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Frequently Asked Questions

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.

As of July 29, 2020, the Foundation is prioritizing organizations and programs responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and primarily benefitting low-income, vulnerable individuals and families in L.A. County, specifically direct, on-the-ground programs/services such as healthcare, food, logistics, and related human/social services. The Foundation is also prioritizing organizations offering a substantial portion of their core programs and services (either online or in-person) while adapting to COVID-19-related regulations and protocols.

In addition, we are continuing to see greatly increased needs in the nonprofit community resulting from the current economic fallout and substantial shutdown of parts of the economy. Thus, we are still accepting applications outside of the “on-the ground services” mentioned above, but on-the-ground social services are the main priority area for the Board of Directors at this time. The Foundation will take into account the number of clients impacted, community needs, programmatic and organizational sustainability, and the scope and impact of online and in-person programming when considering requests.

As of July 29, 2020, the Foundation is not accepting new applications to support arts and cultural activities generally, including but not limited to museums, gardens, and performances. However, the Foundation may consider applications for arts education programming benefiting primarily low-income, underserved youth, taking place within and in conjunction with Title I schools and institutions for at-risk populations in L.A. County.

Please note that currently, the Foundation is not accepting multi-year requests (i.e. grant requests will be limited to one year of funding). Furthermore, due to an influx of inquiries, applications may be delayed or deferred for consideration at a later date, and if approved, grant awards will likely be smaller than in the past.

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. 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. Currently the Foundation is not accepting multi-year requests (i.e. grant requests will be limited to one year of funding).

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?

As of March 18, 2020, the Foundation is no longer accepting new requests for specific projects with capital expenditures such as land or facility purchase, new construction, or renovation. However, requests for equipment or supplies related to the current crisis will be accepted (e.g. masks, gloves, and other medical supplies as well as technology to support mobile work and access).

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?

As of March 18, 2020, due to limited staff capacity and the volume of inquiries, we are unable to schedule check-in phone calls with every organization. Generally, the best first step is to review our application procedures and grant guidelines (available under How to Apply).

In addition, there is an online eligibility quiz that may clarify the Foundation’s priorities and interests. We recommend that your organization take the eligibility quiz and, if eligible, submit the new, short-form LOI, as 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 officers, 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?
As of July 29, 2020, and per state and local guidelines and recommendations, the Foundation’s President and staff will not conduct in-person site visits and/or in-office meetings until future notice. The Foundation’s President and program staff member may be available to meet with organization representatives via phone/email/video-conference consultation, as time allows.
Do you conduct site visits to all organizations that have submitted a formal application?

Program officers 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.

As of July 29, 2020, per state and local guidelines and recommendations, a program staff member may schedule a telephone or video-conference meeting in lieu of in-person site visits until future notice.

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.

* For current grantees whose grants are ending on 6/30/20 or 9/30/20 2020 (i.e. your final report is due on 6/30/20 or 9/30/20), the Foundation is relaxing the requirement to wait one year since the last payment date before reapplying. You may submit a new request via your online grantee account, beginning with the eligibility quiz.

Our organization is a current grantee. How do we submit our progress report, final report, or other reporting requirements online?
For current grantees with reporting requirements due in 2020 (i.e. 6/15/20, 6/30/20, 9/15/20, 9/30/20, 12/1/20, and 12/15/20), those reporting requirements have been waived. This means you do not have to submit a report via your online grantee account.

Note: Colleges and Universities in the Foundation’s Science and Engineering Initiative should check in with your program officer, Karli Baumgardner, via email, regarding reporting requirements. High Schools in the current Independent and Parochial High School Scholarship Initiative (2016-2020) should check in with your program staff, Rebecca Newman and Derek Oye, via email, regarding 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 Please use the subject line “General Inquiry.”