Grant Opportunity: Knight Foundation Donor Advised Fund

The Spring 2019 application is now closed.

  • February 2019 — Application Materials Available
  • Wednesday –  March 6, 2019 — Letters of Intent (LOI) Due to Long Beach Community Foundation (no later than 5 pm) see details below
  • Wednesday –  March 20, 2019 — Successful Candidates Invited to Submit Full Proposal
  • Wednesday – April 3, 2019 — Full Proposals Due to Long Beach Community Foundation (no later than 5 pm)
  • Wednesday –  April 17, 2019 — All Grant Applicants Notified

2019 Knight Foundation Grant Opportunity

The Knight Foundation Fund, a fund with the Long Beach Community Foundation, supports the success of our communities through investments that

  • attract, retain, and harness talent;
  • expand opportunity by increasing entrepreneurship and economic mobility;
  • support civic infrastructure to accelerate the growth of ideas and bring people from diverse social and economic backgrounds together.

Such projects and programs will enable our communities to succeed in a rapidly changing world. After carefully reviewing the grant focus (below), submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) (not to exceed one page) that includes the following:

  • An introduction to your organization.
  • Your organization’s 501(c)(3) nonprofit tax identification number.
  • A description of your project and specifically how it meets the grant criteria.
  • Project start and completion dates.
  • Project budget.
  • Total grant request. (Grants are typically awarded between $10,000 and $50,000.)

Upon timely receipt, your LOI will be reviewed for eligibility and relationship to the grant focus. Projects that best meet the grant priorities will be invited to submit a full proposal.

All LOIs must be received no later than 5 pm on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 by email to (PDF Format) or postal mail to: LBCF, 400 Oceangate, Suite 800, Long Beach, CA 90802. 

Questions? Call (562­) 435-­9033.

Activation of Harvey Milk Park (pictured above) was funded, in part, by the Knight Initiative. 

Knight Grant Focus

The Knight Foundation Fund invests in civic innovators using place to:

  1. Attract and keep talented people, as 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.

How will your project attract and retain the best and brightest?

  1. Expand opportunity for all by creating 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.

How will your program expand economic opportunity and break down divides?

  1. Accelerate Civic Engagement because cities will only succeed when people feel responsible for actively shaping the future of their communities.

Knight Foundation invests in innovation in governance and civic capacity.

How will your program spur connection and civic engagement?

Does Your Project…

  • Represent a true innovation?
  • Have the ability to be breakthrough or transformative?
  • Accelerate learning and the exchange of ideas?
  • Have a champion equipped to execute?
  • Have a path toward sustainability or completion?
  • Promote retention and attraction of talent?
  • Enhance opportunity and economic mobility?
  • Incorporate opportunities for robust citizenship and/or engagement?
  • Result in a change that can be seen or felt in the near term?