The mission of The Lawrence Foundation is vague. The foundation simply declares its mission to “support organizations that are working to solve pressing environmental, educational, human services and other issues.”
The throughline for this giving is also vague. A family foundation established by Jeff Lawrence and his wife, Diane Troth, with cash accrued when Lawrence sold his Trillium Digital Systems to Intel, the website says the couple feels "it is important to give something back and support organizations that are trying to make the world a better place.”
This vagueness can make it challenging to present the most incisive grant application; on the other hand, it also leaves a range of opportunities open to funding.
Recent giving shows that environmental issues are foremost for the Lawrence Foundation, but it still pursues its human services interests. This manifests primarily through public health giving, particularly for hunger and family stability issues. Recent giving also shows that it considers housing issues integral to health.
The foundation recently gave $4,000 to the Alliance for Housing and Healing in Los Angeles, CA, "to provide essential housing and supportive services to poor people suffering with HIV and other health conditions." It also gave $2,000 to Adopt A House in Lindenhurst, NY, "to help reubilt local communities by bringing valuable information and solutions to Long Island residents affected by Hurricane Sandy."
These amounts, while modest, reflect standard giving for The Lawrence Foundation. Grants typically range $2,000 to $10,000, with the vast majority distributed at the $5,000 mark. The foundation’s application is fairly basic--it uses the Common Grant Application, which leadership of The Lawrence Foundation helped create. It includes a standard request for goals/objectives/outcomes—a good strategy would be to communicate how this modest grant would strongly support your housing organization or program. The foundation will give both general operating and program support, so there's flexibility here.
The Lawrence Foundation has no geographic restrictions on its giving, domestically or internationally (so long as the international project is operated by a U.S. nonprofit). Its grant application is open to all, and has two grant cycles each year, with deadlines in April and November.