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The LA84 Foundation is proud to support youth sports in Southern California through grantmaking.


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.


Please review Grant Guidelines and FAQs prior to applying for a grant.


Funding Priorities

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 exclusively funding these two types of youth sports programs. However, building on 30 years of grantmaking, programs and partnerships, LA84 has identified these two areas as a priority, while still supporting a broad range of youth sports.

Whether funding priority programs or other types of youth sport opportunities, the LA84 Foundation is guided by the following principles.

  • Sport is an effective tool in positive youth development.
  • Sport can improve the lives of young people through positive social-emotional, health, and educational outcomes, and has important life-long impacts.
  • Coaching education greatly improves the sport experience for young people and youth development outcomes.
  • No sport is risk free, but the health and safety of young athletes is a top priority.
  • Sport and grantmaking have impact. 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.

Applicant Eligibility

  • 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 not as 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 that in any way compromise their safety, both on and off the playing field. View: A Resource Guide on Preventing Child Sexual Abuse in Youth Sports
  • Youth Safety: If you are applying for a grant to support any of the following sports, please click here for additional guidelines: Soccer, Hockey, Lacrosse, Boxing, Rugby, Football or Martial Arts.

Required Phase 2 Documents

The following documents will need to be submitted as a part of the application process:

  • Current annual operating budget
  • Most recent audited financial statement (If audited financials are not available, then the last two years of balance sheets, profit/loss statements and statement of cash flows must be submitted.)
  • Detailed program budget
  • List of Board of Directors (name, affiliation/occupation)

What We Don’t Fund

Grants are not made:

  • 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
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

For additional questions, please visit the LA84 Grantmaking Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Page.

Featured Grantees

Take a deeper look into the remarkable work, impact and stories of LA84’s grantee programs as they transform the lives of youth across Southern California through sport.


Grant Recipients