The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation's annual grants program disseminates funds three times a year to nonprofit organizations whose impact and mission fall within its three pillars.
In 2019, The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation had a record-setting year in their charitable giving program and awarded $1.93 million in grants to 111 nonprofit organizations in core funding areas.
As a result of its recent strategic planning process, LADF added new priorities to its grantmaking approach in the areas of Education + Literacy, Sports + Recreation and Health + Wellness.
Education + Literacy grants provide access, opportunity and innovation to youth at critical engagement stages - from kindergarten through college - through reading and STEM activities, foster care support services, middle school mentorship, and college scholarships and support.
Sports + Recreation grants support work that uses baseball and softball to build community and reinforce what it means to be a team. Grantees provide leadership opportunities and promote sports-based youth development through increased skills, and positive and safe places to play for youth of all abilities.
Health + Wellness grants address health challenges that prevent children from excelling in school or recreational activities, including food insecurity, fitness and healthy eating. Grants also support efforts to improve the mental and physical wellness of youth.
Total 2019 charitable giving includes 43% to education and literacy programs, 26% to health and wellness initiatives, and 31% to sports and recreation programs. Grant awards have also impacted ten major school districts including Los Angeles, Compton, Inglewood, Glendale, Pasadena, Rialto, Fontana, Long Beach, Lynwood, and Chaffey Joint Union. Combined, funded programs are directly impacting nearly 240,000 youth, with an average rate of 87% of students who quality for free and reduced lunch.
In addition to grant awards, LADF activates with grantees, offers in-kind support, co-hosts grantee events, digitally showcases their work, and conducts "Giving Moments" in stadium to further highlight grantees to millions of fans throughout the season.
LADF accepts grant applications three times a year. Click here to learn more about LADF's charitable grantmaking and how to apply.