Grants

The Long Beach Community Foundation only makes grants to US-based approved 501(C)(3) nonprofit, educational, or governmental organizations. Grants are generated from the funds listed below.

Charitable organizations can set up and access their user accounts in the LBCF grant portal found here:

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2021 grants offered:

Open Application: September 1, 2021
Letter of Intent Deadline: September 29, 2021

The Long Beach Navy Memorial Heritage Association will award grants for qualified historic preservation projects in the City of Long Beach.

Grants will be awarded between $5,000 and $50,000.

The Long Beach Navy Memorial Heritage Association will award grants between $5,000 and $50,000 to qualified US-based approved 501(C)(3) nonprofit, educational, or governmental organizations performing historic preservation projects in the City of Long Beach.

2021-22 Grant Application Schedule:

09/01/2021 Application materials available
09/29/2021 Letter of Intent due to the Long Beach Community Foundation
11/16/2021 Successful letters invited to submit a full proposal
12/17/2021 Full proposals due to Long Beach Community Foundation
February 2022 Grants awarded

Learn more about the Long Beach Navy Memorial Heritage Association Grant Process.

Congratulations to the 2020 Grant Recipients!

KATY STONE MEMORIAL FUND

Open Application: October 28, 2021
Deadline: November 11, 2021

GRANT PURPOSE
The Long Beach Community Foundation is pleased to offer the Katy Stone Memorial Fund Grant.

Katy Stone was a longtime Long Beach resident. She worked for many decades for the Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation, and Marine, where her roles included the superintendent of recreation services and superintendent of aquatics. Multiple generations of Long Beach youth enjoyed the programs that she created and managed. An avid sportswoman, Katy played volleyball and softball, fished, and worked as a ski instructor. After her retirement, she started running marathons and became a world-class lawn bowler. As a member of the Long Beach Lawn Bowling Club, she was on the U.S. national lawn bowling team from 1999 to 2008 and was the U.S. women's singles champion in 2000 and women's pairs champion in 2005. Beloved for her wicked sense of humor and vivid personality, Katy made friends everywhere she went. As a teacher, mentor, manager, sister, and aunt, Katy had a special gift for helping people realize their potential. She lived her philosophy: to meld work and play, to develop both body and mind, and always act in a generous, fun-loving spirit!

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.

DEADLINE
To be considered, the below application must be completed, with all supporting documentation by Thursday, November 11, 2021, at 5 p.m PST.

GRANT SUGGESTIONS
Please submit your application as clearly and succinctly as possible. Don't assume that we know the details of your program or project. Be specific when writing about the impact and sustainability of your project.

AWARDING GRANTS
Grants will be awarded to qualified applicants who administer programs that best address the grant focus. Grants are ultimately decided by members of Katy Stone's family who are advisors to the fund. Successful candidates whose application is highly aligned with the grant purpose may be asked to submit additional information or schedule an interview. Grants will be awarded to US-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, schools, or government institutions serving Long Beach, CA, and be in good standing with the IRS.

AWARD ANNOUNCEMENTS
The announcement of awards is expected on December 31, 2021.

All applicants will receive an automated reply “Thank you for submitting your application. It has been received and we will reach back out to you at a later date” immediately upon submitting their application. This is the acknowledgment that your application has been received. Please do not contact LBCF to verify that your grant has been received.

FUNDING AMOUNT
Grants will be awarded between $5,000 and $20,000.

REPORTING
Reporting is required for every grant received. Reports for grants under $20,000 consist of a one-page account of how the funds were spent, the impact of the program, who was served by the program, and the overall success of the program. Additionally, LBCF requests a testimonial from someone served by your program or recognition on social media. Please tag LBCF in any social media posts, using @LBCommunityFdn on Facebook, Instagram, and/or Twitter.

CONDITIONS
If awarded, the applicant is agreeing to the following conditions:

  1. Changes to any specific line item in the enclosed budget greater than $1,000 or 10% must be approved in writing by LBCF prior to making the change.
  2. The Grantee will use the funds for the purposes approved by LBCF described in this Agreement and understand that any alternative use of funds must be authorized in advance and in writing by LBCF.
  3. Any significant changes in the project and/or organizational leadership should be reported to LBCF within 30 days of the change.

