dollar amount for these awards are $66,500.00.”July 18, 2022
Long Beach Community Foundation“The Long Beach Community Foundation is pleased to offer the LBCF Community Impact Fund Grant. In 2022 grants will be awarded to support programs that best address the post-pandemic educational, emotional, and health needs of at-risk youth, including those experiencing homelessness in Long Beach. Grants are made to US-based, 501(c)(3) non profits, educational institutions, and government entities serving Long Beach. Grants will be awarded between $5,000 and $10,000, announcement of awards is expected on September 2022.”July 29, 2022
Workforce Matters "The Fund for Workforce Equity is now accepting applications. Which will provide flexible resources and support to workforce development organizations seeking to pilot, adopt, and learn from new strategies as well as innovate on or extend existing strategies that center workers and learners of color in workforce policy and program design and implementation. Applicants must: provide workforce development programming or advocacy, have invested interest in organizational racial equity training, be U.S.-based, provide direct services to individuals, and must be classified as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization or be fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) or be a federally recognized or state-recognized tribal government. The Fund for Workforce Equity anticipates that up to $1,000,000 will be awarded to support organizations, applicants may request up to $70,000. It is anticipated that typical awards will range from $50,000-$70,000.”July 31, 2022
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
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
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

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