Archstone Foundation: Los Angeles Grants

OVERVIEW: This funder supports programs that keep seniors safe in their homes, prevent senior depression, support caregivers and train a qualified elder care workforce in California.

FUNDING AREAS: The elderly and senior care in California

IP TAKE: This is a highly focused funder that’s perfect if you run programs for the elderly in California. Affordable living and disease prevention and care for seniors have been hot topics in Los Angeles.

PROFILE: The Archstone Foundation is a Southern California grantmaker that focuses its funding on the wellbeing of older adults in the area. It was established in 1985 when a nonprofit HMO, FHP, Inc., became a for-profit corporation and the fair market value of the assets were converted into a charitable foundation. Since the organization had focused on healthcare and Medicare, shifting into elder care grantmaking was a logical route.

Archstone Foundation is now a leading force in the field of aging and philanthropy and has awarded over 900 grants totaling around $90 million. With more and more Californians now living into their 80s, 90s, and even 100s, this type of grantmaking is more important than ever before.

There are four major focus areas that Archstone has within the realm of grantmaking for older adults:

  • Enabling older adults to remain in their homes and communities
  • Improving the treatment of late-life depression
  • Developing innovative responses to the family caregiving needs of older adults
  • Expanding the health care and broader workforce needed to care for, and serve, the rapidly growing and aging population.

Before 2012, the foundation had focused its efforts on elder abuse and neglect, fall prevention, and end-of-life care. Today, keeping seniors safe in their homes, preventing depression, supporting caregivers and training a qualified elder care workforce are the top priorities. Although the foundation is based in Southern California and many grants go to groups in the Los Angeles area, all of California is in focus for this funder.

Archstone awards small grants of $15,000 or less to help organizations fund small-scale projects or boost their capacity. Large grants are over $15,000 and require full board approval (small grants only require approval of the foundation’s proposal review committee.) Both types of grants require an initial LOI to get started. Nonprofits can also submit a letter of inquiry as part of Archstone’s responsive grantmaking strategy, which offers direct service support, local service support, and addresses policy issues. LOIs are only accepted by mail and are reviewed by program staff on a monthly basis.

You can search for grantees by city, name, or other keywords in the grants database. Check the requests for proposals page frequently to learn about open RFPs. General questions can be called into the staff at (562) 590-8665 or submitted via online form.

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