Any application questions can be addressed by contacting the Long Beach Community Foundation at info@longbeachcf.org.

KNIGHT FOUNDATION FUND

By invitation

LBCF serves as a local granting agent for The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. In 2010 Knight announced an initiative with community foundations to promote and support “informed, engaged communities.” In Long Beach, up to $4.5 million has been invested in Knight’s Donor Advised Fund. This fund is managed like an endowment with 4-7% being awarded in grants to the community each year. Email us to learn more.

The Knight Foundation Fund invests in civic innovators using place to adhere to one or more of the following:

  1. Accelerate Civic Engagement: Cities succeed when people feel responsible for actively shaping the future of their communities. Knight Foundation invests in innovation, in governance, and in civic capacity. Knight believes that an engaged community is one where people are attached to the place where they live and are invested in the community’s future. Engagement includes many things, such as choosing to stay in a place, participating in community and civic affairs, voting, volunteering, or simply taking part in the social life of the community. Investments to promote more engaged communities include:
    • Public Spaces: The Knight Foundation invests in connecting people to the places they live and to the public life of the community through the design, construction, and programming of inclusive and equitable public spaces.
    • Opportunity: Knight invests in attracting and retaining people in communities through inclusive and effective pathways to economic opportunity.
    • “Smart Cities” as Responsive Cities: As digital technology reshapes our lives, Knight invests in technology-enabling efforts that help residents connect to each other and become more informed, which helps cities be more responsive to residents.
  1. Attract and keep talented people:  There is no better indicator of a city’s economic success than the percentage of college-educated people in its population. Knight Foundation invests in residents, immigrants, and entrepreneurs as economic growth, job creation, and neighborhood revitalization drivers.
  1. Expand opportunity for all: Opportunity is created in places where people of diverse backgrounds can connect across economic divides and which support the way people work in today’s economy. Knight Foundation invests in places that are primed to accelerate talent and opportunity.

FENNIE COMMUNITY FUND

Application open May 2022

GRANT PURPOSE
The Long Beach Community Foundation is pleased to offer the Fennie Community Fund Grant.

The Fennie Community Fund was created in 1988 through an estate gift from Jack L. Fennie. Grants are awarded for broad and general charitable purposes with a preference for children’s organizations in the communities of Avalon and Long Beach.

Priority may be given to funding projects and programs that align with LBCF’s Community Impact Fund as defined by the LBCF Board. The 2021 LBCF Community Impact Grant focus is the post-pandemic educational and health needs of homeless youth or youth at risk of becoming homeless in Long Beach.

DEADLINE
To be considered, the below application must be completed, with all required documentation by Thursday, June 24, 2021, at 5 p.m PST.

GRANT SUGGESTIONS
Please submit your application as clearly and succinctly as possible. Don't assume that we know the details of your program or project. Be specific when writing about the impact and sustainability of your project.

AWARDING GRANTS
Grants will be awarded based on the program qualifications outlined in the application and selected by the Board-appointed Grants Selection Committee. The Committee will review submitted applications, select successful candidates, and make recommendations for funding. Successful candidates whose application is highly aligned with the grant purpose may be asked to submit additional information or schedule an interview. Grants are made to US-based, 501(C)(3) nonprofits, educational institutions, and government entities serving Long Beach or Avalon and are in good standing with the IRS. If you have a question about your organization's status, please contact us.

AWARD ANNOUNCEMENTS
The announcement of awards is expected on July 26, 2021.

All applicants will receive an automated reply “Thank you for submitting your application. It has been received and we will reach back out to you at a later date” immediately upon submitting their application. This is the acknowledgment that your application has been received.

FUNDING AMOUNT
Grants will be awarded between $5,000 and $10,000.

REPORTING
Reporting is required for every grant received. Reports consist of a one-page account of how the funds were spent, the impact of the program, who was served by the program, and the overall success of the program. Additionally, LBCF requests a testimonial from someone served by your program or recognition on social media. Please tag LBCF in any social media posts, using @LBCommunityFdn on Facebook, Instagram, and/or Twitter.

