The California Endowment’s grant making is guided broadly by our Building Healthy Communities work and by the guidelines of each of our grant types. We award single and multi-year grants and direct charitable activity contracts. Through our program-related investment (PRI) program we provide financing that advances The Endowment’s programmatic goals via loans, loan guarantees, and other financial products.

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

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

Our types of funding consist of:

  • General Operating Support Grants
  • Project Grants
  • Program Support Grants
  • Direct Charitable Activities Contracts

In collaboration with our grantees and partners, we seek to use these grantmaking tools to expand access to affordable, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities, and to promote fundamental improvements in the health status of all Californians.

Our grantees are:

  • U.S. 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that are not classified as private foundations
  • Government entities
  • Faith-based organizations that welcome and serve all members of the community
  • For-profit entities

Individuals are not eligible for funding, nor are:

  • 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 advance a particular religious faith. (Faith-based organizations may be eligible for funding if they welcome and serve all members of the community.)

Awarded Grants:

You can learn more about grants made in each program area through the Foundation Center’s Foundation Map for The California Endowment.




This section provides guidance and links for The Endowment’s online reporting process. Reports are required as a condition of our grants, program-related investments, and contracts and may be submitted electronically. Grantees and borrowers should refer to their specific grant, loan, or contract agreement for details on the types of reports required and submission deadlines. It is the grantee’s or borrower’s responsibility to notify The Endowment about any potential delays in reporting.

Please note that grantees and PRI recipients must create online accounts to access grant and reporting information. Grants Administration sets up the account based on the Monitoring Form that goes out with the award agreement. Then, when the grantee wants to sign in for the first time, he or she goes to the login page, enters the email address that was provided to us on the Monitoring Form, and then clicks “Forgot Password?” so that the system can create a temporary password for first time log-on.

Program managers determine the reporting requirements for their grantees, often in consultation with the organization receiving the funding. Please review your agreement for reporting requirements. In most cases, grant reports include a narrative update and financial report, both due at certain intervals during the grant period.

If you have questions regarding online reporting, please contact or your grants analyst. Depending on the question, your answer will come via e-mail or telephone. We strive to respond within 2 to 3 business days.




Grant Application Process

The Endowment’s funding opportunities are by invitation only.

Our program staff are engaged with their respective campaigns and make every effort to be aware of emerging and ongoing initiatives. The Endowment program managers solicit, or invite, applications from organizations that are advancing the foundation’s programmatic priorities. If your organization is invited to apply, you will receive instructions about using our online application system.

All solicited or invited organizations are e-mailed a link to access our application system.

Proposal Review Process

To be eligible for consideration, a request for funding must include a completed application, required supplementary documents, completed organizational diversity data, and a current GuideStar profile.

You will receive an e-mail confirmation when your application has been successfully submitted.

All potential grantee organizations and their programs are assessed by a program manager who discusses the proposed work with the prospective grantee and determines the organization’s capacity to undertake it.

All proposed grants and written submissions undergo a legal and financial review to ensure eligibility and the financial health of the prospective grantee.

In most cases, we will let you know about the outcome of your application within 6 to 8 weeks. Once a request is approved, grantees receive e-mail notification via TCE’s electronic signature tool DocuSign with a link to the award documents.

Required Supplementary Documents & Information

Initial Grant Payment

Once a grant or contract is approved, the authorized signer for the organization will receive the DocuSign email containing an award letter or award agreement with reporting requirements, a monitoring and/or payment form, and other grant- or contract-related information. The authorized signer should review, sign, and promptly return these documents via DocuSign.

The Endowment issues electronic payments via an ACH credit directly to the grantee’s or consultant’s bank account.  In order to process payments, a correct and completed payment form is required. 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 Endowment will issue a paper check that will be mailed via U.S. postal service.



The Matching Gifts Program reinforces The California Endowment’s mission by encouraging members of the Board of Directors and employees to contribute to qualifying charitable organizations.

Program Overview

The Endowment matches individual contributions of $25 or more by donating three dollars ($3.00) for every dollar ($1.00) contributed by an eligible Participant (“Participant”)to an eligible Charitable Organization (“Organization”). An Organization’s mission statement must include “health” or has a specific program related to health and whose purpose is consistent with The Endowment’s mission.

The California Endowment’s mission is to expand access to affordable, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities, and to promote fundamental improvements in the health status of all Californians.

Eligible Participants or Charitable Organizations click on one of the buttons below to enter The Endowment’s Matching Gifts Program:






Under the Program, the following individuals qualify as eligible:

  • Members of The Endowment’s Board of Directors
  • Employees
  • Non-Directors Committee Members
  • Non-Directors Committee Members

Under the Program, eligible Organizations must meet all of the following:

  • Charitable organizations whose mission statement includes “HEALTH” or has a specific program related to health, whose purpose is consistent with The Endowment’s mission—to expand access to affordable, quality healthcare for underserved individuals and communities and to promote fundamental improvements in the health status of all Californians
  • Must be recognized by the United States I.R.S. as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and a specific impact to California must exist.

The organization’s mission statement shall be verified by the eligible Participant prior to applying for the Matching Gifts.

Gift Amount 

The Endowment will match tax-deductible contributions made by an eligible Participant in cash, check or credit card to an Eligible Organization ranging from a minimum of $25 to a maximum of $25,000. Three dollars ($3.00) will be matched to every dollar ($1.00) contributed.

The “minimum” refers to a contribution to a single eligible Organization within The Endowment’s fiscal year, and the “maximum” refers to the aggregate contribution to one or more eligible Organizations within The Endowment’s fiscal year. Any non-deductible portion of a contribution will not be matched.

Funding Restrictions

The Endowment’s funds may not be used:

  • To carry on propaganda, or otherwise attempt to influence any legislation (within the meaning of Code Section 4945(d)(1);
  • To influence the outcome of any specific public election or to carry on, directly or indirectly, any voter registration drive (within the meaning of Code Section 4945(d)(2);
  • To make any grant which does not comply with the requirements of Code Section 4945(d)(3) or (4);
  • For any purpose other than one specified in Code Section 170(c)(2)(B); and
  • For fees for any services resulting in substantial personal benefit including membership, alumni dues, subscriptions or tickets to events or dinners.


For questions or comments on the Matching Gifts Program, please contact:

Erin Botto
Phone: 1-800-449-4149 x 4305