The LA84 Foundation is a nationally recognized leader in support of youth sport programs and public education about the role of sports in positive youth development. The foundation, with 30 years of on-the-ground experience, has supported thousands of Southern California youth sports organizations through grant making, while also training coaches, commissioning research, convening conferences and acting as a national thought leader on important youth sports issues. LA84 levels the playing field so that sport is accessible to all children, while elevating the field of youth sports as an integral part of American life.
The foundation welcomes applications from organizations and agencies throughout Southern California to support youth sports programs and activities. In general, LA84 makes grants to support program costs, sports equipment, and the renovation of sports facilities or refurbishment of fields of play.
We fund a variety of sports for a broad range of youth, primarily in under-resourced communities. However, in keeping with our belief in leveling the field, special consideration is given to two key priority areas:
School-based Sports Programs – Grantmaking in this area seeks to provide youth, particularly in communities that are under-resourced, with maximum access to sports opportunities in a place where they spend most of their day.
Girls in Sports – Grantmaking in this area is designed to increase participation as way to promote leadership through sports and coaching opportunities.
Organizations must provide structured sports activities for youth ages 6 – 17
Organizations must provide programs and activities in one of Southern California’s eight counties: Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara, or Ventura
Organizations must be certified as tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the US Internal Revenue Code and not as a private foundation, as defined in section 509(a) of that code
Organizations must be in good standing with the California Franchise Tax Board through the California Secretary of State
Organizations must have a written policy that addresses its commitment to keep children safe from sexual abuse by preventing, recognizing, and responding to situations that in any way compromise their safety, both on and off the playing field
To organizations that discriminate against certain groups or individuals in the delivery of programs and services on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation or disability
To individual public or private schools, or single-school sites
To individual persons
For travel outside of Southern California
To purchase land
For debt recovery or incurring debt liability
For influencing legislation and/or elections; for political campaigns or candidates
Up to $10,000
Program support, capital support
Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara, or Ventura county