CONDITIONS
If awarded, the applicant is agreeing to the following conditions:

  1. Changes to any specific line item in the enclosed budget greater than $1,000 or 10% must be approved in writing by LBCF prior to making the change.
  2. The Grantee will use the funds for the purposes approved by LBCF described in this Agreement and understand that any alternative use of funds must be authorized in advance and in writing by LBCF.
  3. Any significant changes in the project and/or organizational leadership should be reported to LBCF within 30 days of the change.

Any application questions can be addressed by contacting the Long Beach Community Foundation at info@longbeachcf.org.

HEALTHY KIDS COALITION FUND

Application open May 2022

GRANT PURPOSE
The Long Beach Community Foundation is pleased to offer the Healthy Kids Coalition Endowment Fund Grant.

The Healthy Kids Coalition Fund was created in 2005 through the dissolution of a Coalition of nine organizations including the City of Long Beach, California State University at Long Beach, Junior League of Long Beach, Long Beach Community Medical Center, Long Beach Unified School District, Memorial Miller Children’s Hospital, St. Mary Medical Center, The Children’s Clinic, and Westside Neighborhood Clinic.

When founded, the Coalition provided a support network for students of the Long Beach Unified School District who did not otherwise have access to basic healthcare services. When the Coalition was disbanded, an endowed fund was created at the Long Beach Community Foundation to continue to support those goals.

Organizations and/or service providers who are able to address basic healthcare needs for underserved children residing in Long Beach are encouraged to apply.

DEADLINE
To be considered, the below application must be completed, with all required documentation by Thursday, June 24, 2021, at 5 p.m PST.

GRANT SUGGESTIONS
Please submit your application as clearly and succinctly as possible. Don't assume that we know the details of your program or project. Be specific when writing about the impact and sustainability of your project.

AWARDING GRANTS
Grants will be awarded based on the program qualifications outlined in the application and selected by the Board-appointed Grants Selection Committee. The Committee will review submitted applications, select successful candidates and make recommendations for funding. Successful candidates whose application is highly aligned with the grant purpose may be asked to submit additional information or schedule an interview. Grants are made to US-based, 501(C)(3) nonprofits, educational institutions, and government entities serving Long Beach who are in good standing with the IRS. If you have a question about your organization's status, please contact us.

AWARD ANNOUNCEMENTS
The announcement of awards is expected on July 26, 2021.

All applicants will receive an automated reply “Thank you for submitting your application. It has been received and we will reach back out to you at a later date” immediately upon submitting their application. This is the acknowledgment that your application has been received.

FUNDING AMOUNT
Grants will be awarded between $1,000 and $3,000.

REPORTING
Reporting is required for every grant received. Reports consist of a one-page account of how the funds were spent, the impact of the program, who was served by the program, and the overall success of the program. Additionally, LBCF requests a testimonial from someone served by your program or recognition on social media. Please tag LBCF in any social media posts, using @LBCommunityFdn on Facebook, Instagram, and/or Twitter.

CONDITIONS
If awarded, the applicant is agreeing to the following conditions:

  1. Changes to any specific line item in the enclosed budget greater than $1,000 or 10% must be approved in writing by LBCF prior to making the change.
  2. The Grantee will use the funds for the purposes approved by LBCF described in this Agreement and understand that any alternative use of funds must be authorized in advance and in writing by LBCF.
  3. Any significant changes in the project and/or organizational leadership should be reported to LBCF within 30 days of the change.

Any application questions can be addressed by contacting the Long Beach Community Foundation at info@longbeachcf.org.

LBCF COMMUNITY IMPACT GRANT

Application open May 2022

2021 GRANT PURPOSE
The Long Beach Community Foundation is pleased to offer the LBCF Community Impact Fund Grant.

The 2021 focus is Homeless Youth and grants will be awarded to qualified applicants who administer programs that best address post-pandemic educational and health needs of homeless youth or youth at risk of becoming homeless in Long Beach.

DEADLINE
To be considered, the below application must be completed, with all required documentation by Thursday, June 24, 2021, at 5 p.m PST.

GRANT SUGGESTIONS
Please submit your application as clearly and succinctly as possible. Don't assume that we know the details of your program or project. Be specific when writing about the impact and sustainability of your project.

