Grant Information

Partnering with the Community to Improve the Health of All Californians

Grant Information
Grant Information

The California Endowment's grant making is guided by our three bolds ideas: People Power, Reimaging Institutions and a 21st Century Health System for All.

The California Endowment does not accept unsolicited letters of intent or proposals. Funding opportunities are by invitation only.

Our types of funding:

Single & multi-year grants

Single & multi-year grants

Program support grants

Program support grants

General operating support grants

General operating support grants

Contract

Direct Charitable Activity (DCA) contracts

Financial benefits

Program-Related Investments (PRI)

Special project grants (SPGs)

Special project grants (SPGs)

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Who we fund includes:

  • 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that are not classified as private foundations
  • California state and local government entities
  • Faith-based organizations that welcome and serve all members of the community
Who we fund includes

We do not fund:

  • Individuals
  • Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity and expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, sexual orientation, or veteran status
  • Organizations that require membership in a certain religion or that advance a particular religious faith
  • Political campaigns, voter registration drives or lobbying for specific legislation
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Grants Application Process

The California Endowment’s funding opportunities are by invitation only.

Submit application

Step 1: Submit application

After receiving an invitation, all requests for funding must include a completed application, any required supplementary documents, and a current GuideStar profile.

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Submission confirmation

Step 2: Submission confirmation

When your application has been successfully submitted, you will receive an e-mail confirmation.

Eligibility review

Step 3: Eligibility review

All prospective grantees undergo a legal, financial, and programmatic review to ensure eligibility and financial health.

Typically the application review process is completed within 6 to 8 weeks.

If a request is approved, grantees will receive an email notification and award documents via DocuSign, The California Endowment’s electronic signature tool.

Grantee Payment & Reporting

Grant payment

Once a grant is approved, the authorized signer for the organization will receive an email. This email will link to an Award Letter and/or Award Agreement, and other grant-related information. The authorized signer should review, sign, and promptly return these documents.

Once executed award documents are received, The California Endowment will issue an electronic payment via an ACH credit directly to the grantee’s bank account. Fees of $0.10-$0.20 may be imposed by the receiving bank for each ACH transaction. Grantees should contact their bank representative for details.

Upon request, The California Endowment will issue a paper check for a first payment that will be mailed via U.S. Postal Service.

Grantee reporting

Grantees should refer to their executed Award Agreements for details on their reporting schedules and requirements. It is the responsibility of the grantee to notify The California Endowment about any potential delays in reporting.

Grant reports typically include a narrative progress report and a project expenditure report, and are due at specific intervals during the grant period.

Access the Grantee Reporting Portal

If you have questions regarding online reporting, please contact gms@calendow.org or your grants analyst.

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Direct Charitable Activities

The California Endowment enters into Direct Charitable Activity (DCA) contracts with for-profit and non-profit entities by invitation only.

What are Direct Charitable Activities (DCAs)?

Direct Charitable Activities are those activities that are consistent with The California Endowment’s mission, but are conducted by The California Endowment (or its contractors) and whose primary and significant purpose is to achieve The California Endowment’s charitable purpose, though the activities may produce an incidental, shared or mutual benefit to a third party.

DCA request and review process

The California Endowment’s Program Managers are engaged with their respective campaigns and are responsible for identifying prospective contractors who could provide services and assistance to achieve or advance The California Endowment’s charitable purpose.

Submit application

Step 1: Submit application

Prospective contractors selected to apply will receive an email that contains a link for submitting their contract application and supplemental documents for review.

Submission confirmation

Step 2: Submission confirmation

Our Program, Finance, and Legal teams will review the submitted application and documents to determine the prospective contractor’s capacity and eligibility to complete the proposed contract deliverables.

Eligibility review

Step 3: Eligibility review

In addition to an internal review, The California Endowment also conducts an external review of the prospective contractor. As such, the prospective contractor may be asked to provide additional documents and information to establish the organization’s legal name and/or independent contractor status and budget information as it relates to the proposed project.

If The California Endowment elects to enter into an agreement, contractors will receive an email notification and contract documents via DocuSign, The California Endowment’s electronic signature tool.

Sample PRI Recipients

Our PRI recipients are dedicated to serving vulnerable and disinvested communities in California. Here are just a few examples of our PRI partners:

Community Investment Guarantee Pool

Community Investment Guarantee Pool

In January 2020, The California Endowment, in partnership with LOCUS Impact Investing and foundations across the country, launched the nation’s first guarantee pool focused on community needs.
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Self Help Federal Credit Union

Self Help Federal Credit Union

SHFCU has been a long-term partner of The California Endowment. The CDFI provides responsible and fair financial products to low-income populations and is building a more equitable and just financial system in California.
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California FreshWorks

California FreshWorks

TCE is a long-term supporter of California FreshWorks, a program focused on increasing healthy food access and a more just and equitable food system in California.
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Genesis LA

Genesis LA

This community development financial institution is a partner of The California Endowment in Southern California. Genesis works in close collaboration with community to finance projects that support nonprofits, affordable housing, community facilities and economic development.

Mission-Related Investments

The California Endowment made its first MRI over a decade ago. An additional $50 million commitment to Mission-Related Investments (MRIs) was made in 2020 to further explore how The Endowment can use its investment capacity in alignment with its mission. MRIs differ from PRIs, as they seek a market-rate return in addition to impact returns.

Through investing in MRIs, The Endowment seeks to participate in the development of the growing impact investing field and increase the number of institutional fund managers that have the expertise to authentically consider impact as part of their investment theses. We also join our peers in the movement to address the racial wealth gap and inequitable access to capital among women and people of color.

If you have questions regarding online reporting, please contact impactinvesting@calendow.org.