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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I create and access my online account in the new grant management system?

The Foundation is accepting new grant applications. Please visit the How to Apply page of our website for instructions and the new application link.

Upon clicking on the application link, you will be brought to the Foundation’s grantee portal landing page. On the right side of the screen, you will see a “Sign In” box. Click “create an account” and enter your email address. After submitting, you will receive an email from noreply@givingdata.com containing your username and a link to activate your account. Please click on the link to activate your account and create a password. All organizations must create a new account and password in the new grants management system in order to apply. 

After creating your account, you may sign in with your newly created username and password and begin the grant application.

What type of organizations do you fund?
The Rose Hills Foundation supports qualified tax-exempt charitable organizations for the benefit of Southern California with a current emphasis on organizations based in and serving Los Angeles County. From time to time, the Directors may elect to support nonprofit organizations of special interest, which are within the Foundation’s broad charter but may be outside of the Foundation’s current areas of emphasis. Such grants are initiated by the Directors at their discretion; unsolicited proposals are not accepted for special projects.
Are there any deadlines?

The Rose Hills Foundation accepts and processes applications for grants throughout the year with the expectation of grant distributions on a quarterly basis. Depending on timing, requests are reviewed at one of five annual Board Meetings. At times, there may be an approximate wait of up to eight months prior to a request being reviewed.

Unfortunately the Foundation will not be able to support every request, and even if approved, funding may be at a reduced level and/or scheduled for payment in the next calendar year.

How do I apply to the Foundation?
Should I send in my request via courier service or FedEx?

The Foundation only accepts new inquiries online. Please refer to How to Apply regarding how to proceed.

How do we check on the status of our request?

The Foundation’s online application system will automatically notify you after taking our eligibility quiz whether or not your organization qualifies to submit a formal, online application. The Foundation staff will correspond with you via email regarding next steps in the application process after reviewing your submitted materials.

What is the range of dollar amounts that the Foundation grants and over what time period?

Grants may range from $10,000.00 to million-dollar commitments depending on project and budget of organization. The Foundation’s Directors may opt to grant less than the amount requested, depending upon resources available. As a general rule of thumb, the Foundation asks applicants to justify their request amount based on the organizational and/or project’s total budget and other funding sources. The Foundation is accepting multi-year requests (limited to two years of funding).

Please note, due to an influx of inquiries, application processing may be delayed because the Foundation only meets five times a year.

May we request a grant for ongoing operating expenses?

Yes. The Foundation is interested in supporting efforts that continue, expand, or enhance services and organizational capabilities.

Does the Foundation fund capital campaigns and expenditures?
Prior to requesting a grant for specific projects with capital expenditures such as land or facility purchase, new construction, equipment, or renovation, email Ingrid Hillebrand, Grants and Office Manager, at the Foundation to schedule a call with our President and CEO, Victoria Rogers.
Does the Foundation support other types of capacity building projects?

Yes. Grants are made for specific projects that strengthen an agency’s ability to achieve its mission and goals. Some examples are hiring additional management or development personnel, introducing new technology, improving the measurement and assessment of program outcomes, or adapting services to a new program model.

We have a project that appears to fit within the Foundation's guidelines. Should we set up a meeting with the Foundation staff to present our ideas?

Generally, the best first step is to review our application procedures and grant guidelines (available under How to Apply) as well as these FAQs, and if you feel your organization meets the requirements, you may take the online eligibility quiz available via our website.

The online eligibility quiz may clarify the Foundation’s current guidelines, priorities, and interests. After taking the quiz, if eligible your organization will receive an application and may submit. This will allow you to share your current needs and circumstances with Foundation staff for review and consideration. You are welcome to contact the program staff, via email, for clarification about the Foundation’s interests or to seek further assistance regarding our online application process.

What is your policy on site visits and in-office meetings?
The Foundation’s President and program staff members may be available to meet with organization representatives, but due to limited availability, a phone/email/video-conference consultation is encouraged and often equally useful. Site visits will be initiated by program staff as needed and as time allows.
Do you conduct site visits to all organizations that have submitted a formal application?
Program staff determine the most effective methods by which to gather additional information they need and, if necessary, will contact you to schedule time to review your application.
If we do not pass the Foundation's eligibility quiz, what should we do?

If you do not pass the eligibility quiz, please email either of the Foundation program officers for feedback on what can be improved. In your email please copy and paste the list of eligibility questions, and a program officer will follow up with you. Please also note that not passing the eligibility quiz will not prevent your organization from completing the quiz again within the next year. 

How much time must elapse between applications?

Applicants may submit a proposal one year after the final payment of a grant has been disbursed and all requirements have been received. All applicants will be screened via an online eligibility quiz; written/paper inquiries are no longer accepted. After submitting an application, if your request does not meet the Foundation’s guidelines and current program interests and you are notified via email or written notification, please wait twelve (12) months from the date of declination before contacting the Foundation again.

Our organization is a current grantee. How do we submit our progress report, final report, or other reporting requirements online?

All grant reports will be submitted online through our new grants management and reporting system. If you have not yet created an account, please do so at your earliest convenience and notify a program staff member once complete. Approximately 45-60 days prior to your grant report’s due date, the system will notify you that the report is ready to view and complete. Please proceed to attach and upload any outstanding reporting requirements and supporting documents. If your organization does not receive the reporting notification email at least 30 days before your requirement is due, please first check to ensure that the email has not been filtered as spam and then, if necessary, email the Foundation program staff assigned to your grant.

Note: Colleges and Universities in the Foundation’s Science and Engineering Initiative should check in with your program officer, Karli Baumgardner, via email, regarding any questions about reporting requirements. High schools in the current Independent and Parochial Scholarship Initiative should check in with your program officer, Derek Oye, via email, regarding any questions about reporting requirements.

Is there any advantage to contacting Foundation Directors directly?

Contact with Foundation Directors about a grant application is normally not encouraged. However, we recognize that there are professional and personal relationships which may make contact reasonable. It should be emphasized, however, that the application process remains the same for all qualified organization, and all final decisions are the result of a careful staff analysis, followed by an assessment and vote of the entire Board of Directors.

If I have more questions, who do I contact?

For general inquires not answered on this website, please direct your emails to Ingrid Hillebrand, grants and office manager, at ihillebrand@rosehillsfoundation.org. Please use the subject line “General Inquiry.”