Guidelines

The Douglas Foundation will consider grants to assist credible agencies and institutions serving the disadvantaged, as well as projects benefiting the general community. Grant requests from credible agencies or institutions will be entertained for both specific programs and capital expenditures.

Grants are usually awarded for a limited period. Some grants may be paid over a multi-year period. However, the Foundation generally does not approve grants to any organization on a continuing, annual basis.  The Foundation’s Trustees have final approval of all grants.

Geographic Area of Grant Focus

Preference is given to organizations providing services in the following Southern California counties: Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and Ventura. 

Applicant Eligibility

Not-for-profit organizations certified as tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code are eligible for consideration. These organizations cannot also be private foundations as defined in section 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code. 

Application Process

Grant applications can be made at the Foundation’s invitation or by referral from organizations the Foundation funds or is otherwise associated with.

The Foundation accepts and processes applications for grants throughout the year with no fixed deadlines.

To better understand the Foundation’s funding guidelines please see the FAQ section of the web site. If, after reviewing this information, you believe these are compatible with your organization’s needs, and you have been invited or referred as described above, you should address a brief letter of inquiry to the Douglas Foundation.

This letter should include: brief descriptions of your organization and the project for which funding is sought; the total cost of the project, as well as sub-totals for both direct project and administrative costs; the amount requested; and a balance sheet reflecting the current financial status of your organization. A copy of the Internal Revenue Service letter of determination granting your organization 501(c)(3) status should also be included. Please also include the Foundation’s letter of invitation or, if being referred by another agency, that agency’s letter of recommendation. Other supporting data may also accompany the letter of inquiry. 

The letter of inquiry may be submitted via U.S. mail or email as follows:

The Douglas Foundation
141 El Camino Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Phone: 310-274-5294
Fax: 310-274-2537

If the Foundation determines that the project meets its guidelines, the applicant will be provided with the forms required for a formal application.

The availability of grant funds allows only a limited number of favorable responses to grant requests. The Foundation’s lack of approval for any funding request should not be considered an indication of lack of appreciation for the merit and worthiness of either the proposal or the organization seeking support, and that organization may apply again the following year.

The Foundation may, at its sole discretion, initiate meetings to discuss letters of inquiry or formal applications, or to schedule site visits. 

Grant Limitations

Grant limitations conform to the IRS’s compliance guidelines for 501(c)(3) public charities. You can obtain a copy of these guidelines at: http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p4221pc.pdf