Watch this video to learn more about the 2020 awarded grantees

AWARDING GRANTS
Grants will be awarded based on the program qualifications outlined in the application and selected by the Board-appointed Grants Selection Committee. The Committee will review submitted applications, select successful candidates and make recommendations for funding. Successful candidates whose application is highly aligned with the grant purpose may be asked to submit additional information or schedule an interview. Grants are made to US-based, 501(C)(3) nonprofits, educational institutions, and government entities serving Long Beach who are in good standing with the IRS. If you have a question about your organization's status, please contact us.

AWARD ANNOUNCEMENTS
The announcement of awards is expected on July 26, 2021.

All applicants will receive an automated reply “Thank you for submitting your application. It has been received and we will reach back out to you at a later date” immediately upon submitting their application. This is the acknowledgment that your application has been received.

FUNDING AMOUNT
Grants will be awarded between $5,000 and $10,000.

REPORTING
Reporting is required for every grant received. Reports consist of a one-page account of how the funds were spent, the impact of the program, who was served by the program, and the overall success of the program. Additionally, LBCF requests a testimonial from someone served by your program or recognition on social media. Please tag LBCF in any social media posts, using @LBCommunityFdn on Facebook, Instagram, and/or Twitter.

CONDITIONS
If awarded, the applicant is agreeing to the following conditions:

  1. Changes to any specific line item in the enclosed budget greater than $1,000 or 10% must be approved in writing by LBCF prior to making the change.
  2. The Grantee will use the funds for the purposes approved by LBCF described in this Agreement and understand that any alternative use of funds must be authorized in advance and in writing by LBCF.
  3. Any significant changes in the project and/or organizational leadership should be reported to LBCF within 30 days of the change.

Any application questions can be addressed by contacting the Long Beach Community Foundation at info@longbeachcf.org.

AIRPORT NOISE ORDINANCE NEIGHBORHOOD IMPACT FUND

Open Application: July 15, 2021
Deadline: August 26, 2021

GRANT PURPOSE
The Airport Noise Ordinance Neighborhood Impact Fund was created with fines paid by certain airlines who have violated noise restrictions at the Long Beach Airport. These charitable dollars can be used to fund projects that improve or benefit communities impacted by airplane noise from the Long Beach Airport. The Airport Noise Ordinance Neighborhood Impact Fund was funded with fines paid by certain airlines who have violated flight path noise restrictions at the Long Beach Airport. These charitable dollars can be used to fund projects that improve or benefit residents under the flight paths who are most impacted.

The borders of the flight path (as noted on this map within the black area) are meant to serve as a guide to show the most impacted areas.

DEADLINE
To be considered, the below application must be completed, with all supporting documentation by Thursday, August 26, 2021, at 5 p.m PST.

GRANT SUGGESTIONS
Please submit your application as clearly and succinctly as possible. Don't assume that we know the details of your program or project. Be specific when writing about the impact and sustainability of your project.

Examples of worthy projects include public area improvements that benefit the impacted residents, community gatherings, neighborhood festivals, and nonprofit programming benefiting residents within the flight path, just to name a few. The more people benefitting in an area under the flight path, the better. Projects that work to gather people together to encourage neighborliness are prioritized.

AWARDING GRANTS
Grants will be awarded based on the program qualifications outlined in the application and selected by the Board-appointed Grants Selection Committee. The Committee will review submitted applications, select successful candidates and make recommendations for funding. Successful candidates whose application is highly aligned with the grant purpose may be asked to submit additional information or schedule an interview. Grants are made to US-based, 501(C)(3) nonprofits, educational institutions, and government entities serving Long Beach who are in good standing with the IRS. If you have a question about your organization's status, please contact us.

AWARD ANNOUNCEMENTS
The expected announcement of awards will be made on September 27, 2021.

All applicants will receive an automated reply “Thank you for submitting your application. It has been received and we will reach back out to you at a later date” immediately upon submitting their application. This is the acknowledgment that your application has been received.

FUNDING AMOUNT
Award amount between $4,000 and $15,000.

REPORTING
Reporting is required for every grant received. Reports consist of a one-page account of how the funds were spent, the impact of the program, who was served by the program, and the overall success of the program. Additionally, LBCF requests a testimonial from someone served by your program or recognition on social media. Please tag LBCF in any social media posts, using @LBCommunityFdn on Facebook, Instagram, and/or Twitter.

