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S. Mark Taper Foundation Grant

Grants to Southern California Nonprofits to Improve
the Quality of Life in Eligible Regions

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Foundation / Corporation

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S. Mark Taper Foundation

Deadline Date:

02/14/20 12:00 PM Noon PST


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Grants to Southern California nonprofit organizations to improve the quality of life for communities in eligible regions. Eligible focus areas include social services, arts, civic affairs, education, health, and the environment. Applicants must provide services in the counties of Los Angeles, Imperial, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara, and Ventura.

Types of Grant Funding Provided

  • General Operating Support (GOS): unrestricted, core operating support that bolsters an organization's overall mission and can be allocated as the organization sees fit.
  • Program: funding is allocated to a specific program or project within the organization.
  • Capital: funding is allocated to a physical project, such as the purchase of a building and/or land, renovating an existing building, constructing a new building, or purchasing equipment.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179529

Number of Grants:

Between 70 and 90 grants are awarded each year.

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Small: Up to $50,000
- Medium: $50,000 to $100,000
- Large: $100,001 and above

Term of Contract:

The S. Mark Taper Foundation only provides multi-year grants for capital projects.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be certified as a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Foundation will consider a Letter of Inquiry from any nonprofit program or organization in Southern California.

During the Foundation's review process, equal consideration and due diligence will be given to all organizations - both those that are past grant recipients and those that have never received a grant from the S. Mark Taper Foundation.

For past grant recipients, there is a three-grant cycle ineligibility period, which is a three-year period of ineligibility.

Pre-Application Information:


- December 16, 2019 – February 14, 2020: Letter of Inquiry (LOI) Submission: The first step in applying for a grant from the S. Mark Taper Foundation is to submit a Letter of Inquiry through the online grants portal. Please see the Grant Guidelines and How to Apply pages for guidance on preparing a Letter of Inquiry. LOIs are only accepted from 12:00 p.m. (noon) Pacific Standard Time on December 16, 2019 through 12:00 p.m. (noon) Pacific Standard Time on February 14, 2020.
- February – April: LOI Review - Organizations will be notified by Foundation staff if we require additional information. Due to the high volume of LOIs that the Foundation receives, we cannot provide individual status updates during the review process.
- May – September: Grant Application Submission & Review - Once all LOIs have been reviewed by the Foundation, applicants will be notified via email if they have been selected to submit a full Grant Application.
- End of October: Notifications - Every applicant will receive a final decision by the end of October.
- December: Payment of Grants - All grants are paid in mid-December.

The S. Mark Taper Foundation transitioned from a paper-based application process to an online application system in December 2019, for the start of the 2020 grantmaking cycle.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To start a new LOI or continue an existing LOI, please click here:

If you have questions, please contact us via email at or by phone at (310) 476-5413.

The S. Mark Taper Foundation
12011 San Vicente Boulevard, Suite 400
Los Angeles, CA 90049

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