How to Apply

Step One

All prospective grantees must first answer a series of questions to determine whether your organization is eligible to apply for a new grant. As of June 2017, the Foundation has updated its guidelines regarding capital requests.

If, after reviewing this website, with particular attention to the Application Procedures/Grants Not Supported section below and the Resource Guide, you believe that your organization fits within the Foundation’s current funding priorities and interests, please complete the Foundation’s eligibility quiz.

All prospective grantees must first take the eligibility quiz.

Step Two

If the Foundation determines from the eligibility quiz that the project request is within the Foundation’s priorities and interests, the organization will be provided with the instructions and forms required to prepare and submit a formal, online application. If your organization has passed the eligibility quiz and is returning to complete an in-progress application, please visit the following link: 


If invited to submit an application, the following information/documents will be required for submission online: 

  • Brief purpose and history of organization
  • Brief outline of program for which funds are being sought and program budget
  • Specific amount you are requesting from the Foundation
  • Geographic area, demographics of population, and the number of individuals served annually
  • How program outcomes will be measured and assessed
  • List of Board of Directors and affiliations
  • Current operating budget
  • One-Year Itemized Project Budget for Request (an Excel-editable template form will be provided)
  • Most recent audited financials
  • Most recent tax report to IRS (generally Form 990)
  • IRS Exemption Letter
  • Funding History (10 largest non-governmental grants received in the last three fiscal years including grantor name, purpose, amount, and date awarded)
  • If applicable:
    • Explanation of audit and/or pending legal action(s)
    • Any licenses and/or proof of accreditation(s)
    • Capital Expenditures
    • If seeking capital funding, evidence that all state, county, and local requirements have been met

Grant Guidelines

The Rose Hills Foundation supports qualified tax-exempt charitable organizations for the benefit of the people of Southern California with a current emphasis on organizations based in and serving Los Angeles County.

Grants Supported

Preferential attention will be given to organizations exhibiting the following positive factors: 

  • A history of achievement, good management, and a stable financial condition
  • Organizations that allocate a high percentage of their operating expenses directly to their programs
  • Programs that are self-sustaining and will not necessitate continued dependence on the Foundation
  • Programs where the Foundation’s gift is matched or multiplied
  • Programs consistent with the Foundation’s identified areas of interest
  • Programs which will benefit people of Southern California
  • Programs which will reach the greatest number of people at the most reasonable cost
  • Significant programs with the promise of making a measurable impact

Grants Not Supported

At the present time, the Foundation will not entertain grant applications for: 

  • An endowment
  • Athletic/sports leagues
  • California State Universities
  • Capital projects for private, independent, or parochial schools (K-12)
  • Community colleges
  • Documentary filmmaking or television programming
  • Educational foundations
  • Elementary and middle schools (K-8), including but not limited to charter schools
  • Government agencies
  • Grants to pass-through organizations or foundations which then provide grants or awards to sub-recipients to carry out programs or receive and redistribute donated funds
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    • Hospitals/hospital foundations
    • Individuals
    • Medical research
    • Organizations primarily serving the San Fernando Valley, the Antelope Valley, or Long Beach
    • Organizations/programs supporting animal welfare and rescue
    • Organizations/programs supporting specific diseases, i.e. cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, heart disease, kidney disease, etc.
    • Organizations under fiscal sponsorship of another 501(c)(3) organization
    • Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs)
    • Political candidates, political campaigns, or organizations engaged in political activities
    • Programs which promote religious doctrine
    • Propagandizing, influencing legislation and/or elections, or promoting voter registration
    • Skilled living or nursing facilities, and retirement homes
    • Special events, including but not limited to fundraisers, galas, dinners, tournaments, conferences, and expositions