Funding Guidelines

The Green Foundation’s resources are primarily focused on three specific areas – Community Services, Education, and The Arts – with a secondary focus on Special Projects. Preferential attention will be given to institutions exhibiting the following positive factors:

  • A history of achievement, good management, and a stable financial condition.
  • Significant programs with the promise of making a measurable impact.
  • Programs that are sustainable and will not necessitate continued dependence on the Foundation.
  • Institutions must be classified by the IRS as public charities and tax exempt under section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code.

Grant Application Process/Funding Cycle

  • The Green Foundation has a rolling grant application process meaning there are no set deadlines for receipt of Letter of Inquiry submissions.
  • The Foundation has a four-year funding cycle whereby once four years of funding has been received, a period of 24 months off (from the date of the last approved grant) is required.

Institutions Ineligible for Funding

  • Those with net assets or fund balances of less than $100,000.
  • Those seeking multi-year commitments.
  • Those seeking funds for annual meetings, conferences, and/or seminars.
  • Those seeking funds for religious programs.
  • Those seeking funds for capital campaigns.
  • Those seeking funds through direct mail campaigns.
  • ‘Conduit’ institutions, unified funds, fiscal agents, or institutions using grant funds from donors to support other institutions or individuals.
  • Private, Non-Operating Foundations.
  • Individuals.

Geographic Focus

The Foundation is primarily focused on charitable organizations operating in the following areas: Los Angeles County, Orange County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County, and Ventura County. Occasionally we make exceptions for institutions located outside of these areas depending on the nature of the request.