The LA84 Foundation believes in the transformational power of sport. As a legacy of the 1984 Olympic Games, the LA84 Foundation makes grants to organizations that focus on youth development through sport. The Olympic and Paralympic Values are fundamental to the work of the foundation and the organizations we support: Friendship; Respect; Excellence; Determination; Courage; Equality.
The foundation welcomes applications from organizations and agencies throughout Southern California to support youth sports programs and activities. In general, LA84 makes grants to support program costs, sports equipment, and the renovation of sports facilities or refurbishment of fields of play.
We fund a variety of sports for a broad range of youth, primarily in under-resourced communities. However, in keeping with our belief in leveling the field, special consideration is given to two key priority areas:
- School-based Sports Programs – Grantmaking in this area seeks to provide youth, particularly in communities that are under-resourced, with maximum access to sports opportunities in a place where they spend most of their day.
- Girls in Sports – Grantmaking in this area is designed to increase participation as way to promote leadership through sports and coaching opportunities.
It is important to note that the foundation is not excluding any program area that we have traditionally supported in the field of youth sports. Rather, LA84 is building on 30 years of grantmaking, programs and partnerships in identifying these priority areas. We know that sport is an effective tool in improving the lives of young people and has important life-long impacts. Moving forward, LA84 expects to work more closely with grantees to understand their programmatic outcomes and successes to gain a more comprehensive picture of the impact of the foundation’s grantmaking. These two priority areas are where we will begin to further explore the power of sport as a tool for youth development in achieving positive social-emotional, health, and educational outcomes.
- Organizations must provide structured sports activities for youth ages 6 – 17
- Organizations must provide programs and activities in one of Southern California’s eight counties: Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara, or Ventura
- Organizations must be certified as tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the US Internal Revenue Code and is not a private foundation, as defined in section 509(a) of that code
- Organizations must be in good standing with the California Franchise Tax Board through the California Secretary of State
- Organizations must have a written policy that addresses its commitment to keep children safe from sexual abuse by preventing, recognizing, and responding to situations both on and off the playing field that in any way compromises their safety. View: A Resource Guide on Preventing Child Sexual Abuse in Youth Sports
What We Don’t Fund
Grants are not made:
- To football programs that include tackle football for youth ages 6-7
- To organizations that discriminate against certain groups or individuals in the delivery of programs and services on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation or disability
- To individual public or private schools, or single-school sites
- To individual persons
- For travel outside of Southern California
- To purchase land
- For debt recovery or incurring debt liability
- For endowments
- For influencing legislation and/or elections; for political campaigns or candidates
For additional questions, please visit the LA84 Grantmaking Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Page.
GRANTEE REPORT FORMS
PREVENTING CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE IN YOUTH SPORTS
The LA84 Foundation requires its grantees to have a written policy addressing their commitment to keep children safe from sexual abuse. For assistance in developing a policy, please view our resource guide below.