Upcoming Deadlines

We award mini-grants throughout the year and larger grants twice a year. The next grant cycle for our larger grants will start on July 15, 2019 and will end on August 15, 2019. Please read the guidelines below for our main grant cycle to see if you qualify. For information about our mini-grants click here.

Baseline Criteria

The JA Community Foundation is currently focusing our funding on the senior JA community. Priority for grants will be given to organizations that address senior Health and Social Services; second priority will be given to Arts & Culture programs. All grantees will be required to be registered 501c3 organizations and be located in California.

Amount & Length of Funding

JA Community Foundation grant sizes range from $5,000 to $50,000 for new projects or improvements to existing programs. Grants cannot be used for ongoing operating costs.

Organizations may apply for one-time or multi-year grants. For one-time grants, grantees may reapply for a new project if demonstrative goals were achieved. Multi-year grants are contingent on submitted project budgets and determined on a case-by-case basis. Grantees may not reapply for funding while a current grant is open.

Reporting Requirements

Grantees are required to submit a report of project accomplishments within one year after receiving the grant. For multi-year grants, continued funding is dependent on these progress reports. In addition, when events that have a significant impact on the project occur before the scheduled reporting date, the JA Community Foundation should be notified immediately. In order to apply for a new grant, your previous grant’s final report must be submitted and approved by us.

Required Organizational Information 

  • History and Purpose of the organization.
  • Description of the project or program to be funded, including a needs statement and objectives.
  • Copy of the organization’s informational brochure and project brochure (if available.)
  • List of the corporations and foundations that provided funding to your organization in the previous year, along with their contribution amounts.
  • Roster of the organization’s board of directors, advisory board members, and administrative staff.

Required Financial Information 

  • Line-item budget for project to be funded
  • Organization’s current annual budget (revenues and expenditures)
  • Organization’s most recent audited financial statement (if none, please provide organization’s most recent IRS Form 990)


JA Community Foundation does not fund:

  • Individuals
  • Political parties, candidates, or partisan political organizations
  • An organization’s endowment
  • Labor organizations, fraternal organizations, athletic clubs, or social clubs
  • K-12 schools, school districts, or school foundations
  • Scholarships
  • Sectarian or denominational religious organizations, except where the organization demonstrates that their programs are broadly promoted, available to anyone, and free of religious orientation
  • Sports leagues or teams
We only accept grant applications online. If you meet our criteria, click the button below to start the application process. We look forward to hearing from you and receiving your grant proposal.


Starting March 15 2019, we will offer funding for projects that need $5,o00 or less.

Mini-grants are available throughout the year and are independent of our large grant cycle.

Organizations may apply for a mini-grant once per calendar year.

Application Deadlines

Our next grant cycle for large grants will start on July 15, 2019.  

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