What do the Assistance League of Long Beach, the Casa Youth Shelter, and the Child Welfare Initiative all have in common? Two things, actually. First, they all attend to children in need in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Second, they have all received fiscal support from the Crail Johnson Foundation. Crail-Johnson is itself an LA-based institution, and it commits its wealth to nonprofits in LA’s county limits. And not just any nonprofits: It's only focused on those that serve disadvantaged youth.
Nonprofits that are involved in education make up a big share of the grant winners. So do foster-care providers and shelters for youth in crisis. The Assistance League of Long Beach is one of the education-centered grantees; it got a $10,000 grant for its Operation School Bell program, which provides low-income schoolchildren with school supplies and (if the schools require them) school uniforms.
Casa Youth Shelter, on the other hand, provides runaways and youth in crisis with temporary housing. And Crail-Johnson rewarded its efforts with $10,000 in general support. The foundation also gave a $10,000 grant to the Child Welfare Initiative to support its therapeutic foster homes. Here are a few more grantees:
- Harbor Community Clinic, a local health-services nonprofit. It got $15,000 for its Pediatric Clinic.
- Helpline Youth Counseling, Inc., which provides counseling services to young people and their families. It received $15,000 for its Family Services Program.
- CORE Educational Services, a California youth-development nonprofit that works collaboratively with partner organizations to create after-school programs for teens. It got $5,000 for a College CORE program.
As you can see, Crail-Johnson’s child-welfare grantees are a very diverse bunch. The foundation gives its grant seekers a wide range of latitude as to what kinds of services they can offer to needy youth. As long as a grant seeker’s work is helping kids in LA, chances are good that Crail-Johnson will seriously consider it for a grant.
And you don’t need a prior invitation to apply. Crail-Johnson accepts unsolicited applications. However, ask yourself this important question first: Is your program related to education, to health, or to the more general category of human services?
Those are the three categories that Crail-Johnson uses to classify its grants. And it sets different deadlines for each. If you’re seeking a grant for an education initiative, then you must submit your letter of inquiry between September 1 and October 15. Letters for health-related grants must arrive in Crail-Johnson headquarters between April 15 and May 30. Letters for human-services grants are due between December 15 and January 31.
Whichever category you choose, meet the deadline and the foundation will respond to you within one to three months. If it gives you the go-ahead, visit the website and download the forms for completing an application. And read carefully through the very detailed instructions for filling it out. Then, hopefully, get some money and go change some kids’ lives for the better!