CONDITIONS
If awarded, the applicant is agreeing to the following conditions:

  1. Changes to any specific line item in the enclosed budget greater than $1,000 or 10% must be approved in writing by LBCF prior to making the change.
  2. The Grantee will use the funds for the purposes approved by LBCF described in this Agreement and understand that any alternative use of funds must be authorized in advance and in writing by LBCF.
  3. Any significant changes in the project and/or organizational leadership should be reported to LBCF within 30 days of the change.

Any application questions can be addressed by contacting the Long Beach Community Foundation at info@longbeachcf.org.

NATIONAL PHILANTHROPY DAY

Open Application: July 15, 2021
Deadline: August 26, 2021 Extended to September 7, 2021

GRANT PURPOSE
The Long Beach Community Foundation is pleased to offer the National Philanthropy Day Grant.

National Philanthropy Day is an initiative that honors charitable work across the country and is celebrated in a variety of ways. To honor this philanthropic event, LBCF has completed a beautification project for a local nonprofit property or building for the last 5 years. These events give LBCF staff and board members the opportunity to be out In the community, literally roll up their sleeves, and make a meaningful and personal impact with a Long Beach nonprofit.

DEADLINE
To be considered, the below application must be completed, with all required documentation by Thursday, August 26, 2021, at 5 p.m. PST. 

GRANTS SUGGESTIONS
The following types of projects will be considered:

  • Physical improvement projects that can be completed with a budget under $5,000.
  • Projects that provide volunteers with a one-day makeover project that has a significant “before and after” effect.
  • Projects that will utilize or greatly benefit from volunteer manpower generated by many untrained volunteers.
  • Projects that require a skilled labor force or a licensed contractor will be considered, but the ideal projects are largely cosmetic to utilize volunteers.
  • External façade improvements will be given preference so that the entire community can appreciate and benefit from the make-over.

Considerations: How will your Board and/or stakeholders participate in this project?  (i.e.: contribute resources to this proposed project / actively participate in the volunteer efforts on the day of the project)

Past beneficiaries of these efforts have included:

  • Young Horizons Preschool (50-foot external mural painting and additional cosmetic upgrades to building entry)
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Long Beach (community garden installation)
  • Precious Lamb Preschool (playground and consultation room renovation)
  • Long Beach Rescue Mission’s Lydia House for women (outdoor living space renovation)
  • Mental Health America Long Beach Wellness Center (exterior paint, landscaping, and updated signage)
  • Un Mundo de Amigos Preschool (exterior mural)

Please submit your application as clearly and succinctly as possible. Don't assume that we know the details of your program or project. Be specific when writing about the impact and sustainability of your project.

AWARDING GRANTS
Grants will be awarded based on the program qualifications outlined in the application and selected by the Board-appointed Grants Selection Committee. The Committee will review submitted applications, select successful candidates and make recommendations for funding. Successful candidates whose application is highly aligned with the grant purpose may be asked to submit additional information or schedule an interview. Grants are made to US-based, 501(C)(3) nonprofits, educational institutions, and government entities located in Long Beach who are in good standing with the IRS. If you have a question about your organization's status, please contact us.

AWARD ANNOUNCEMENTS
The announcement of awards is expected on September 27, 2021.

All applicants will receive an automated reply “Thank you for submitting your application. It has been received and we will reach back out to you at a later date” immediately upon submitting their application. This is the acknowledgment that your application has been received.

FUNDING AMOUNT
Grants will be awarded at approximately $5,000.

REPORTING
Reporting is required for every grant received. Reports consist of a one-page account of how the funds were spent, the impact of the program, who was served by the program, and the overall success of the program. Additionally, LBCF requests a testimonial from someone served by your program or recognition on social media. Please tag LBCF in any social media posts, using @LBCommunityFdn on Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter.

CONDITIONS
If awarded, the applicant is agreeing to the following conditions:

  1. Changes to any specific line item in the enclosed budget greater than $1,000 or 10% must be approved in writing by LBCF prior to making the change.
  2. The Grantee will use the funds for the purposes approved by LBCF described in this Agreement and understand that any alternative use of funds must be authorized in advance and in writing by LBCF.
  3. Any significant changes in the project and/or organizational leadership should be reported to LBCF within 30 days of the change.

Any application questions can be addressed by contacting the Long Beach Community Foundation at info@longbeachcf.org.