LA84 Foundation: Los Angeles Grants

OVERVIEW: This funder supports youth sports organizations for kids 6 to 17 years old in the eight southernmost counties of Southern California. There are three grant cycles per year.

FUNDING AREAS: Youth sports in Southern California, sports and society, coach training

IP TAKE: Make sure that your SoCal sports proposal includes program participation for girls, ethnic minorities, or developmentally disabled youth.

PROFILE: The LA84 Foundation is the legacy of the 1984 Olympic Games that took place in Los Angeles. Surplus funds from the games served as the foundation’s endowment, and the funder’s mission is to serve youth through sport and increase knowledge about the impact of sports on people’s lives. The geographical target of LA84 grantmaking is the eight southernmost counties of California. Special emphasis is given to the city of Los Angeles, but organizations are considered in the counties of Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara, and Ventura.

This funder prefers to support nonprofits and communities that aren’t served by traditional sports programs. It also looks to include girls, ethnic minorities, and developmentally disabled youth in sports activities. In addition to grantmaking, the foundation also conducts its own youth sports and coaching programs and operates the largest sports research library on the continent, the Paul Ziffren Resource Center. The foundation has also collected sports art and artifacts from the former Helms Athletic Foundation Sports Halls of Fame.

Between 1985 and 2015, the foundation committed over $220 to over 1,100 youth sports organizations that serve over three million kids. Sports programs must benefit kids between the ages of six and 17. Most individual and team sports are considered for grants, without a strong preference towards any one sport. You can see a list of recent grant recipients and featured grantees on the foundation website.

The application process is all online, and your first step in applying is to provide a summary of your program for the staff to consider. The board of directors typically meets in January, June, and October of each year to approve grant requests. Phase I deadlines typically fall in September, February, and June. Many grants fall in the $10,000 to $75,000 range.

General questions about the grant application process can be directed to a program officer by calling 323-730-4620 or by emailing


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