How To Apply

Evaluation Criteria


We support organizations with an active, reflective, and committed board of directors who consistently monitor and guide the organization’s financial and programmatic performance. The organization should have an effective administrative infrastructure and qualified staff to support its programs.


We support organizations that align their projects and programs with their mission, goals, and financial resources. The program design should demonstrate a clear understanding of the principles of children and youth development and reflect an appreciation for diverse cultures and ethnicities.


We encourage organizations that have plans in place for ensuring a stable future and long-term program effectiveness. This means the organization should have the ability to acquire funding from multiple sources and contingency plans for unexpected circumstances.


We want to assist organizations that measure the quality and effectiveness of their programs and can demonstrate results. These organizations continue to identify and learn from models of best practices and share their experiences with other agencies. Feedback from participants and their families, schools, and community, as well as the needs of the staff, are considered when designing their programs.


We support organizations that work with other agencies to reduce duplication efforts and fill gaps in programming. These organizations understand the importance of including neighborhood and community participation and actively engage these groups when planning their programs.

Grantmaking Restrictions

Only organizations with current tax-exempt status under the Internal Revenue Service Code Section 501(c) 3 are eligible for funding.


  • Individuals
  • Private foundations
  • Annual giving campaigns
  • Buildings or capital campaigns
  • Unrestricted endowments or deficit reduction
  • Political parties, candidates, campaigns, or lobbying activities
  • Fundraising activities, benefit sponsorship, advertisements, or tables
  • Medical or health programs, including hospitals, clinics, and mental or physical trauma recovery programs; DSYF also does not fund programs for children and youth who are diagnosed as emotionally and/or developmentally disabled, or chronically and terminally ill
  • Organizations which, in their constitution or practice, discriminate against a person or group on the basis of age, political affliation, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, or religious belief
  • Programs operating outside Los Angeles County