Mission & Grantmaking
Guidelines
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MISSION

The LaureL Foundation (“the Foundation”) is committed to improving the lives of disadvantaged children living in Northern California. The Foundation supports educational and social services organizations serving these children, especially those that incorporate the natural world, animals and the empowerment of girls into their programs.

We specifically look for organizations that demonstrate a superior level of integrity and transparency and those that collaborate with other nonprofits with complementary programs.

TYPES OF GRANTS

We consider requests for program support and expansion, challenge/matching grants, advocacy efforts, capacity building, general operating support and capital improvements. We are open to providing seed money for innovative programs. We do not support individuals or lobbying efforts.

A Sampling of Recent Grants

APPLICATION GUIDELINES

The Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals, but will consider 2-3 page letters of inquiry that are received prior
to the deadline set forth below. The narrative should describe how the organization would use the grant funds and, if you received a grant in the prior year, you should attach a brief report on the expenditure of those funds. If invited to submit a full proposal, you will have a month to submit a more thorough narrative. Because the Foundation utilizes a streamlined
grant application process, in most cases, no additional documentation will be requested; however, organizations that have not received a grant in the past or those requesting grants of $50,000 or more will be asked to provide financial information.

TIMELINES

April 22: Due date for letters of inquiry (“LOIs”) – to be uploaded to the Foundation’s online
grants management system
JULY 1: Applicants will be either invited to submit a full proposal narrative or declined.
AUGUST 1: Deadline to submit proposal narrative (and additional documents if requested).
BY OCTOBER 31: Applicants will be notified of the decision on their applications.

Please direct questions about the application process to: Chuck Hoblitzelle, Grants Manager, at: chuck.hoblitzelle@laurel-fdn.org or (949) 216-2212.