Ahmanson Foundation


Contact Information


The foundation has concentrated its funding on cultural projects supporting the arts, education, medicine and delivery of health care services, specialized library collections, programs related to homelessness and low-income populations, preservations of the environment and a wide range of human service projects.

Funding Interests

The foundation is interested in supporting arts and humanities, health and medicine, education, and human services. The Foundation also occasionally funds projects related to natural resource conservation.The Foundation prefers to consider requests that are one-time or short-term in nature. Organizations that do NOT submit requests on a regular or annual basis will receive preference.

Geographic Focus

Los Angeles County

Types of Support

Eligible expenses include capital campaigns, capital costs, emergency funds, matching grants, program support, program development, training, equipment, endowments and events.

Grant Size

$1000 to $42000

Requirements & Limitations

No funds are provided for:

  • Individuals
  • Religious organizations for sectarian or propagation of faith purposes
  • Institutions limiting their services to persons of a single religious sect or denomination
  • Propagandizing, influencing legislation and/or elections, or promoting voter registration
  • Political candidates, campaigns or organizations engaged in political activities or specific advocacy

No funds are USUALLY provided for:

  • Endowed chairs, fellowships, internships, exchanges, or individual scholarships
  • Annual campaigns or regular, ongoing operational support
  • Production of film, video or other media
  • Deficit financing, loans or debt reduction
  • Organizations that make grants to others
  • Traveling exhibits, performance underwriting, seminars, workshops, surveys, general research and development
  • Operational support of regional and national charities
  • Fundraising or award events

Eligible grant applicants are organizations certified as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code and not private foundations as defined in Section 509(a) of that Code.

Application Process

Interested organizations should send a letter of inquiry to the Managing Director. The letter should contain the following information: the mission of your organization, a brief description of its history and current programming, the operating budget, an explanation of your need for support, including the project budget, the amount you are requesting, and other funding sources under consideration or already secured.


Letters of inquiry are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Recent Grants

Grant 1

Grantee: Earthwatch Institute
Amount: $30000
Purpose: Earthwatch Institute engages people worldwide in scientific field research and education to promote the understanding and action necessary for a sustainable environment. Earthwatch Institute puts people in the field where they can assist scientists in their field work. The group acts as a unique catalyst and a liaison between the scientific community, conservation and environmental organizations, policy makers, business and the general public. Earthwatch places a strong emphasis on producing sound results and much of its work is accomplished in collaboration with conservation and education non-governmental organizations.

Grant 2

Grantee: Ducks Unlimited
Amount: $10000

Ducks Unlimited conserves, restores, and manages wetlands and associated habitats for North America's waterfowl. These habitats also benefit other wildlife and people. Duck Unlimited's habitat work has provided more than 9.4 million acres of valuable nesting, brood-rearing, staging, migration and wintering habitat.

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