W. M. Keck Foundation

Los Angeles


Grant Details


Our support of Southern California-based organizations enriching the lives of our region's residents has expanded and deepened over the years. We place a special emphasis on children, youth and their families, with the goal of providing safe, healthy, supportive environments that prepare children to succeed in school and in life.

The Southern California Program seeks to promote the education and healthy development of children and youth, strengthen families, and enhance the lives of people in the greater Los Angeles area through its support of organizations that provide arts and cultural enrichment, civic and community services, early childhood and pre-collegiate education, and health care. Projects that address compelling issues and have the potential to have a significant impact on the target population, organization, region, and/or field are encourage. A special emphasis is placed on projects that focus on children and youth from low-income families and special needs populations. Collaborative initiatives as well as projects arising from the vision of one organization's strong leadership are supported.

Grantmaking Approach


Exempt from federal taxation as defined by Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and be designated as:
a public charity (and not a private foundation) as defined by Section 509(a)(1) or 509(a)(2) or 170(b)(1)(A)(I-VI) of the Internal Revenue Code; or
an exempt operating foundation as defined by Section 4940(d)(2).
No grants will be made to private foundations (other than exempt operating foundations) or 509(a)(3) organizations.


General operating expenses, endowments or deficit reduction
General and federated campaigns, including fundraising events, dinners or mass mailings
“Conduit” organizations, unified funds, or organizations using grant funds from donors to support other organizations or individuals
Grants to individuals
Conference or seminar sponsorship
Book publication and film or theater productions
Public policy research
Projects to be undertaken outside Los Angeles County
Requests over $1 million

Unsolicited Application

Grant Size


Funding Uses

Grantee Service Area


$100,000 - $1,000,000

Arts and culture, civic and community service, early childhood, health care, or pre-collegiate education

Capital projects, program support

Los Angeles County

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