Apply for a Grant :: Application Information

  • Contact Person for Environment and Health Program Area:  
    Bruce A. Hirsch, Executive Director
  • Contact Person for Education and Music Program Areas:
    Emily Garvie, Program Officer
  • Geographic Limitations:
    The foundation gives priority to proposals from California organizations

Application Instructions

The foundation has two funding rounds each year, typically in May or June and November. The foundation does not make grants to individuals or to organizations that are not 501(c)(3) public charities.

We suggest that you review past grants approved by the foundation before applying for funding.

Nonprofit organizations seeking a grant from the foundation should begin by submitting an Letter of Inquiry (LOI) through the foundation’s online application system. The application consists of a brief description of your organization, the purpose and scope of the project, and a projected project budget.

To do this, all applicants must first create an account. Your email address will be your userid, and you will be asked to create a password. On the registration form, you must supply your organization’s EIN, also known as a Federal Tax ID number. (If you are a fiscally sponsored project or program, use the EIN of the fiscal sponsor and enter the name of the fiscal sponsor in parenthesis following the organization name.) Once you have registered on the system, you will receive email verifying that your registration is complete.

Our next deadline for receiving LOI applications is 11:59 PM PST on August 1, 2023.

(You may submit an LOI at any time. The deadline date means that we will consider the request before the next round of funding. Even if a request is submitted after the deadline, it may still be considered for the next round of funding but there is no guarantee that we will be able to do this.)

Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation Online Application

Video Tutorial for Using the Online Application System

During the LOI review process, foundation staff may meet with organizations to obtain additional information about a project. In such cases, the foundation will request a meeting at a mutually convenient time.

If the foundation requests a full proposal, you will be given access to the proposal application process through the online application system.

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