Information for Grant Applicants

IMPORTANT: PLEASE READ BELOW AS OUR GRANT PROCESS HAS CHANGED FOR THE 2021 GRANT.

The decision to apply for the Everychild Foundation grant triggers an intensive application process and will involve time and dedication by agency leadership and staff, strategic thinking, and thorough knowledge of agency documentation and resources.

General Information

Number of annual grants: 4

Size of grant: $250,000

Types of grants: Unrestricted Operating Support

Target population: Children in the greater Los Angeles area

Applications process: By invitation only

Format: Use only the Letter of Inquiry form, revised annually and given to invited applicants between September and November of each year.

Grant Outreach for the 2021 grant will open in September 2020.
Grant Outreach for the 2021 grant will close on November 13, 2020.

Grant decision made: June 2021

Grant decision announced: July 2021

Funds available for grantee: July 2021

Exceptions to deadlines: None

Eligibility Guidelines

The following Eligibility Guidelines are for the 2020-2021 Grant Cycle ONLY

Eligibility Guidelines

The following comprise the official eligibility guidelines that are presented on the Everychild Foundation website. These are the guidelines potential grantees review before submitting an LOI. Applicant agencies must meet all of the following eligibility guidelines:

1. The agency is seeking funding for operating support due to the challenges resulting from the Covid 19 crisis, to service the needs of children and youth in Los Angeles County.

2. The critical unmet need identified by the applicant agency can best be addressed by private philanthropy, alone or in combination with public funding.

3. If your agency includes services to adults, you must demonstrate that children are the primary population served, and adult involvement is integrated to improve those services to children.

4. The agency must demonstrate that it has the organizational capacity and experience to:
• Administer our grant, based on the agency’s history of administering grants of comparable size.
• Develop or continue diverse fundraising strategies to sustain ongoing operations.

5. The agency is an acknowledged leader in its field of children’s services.

6. The agency’s board of directors is comprised of unpaid volunteers.

7. The agency is headquartered in and its primary service is focused in Los Angeles County. It does not benefit from a national fundraising affiliation.

8. The agency is non-sectarian and the agency does not proselytize or target sectarian populations for services.

9. The agency is able and willing to help publicize the Everychild Foundation gift and can provide suitable donor recognition opportunities.

Additional Eligibility Guidelines

In the course of evaluating many LOIs, both the Grant Outreach and the Grant Screening Board have further refined some of the eligibility guidelines to take into account various issues. The following points were raised and decided on at prior meetings and represent some of these refinements:

1. While these are operating grants, they should support services focused on children and youth.

2. Grants addressing the prevention of child abuse and neglect may include parent education along with direct services to children.

3. We understand that assistance to homeless children may include their families (e.g. temporary housing).

4. As all our grants are intended to alleviate suffering of children and youth, this may simply involve services providing uplifting activities as opposed to those that may dramatically change lives.

5. Grants addressing medical needs of children may include disability assistance or support services.

6. Grants may focus on the unmet needs of youth, up to age 24.

7. Agencies must be able to show how our grant would specifically be used to serve children. For example, an agency that helps a mixed population of children and adults, where the agency claims a percentage of that population is children, would not satisfy our criteria.

8. We will only consider agencies with a prior year audit that identifies revenues of at least $1 million. Likewise, agencies with very substantial assets or unrestricted large endowments are not per se ineligible, but will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

9. Agencies with prior year (either single or multi-year) deficits are not per se ineligible, but will be considered on a case-by-case basis. These questions would be asked during the Grant Outreach process.

10. While we do not fund traditional public schools or school districts, we will consider charter school projects and educational reform organizations.

Additional Helpful Information

1. Examine the Everychild Foundation website. Carefully review our mission and our past grantees to determine if your agency is a good match for our grant.

2. Determine if your agency has the organizational capacity to implement our grant based on its history of implementing comparable grants and your agency’s history and sophistication in developing diverse fundraising strategies to sustain ongoing operations.

3. Carefully review the eligibility criteria.

Timeline

September – January: The Foundation’s Grant Outreach Committee conducts outreach to potential grant applicants that have been identified by our members and grant consultant, provides the Letter of Inquiry format to eligible applicants, and comments on draft Letters of Inquiry to ensure that they are complete. Draft Letters of Inquiry are due to the Grant Outreach Committee in early December and final letters are due in late January.

February: The GSB reviews Letters of Inquiry to determine which meet all eligibility requirements and address the current most pressing needs of children. Applicants are notified whether they are invited to continue with the grant review process and are asked to submit a Document Package that includes the following:

Required Documents

Applicant agencies must provide all of the following documents during the Document Review phase of Grant Screening.

1. Annual report and/or newsletters if applicable. You can also provide copies of any digital communications if you wish. If you are referring us to social media, please include a few printed copies in each set of documents.

2. Functional budget for current year (with columns showing revenue and expenses for management, fundraising, and each program, and including a line that shows any allocated administrative expenses).

3. Audited financial statements for 3 years.

4. Complete IRS Form 990 for the last year filed (including all attachments). Please subsequently forward any 990s that are filed in the next few months as soon as they are completed.

5. IRS certification of 501(c)(3) status.

6. Strategic plan and status report that reflects the strategic direction of the agency.

7. Organizational Chart, Including names of staff in key positions.

8. CVs of key staff.

9. List of major funders over the last 5 years, including dollar amounts and years of grants.

10. Publications, evaluation reports, and accreditations.

11. News coverage, Videos/CDs/DVDs (if any).

12. Board of Directors roster with professional and community affiliations; also include Advisory Board rosters and rosters of other governance or fund raising groups, if applicable.

13. Additional board information, including frequency of board meetings, list of standing committees, frequency of board review of financial statements, length of board terms, board recruitment process, and board giving requirements.

14. List of activities and actions that demonstrate that your agency is a leader in its field of services to children.

15. Disclose information about any lawsuits, present or former leaders’ criminal activities, adverse auditors’ opinions, and accreditation or licensing problems.

The Foundation relies on all statements and documents that applicant agencies provide to us throughout the grant process. Accordingly, any applicant that becomes aware of any material change in its situation or in information provided to us has an obligation to communicate changes in circumstances to the Foundation immediately. The Foundation’s formal Grant Agreement expressly incorporates all information that has been provided to the Foundation by the grantee throughout the application process.