Funding Priorities

The Strategic Grants Initiative is focused on funding:

  1. Innovative or new Transformational programs for local at-risk populations that develop character traits which are determinants of future stability and success. These include grit, perseverance, empathy, and leadership, as well as vocational, life, and college readiness skills.
  2. Entrepreneurial programs that create a social enterprise or non-profit business, whether within or separate from the organization, that provides participants with employment opportunities and career training while also providing an additional source of revenue for the nonprofit organization, enhancing its sustainability.


The DevTo Support Foundation has launched an invitation-only Special Grants Initiative for a small group of organizations in Orange County and the Coachella Valley. We are seeking new new ideas and transformational programs that create pattern-breaking social change to improve the lives of at-risk populations, such as at-risk youth or emancipating foster youth, at-risk young mothers or women, youth disconnected from their families and/or faith, people in recovery, homeless or formerly homeless families, or others who are struggling to succeed. The Initiative does not accept unsolicited proposals



Two to five grants ranging from $100,000 to $250,000 will be awarded each year for up to three years.



  • The Applicant must be a public charity, organized under IRC sec. 501(c)(3), and qualified under IRC sec. 170(b)(1)(A), and operating for a minimum of two full fiscal years.
  • The Applicant must be focused on the goals of this initiative to empower, educate and improve the lives of at-risk families, youth or other populations, through a social enterprise or other innovative program.
  • The Applicant must provide services within the states or communities in which members of the Board of Directors live, work, or have personal involvement (Orange County and the Coachella Valley).



The Foundation is interested in funding innovative ideas or transformational projects that help an organization

  1. launch a new program,
  2. significantly expand a successful program, or
  3. implement a new pilot project/model.

Programs that provide career development pathways, life skills development, mentoring and coaching, or create a social enterprise that teach participants business skills and entrepreneurialism while creating revenue for the nonprofit are of particular interest.



Grant funds may not be used for the following:

  • Annual campaigns
  • Sponsorship of conferences and special events
  • Endowments (but operating reserves are permitted)
  • Existing obligations, or to replenish other resources used to pay for such expenses
  • Direct grants to individuals
  • Re-granting programs that would grant foundation dollars to entities that your organization will not own or control



Only invited organizations may apply to the Special Grants Initiative.
If invited, please submit your Letter of Inquiry and required attachments via this website (Letter of Inquiry) no later than June 1.

If the Letter of Inquiry is approved, the applicant will be invited to submit a full Grant Application online. The complete application must be submitted within the time authorized (generally due in September). Incomplete applications will not be considered.  The Foundation anticipates approving grant requests once per year in November. Notifications will be sent in December.

If you have further questions, please first review the criteria and requirements and then contact the Foundation Administrator.

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