Los Angeles Scholars Investment Fund

  • Overview

    Los Angeles Scholars Investment Fund (LASIF) grants support the work of nonprofit organizations with proven track records of helping students from low-income households in Los Angeles County prepare for and graduate from college. Grant opportunities include funding for need-based scholarship programs and program support for college access and success services including financial aid guidance, college preparation, advising, and college retention and completion work.

    LASIF is currently seeking proposals to help expand services and college attainment for young men of color.

    Kelly King
    Director, LASIF
    213-413-4130 Ext. 279
    kking [@] calfund [.] org

    David Rey
    Program Associate, Education
    213-413-4130 Ext. 218
    drey [@] calfund [.] org

  • Funding Opportunities

    New Applicants

    At this time LASIF is only accepting applications for new potential partners under its special focus project on young men of color (YMOC).

    Renewal Grant Opportunities

    Existing LASIF Partners will be contacted individually by CCF staff regarding additional opportunities for support, when applicable.

  • Young Men of Color (YMOC) Proposal Guidelines

    In addition to ongoing LASIF activities and grantmaking, over the next two years LASIF seeks to invest at least $1.5 million to identify and support promising practices to better reach and serve young men of color within the field of college access and success.

    We envision this work as a learning process, fueled through the funding of direct service projects designed and implemented by community partners. To advance collective learning and collaboration, funded partners will be expected to gather and share their knowledge and growing understanding of program strategies and outcomes, and contribute to a cohort-based work group including quarterly meetings throughout 2018 and into 2019.

    CCF invites proposals from community-based nonprofit organizations, K-12 public schools and districts, and public and private colleges and universities in LA County.

    We understand that the grant application process can be very time-intensive for our community partners. We recommend careful review of the guidelines, available through the link below. Further, CCF will host two information sessions, as noted under “YMOC Deadlines & Info Sessions.” In addition, we are available for pre-scheduled 15-minute calls to discuss proposals prior to submission. Click here to arrange a call.

    Young Men of Color (YMOC) Proposal Guidelines, Timeline, and Q&A

  • Reporting Requirements and Resources

    In order to inform the work of LASIF and our partners, LASIF tracks the educational pathways and outcomes of sponsored students. All scholarship grantees are required to report certain information for all students whose scholarships are supported with LASIF grant funds. Further, sponsored students must give their consent to share their information as a condition of receiving the scholarship, and all students must sign an informed consent form. Additional information regarding grant reporting and data collection requirements to active partner nonprofits.

    Resources for Existing Partner Nonprofits

  • YMOC Deadlines
    Online Portal Opens for RFP Submission May 1, 2017
    RFP Submission Deadline for October 2017 consideration June 23, 2017
    RFP Submission Deadline for December 2017 consideration August 25, 2017
    Full Application Submission (by invitation only) July – September 2017
    CCF Board Decision and Grant Disbursement October 2017 and December 2017
  • To Apply

    Submissions for the Young Men of Color are accepted online only.

    Apply Now

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