Updated Dec 21, 2017

Compton Foundation

Offered by Compton Foundation

We ignite change.We support transformative leadership and courageous storytelling, inspiring action toward a peaceful, just, sustainable future.Our new mission highlights a sense of urgency and a willingness to take risks in order to transform the way we live. Bringing forth a positive future requires innovative ways of understanding and naming the problems we face, as well as new methods for collaborating to solve them. We only fund work in the fields of peace and security, climate change, reproductive rights and justice, and money in politics.
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Mandatory Requirements

Implemented In:
Focus AreasPeace and Resilience (Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance)
Climate Change and Resilience (Environment)
Sexual and Reproductive Health (Health)
We do not fund programs where the primary audience is K-12. We also do not fund service delivery programs, capital campaigns, scholarships or sponsorships, on-the-ground restoration projects, land, water, or easement acquisition.

We award grants to nonprofit organizations that have received 501(c)(3) status from the Internal Revenue Service of the United States. For organizations with 501(c)(3) status that do work abroad or have headquarters abroad, our funding for international projects is very limited and generally reserved for projects with a global rather than a country-specific scope.

Application Directions

Compton’s grant portfolio is small and contains a number of long-term grantee relationships, so there is limited room to fund new organizations and projects, no matter how deserving. With that in mind, and the understanding that fundraising requires a significant time commitment, we aim to make our inquiry process as efficient as possible.

If you believe your organization or project is a match with our grant guidelines, use the following link tosubmit an inquiryand tell us about your work in our online form. The inquiry has space for you to briefly answer two questions: What do you want to do? Why?

Application And Awards Process

If your work isnota good fit, your inquiry will be declined. We aim to evaluate inquiries on a consistent rolling basis, but we do occasionally get overwhelmed. If your inquiry is time sensitive, please feel free to get in touch by email or phone and let us know.

If your workisa good fit for Compton’s portfolio and we are able to consider a grant, we will invite a full proposal. We will email you the invitation with a link to our online application. If you have been invited to submit a proposal, you can also use this link to access your applicationgrantee and applicant login.

We do five or six grant dockets of 10-15 grants each per year. We do a docket approximately every two months of the year, starting with applications due in January for grants in February.

We regularly review inquiries to see whether or not one might be a match for our guidelines and, if so, where it might fit in one of those dockets. Our goal is to be able to respond quickly, but also to build grant dockets that make sense together and balance across our issue and approach priorities.

If we invite a proposal, we will try to give you about four weeks to submit an application. We try to only invite a proposal if we think there is a good chance your work will be a match for our board’s priorities. It usually takes us about four weeks from your application deadline to let you know whether or not we will be able to make a grant, and we can send a check within a few days (once we’ve received your signed grant agreement).

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