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New Neighborhood Purpose Grant Program. Application Period Opens Jan. 1, 2023

Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council

Neighborhood Purpose Grant Program

Funding Guidelines

The HHPNC Neighborhood Grant Program provides project-based philanthropic grants of up to $2,500 to 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations, LAUSD schools, and other individuals or groups working in partnership with a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (fiscal sponsor). Projects and activities supported by Neighborhood Purpose Grants vary widely and can include, but are not limited to:

  • The Arts

  • Beautification

  • Community Support

  • Education

  • Community Improvements.

Please review the following guidelines and restrictions which build upon the City of Los Angeles Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (DONE) Neighborhood Purpose Grant Guidelines.

Funding Restrictions:

  • The maximum grant award is $2,500.

  • Funding is only available for defined projects.

  • Projects must occur within Highland Park.

  • Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, an LAUSD school, or working in partnership with a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving as fiscal sponsor.

  • Applicants working with a fiscal sponsor must have and present a signed letter of agreement from the chief executive of the sponsoring non-profit organization.

  • Fiscal sponsor fees cannot exceed 15% of grant awards.

  • Proposed art murals on private property will require written agreement from the property owner and artist to maintain the murals for five years.

  • Capital improvements to private property are prohibited.

  • Grant awards will have mandatory final reports. Failure to complete final report will disqualify organization from applying for funding in the next grant cycle.

  • All grantees must submit a final report form at the end of their funded project available here. Failure to submit a final report will disqualify the organization from applying for funding in the next grant cycle.

Application Guidelines:

  • Grant applications are due between January 1 and January 31, 2023.

  • Applications will be reviewed for completeness upon receipt. Applicants will be contacted regarding additional materials required for incomplete applications. Incomplete proposals submitted by the deadline and not completed by February 8, 2023 will be rejected.

  • Applications will be reviewed by the HHPNC Ad Hoc Grant Committee in February 2023

  • Grant award recommendations will be presented to the Board of Directors for consideration at the General Board of Directors meeting on March 2, 2023.

  • Grant Awards will be distributed in March and April.

  • Applicants must complete the City of Los Angeles DONE application available here and the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council supplementary application here.

  • Required proposal attachments:

  • Proposal cover letter providing short project summary and history and mission of the organization and be signed by organization executive director or school principal.

  • IRS Non-Profit Letter of Determination for non-profit organization applicants.

  • Supplemental project budget detailing anticipated expenses and income if applicable. HHPNC recognizes that many project budgets include more line items than the three fields provided on the DONE/City Clerk application form. The supplemental budget should include line items and sub-line items for personnel and project costs. If the project budget exceeds $2,500, please list other sources and amounts of funding (received or anticipated) for the project.

  • IRS 990 Tax Return (most recently submitted) for non-profit organizations. Non-profits not required to submit an annual 990 must provide a profit/loss statement for the most recently completed fiscal year.

  • Organization board of directors list with professional affiliations

Elements of a good grant application:

Strong grant applications demonstrate community and organizational need, effective project planning, transparency in project execution, and the qualifications and ability of the applicant to complete the project.

When completing the DONE Neighborhood Purpose Grant application and Supplemental HHPNC application, please consider the following:

  • Who?

  • Who is applying for a grant award (history and qualifications)?

  • Who will be served/benefit by grant project?

  • What is the project? What are the project goals and proposed outcomes and how does it benefit the community?

  • Why? Define community need and how will a grant award serve that need?

  • Where? Where will the project occur? (projects must occur in Highland Park)

  • When? What is the project timeline and what are the steps required to complete the project?

  • View HHPNC Sample NPG Application Package

Completed NPG Applications should be submitted by email to

For any questions regarding the proposal application process, please contact John Collinson at


Forms: Link to NPG Forms and Information:

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