The Rose Hills Foundation: Los Angeles Area Grants

OVERVIEW: The Board of Directors are pretty flexible when considering grant proposals, but most grantees have received funding for programs related to higher education, the natural sciences, and engineering.

IP TAKE: Rose Hills grants can vary widely in terms of size and subject matter. However, one constant is that the Board of Directors gives strong preference to nonprofits that operate in and serve Los Angeles County.

PROFILE: Created in 1996, the Rose Hill Foundation was established from the sale of the largest cemetery in North America, Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier, California. It seeks to promote “the betterment of life in Southern California.” The foundation is a place-based grantmaker that supports nonprofits based in and serving Los Angeles County.

The foundation seeks to support nonprofits with self-sustaining programs, a history of achievement, good management, and a stable financial condition. It also looks for programs with the promise of making a measurable impact, which will benefit people of Southern California, and reach the greatest number of people at the most reasonable cost.

The foundation’s funding areas include the natural sciences and engineering, legal aid services, higher education, youth and workforce development, and services for people experiencing homelessness. As a general rule, this grantmaker does not support hospitals, government agencies, individuals, endowments, political, and religious programs.

Rose Hills grants range from around $10,000 to $1 million. Recent grants funded the Rose Hills Foundation Summer Science and Research Fellowships at Pomona College, Rose Hill Summer Research Fellowships in science and engineering at the University of Southern California, and a program for community college students to engage in environmental research at Oak Crest Institute of Science.

To get started, grant seekers first need to take an eligibility quiz. Once the foundation replies and expresses interest in, the next step is filling out the online application.

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