Who received Liberty Hill's grant investments for 2014? Organizations  at the frontlines of building  economic, environmental and LGBT justice in Los Angeles. See the list of grantees >>

Liberty Hill awards three types of grants:

1. Strategic Investment

The Fund for Change is Liberty Hill's primary competitive grantmaking program. The Fund for Change seeks to change institutional policies and practices in Los Angeles to advance economic justice, environmental justice and LGBTQ justice. Liberty Hill provides "seed" grants as well as grants to mature organizations with a  track record of community organizing and policy wins.

Special Announcement for 2015: Liberty Hill is in the midst of a strategic planning process which will conclude in June 2015. As such, we will not be calling for letters of inquiry (LOI) or accepting unsolicited proposals for the 2015 Fund for Change funding cycle. Please register with Liberty Hill so we can keep you informed on the 2016 Fund for Change grantmaking cycle.

A recent study indicated that for every dollar invested in local community organizing, Los Angeles saw $91 in community benefits.

Meet our amazing grantees and read about their successes.>>

2. Tactical Support

Rapid Response Fund for Racial Justice: California foundations including The California Endowment, The California Wellness Foundation, Rosenberg Foundation, and Liberty Hill Foundation are pooling resources with individual donors to support grassroots organizers through a rapid response fund for the state. Liberty Hill is administering this fund in Southern California. Funded work will include efforts that uplift the value of Black lives and address police accountability, criminalization, and violence on people of color. For more information, please contact Margarita Ramirez, Deputy Director of Grantmaking (323) 556-7215.

3. The Queer Youth Fund, Scholarships & Other Donor Advised Investments

Liberty Hill manages more than 60 donor advised and restricted funds established by individuals, families and businesses to achieve their charitable aspirations while benefiting from our 33 years of philanthropic expertise. Donor advised grants are recommended by donors in consultation with Liberty Hill staff and are made year-round. Our restricted funds address specific issues and have very finite criteria to consider when applying for funding. Some of these funds include:

  • The Queer Youth Fund which makes multi-year grants to organizations located in the United States working to improve the quality of life among gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (GLBTQQ) youth through innovative and effective leadership development or organizing projects or programs that empower GLBTQQ youth.

    Queer Youth Fund Guidelines and Application
    Queer Youth Fund Grant Recipients
    Queer Youth Fund Facebook Page

  • Scholarship programs for academically-qualified AB540 (non-resident tuition exemption) students attending certain campuses of California State University and University of California as well as a general scholarship program for California students. More information>>

  • A stipend program that supports young people entering the nonprofit sector. More information>>

Who gets Liberty Hill investment and why?

Why Liberty Hill and our community partners want social justice.