How to Apply for a Grant

A letter of Inquiry (LOI) is a required first step in seeking funding. The most competitive LOIs will be invited to submit a full proposal.

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Ralph M. Parsons:
A Living Legacy for All Angelenos

A self-made businessman and engineer whose remarkable contribution has changed the lives of so many people throughout Los Angeles County.

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Initiatives & Special Projects

Learn how we engage in an array of initiatives and special projects promoting cross-sector collaboration and organizational effectiveness.

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Our Funding Priorities

Funding is prioritized across four program areas: Civic & Cultural, Education, Health, and Human Services.

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The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation

The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation improves the well-being of the residents of Los Angeles County through responsive grantmaking in human services, civic and cultural, education, and health.

Funding Priorities

We Are a Responsive Grantmaker

As a responsive grantmaker, we believe that nonprofits know what is best for the people and communities they serve. We invest in organizations whose work strengthens the broad fabric of our region. The majority of our grants are for general operating support, though the Foundation also provides funds for programs and capital needs. We prioritize organizations that deliver direct services.

Please explore our website to better understand what we do, how we do it, and how you can engage with us to improve the lives of all Angelenos.

How We Work

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Funding Priorities

Civic & Cultural

Grantmaking in this area values enriching cultural experiences and active civic engagement as essential ingredients for a healthy society.

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Our Education grantmaking underscores the importance of access to quality learning opportunities for all, with a special focus on underserved populations.

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The Foundation’s work in this area is rooted in our belief that all the residents of Los Angeles County need access to essential health services that offer a greater quality of life.

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Human Services

Our work in Human Services reflects our commitment to improving the lives of Los Angeles’ most vulnerable community members, including low-income children, families, foster youth, seniors, the working poor, and homeless populations.

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Number of Grant Payments
Total Grant Dollars Distributed
Median Grant Amount
General Operating Support

2023 Community Impact

Grant Count by Program Area 2023

Grant Payments by Program Area (2023)

367 Total Grants

Grant Dollars Distributed by Program Area (2023)

Grant Dollars Distributed by Program Area (2023)

Total: $19,623,245


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We’re a responsive grant maker, helping LA County organizations do their best work.