In 2023, we’re putting $1,000,000 back into our local community.
Every three months this year, we’ll be giving away up to $250,000 to non-profit organizations working to solve the most pressing issues in Los Angeles, giving them the support they need to advance the critical work they are doing for our community.
If your organization is working on these issues, we want to help.
Click to learn more about each opportunity.
Why: Vulnerable populations face a unique set of challenges when it comes to accessing healthcare. For the 2.7M Angelenos without insurance, the cost alone creates a huge barrier. Those living below the poverty line, often without permanent addresses or reliable transportation, are less likely to be able to afford healthcare, less likely to receive regular care, and are more likely to experience difficulty getting care. We want to change these statistics.
Who Should Apply: We are looking to support partners who provide mobile healthcare services for Los Angeles’ most vulnerable people.
EDUCATION & JOB TRAINING FOR TRANSITION-AGE FOSTER YOUTH
Why: The future for LA’s 22,000 foster children looks dim. Only 58% of them are expected to graduate high school. Fewer than 8% will go on to receive a bachelor degree. Nearly half will end up homeless or incarcerated. We want to change these statistics.
Who Should Apply: We are looking to support partners who provide critical educational and job training programs for Los Angeles’ foster youth, putting them on a path to financial independence and future success.
MENTAL HEALTH FOR LGBTQ YOUTH
Why: 45% of LGBTQIA+ youth seriously considered attempting suicide in the last year. 73% reported experiencing symptoms of anxiety, and 58% reported symptoms of depression. 60% of LGBTQIA+ youth who needed mental health care in the past year were not able to get it. We want to change these statistics.
Who Should Apply: We are looking to support partners who provide mental health services for Los Angeles’ LGBTQIA+ youth.
UPDATE ON CHALLENGE 4
While we were initially planning on addressing re-entry programs for formerly incarcerated people during the final quarter of 2023, we feel compelled by the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine to pivot our strategy. As a Foundation, we stand in solidarity with the Jewish community and the innocent civilians forever impacted by this tragedy. We believe it is imperative for foundations to respond to global tragedies, as these crises demand immediate attention and support. Therefore, we are re-committing this funding to support organizations providing humanitarian aid abroad, and to those addressing rampant antisemitism in the United States.
We recognize the urgent need for assistance and resources to alleviate the unprecedented suffering of those affected by this crisis.
News about future Grants Challenges will come in 2024.
How long will grants be for?
Up to three years. We’re hoping that through these initial grants, we will create long-term partnerships.
How many applicants do you expect to fund?
We expect to fund between 1-5 organizations for each issue area.
How much will the grants be?
It depends on the scope of the work proposed, but the total grant amount per issue area will not exceed $250,000. Please include the amount of funding requested from Wurwand Foundation and the project total.
Can we apply for a multi-organization grant?
Yes. Please identify one coordinating partner and primary contact and submit a joint proposal.
Can we apply if our organization is not ONLY focused on this issue area?
Yes. If you are a multi-issue organization and you have a specific program focused on the issue area, you may apply.