We cultivate long-term projects and partner with organizations whose efforts are aligned with our program strategies. This proactive approach helps us maximize effectiveness and impact.
The Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals. View our frequently asked questions.
Your organization may qualify to be nominated for the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize. The $2.5 million Prize is awarded each year to a charitable organization doing extraordinary work to alleviate human suffering.
If your organization directly serves the economically disadvantaged, and the project for which you seek funding directly involves and employs full-time avowed member of an officially recognized Catholic congregation of women, you may be eligible for funding from the Conrad N. Hilton Fund for Sisters. Grants from the Fund for Sisters usually do not exceed $15,000.
Good Neighbor Program
Thank you for your interest in the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation’s Good Neighbor program. The Foundation has created this grantmaking program to recognize the critical work being conducted in the local community near and around our offices in Westlake Village, California. Good Neighbor grants are guided by the same philosophy that guides our priority program grantmaking—addressing the needs of individuals living in poverty or experiencing disadvantage. Grants will be awarded to organizations providing direct services within the Conejo Valley, extending northwest to Camarillo, Oxnard, and Ventura. The communities comprising the Conejo Valley are Agoura Hills, Newbury Park, Oak Park, Thousand Oaks, and Westlake Village. Applications submitted for projects outside of the geographic focus may not receive a response.
The average Good Neighbor grant ranges from $5,000 and $10,000 (and typically does not exceed 10% of an organizations operating budget). The maximum grant award is $15,000.
2023 Application Timeline
The 2023 Good Neighbor application period will run from February 1, 2023, to September 30, 2023. Applications will be reviewed quarterly with the following deadlines:
- First Quarter Review Deadline: 3/31/23
- Second Quarter Review Deadline: 6/30/23
- Third Quarter Review Deadline: 9/30/23
Funding decisions will be communicated to applicants within one month of the review deadline.
Good Neighbor 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
- For influencing legislation and/or elections, promoting voter registration; for political candidates, political campaigns
- For social or political issues outside the United States of America
- To individuals
- For temporary exhibits, travel, surveys, films, or publishing activities
- For endowment funds
- For fundraising dinners, sponsorships, or events
Good Neighbor Frequently Asked Questions
My organization provides services in the Conejo Valley but is headquartered elsewhere. Are we eligible for Good Neighbor funding?
Yes. Any organization providing services within the Conejo Valley, Camarillo, Oxnard, or Ventura can be considered for Good Neighbor funding.
Does the Good Neighbor program consider requests for Los Angeles County?
The Good Neighbor program is strictly limited to the Conejo Valley (Agoura Hills, Newbury Park, Oak Park, Thousand Oaks, and Westlake Village), as well as the surrounding areas of Camarillo, Oxnard, and Ventura. We are unfortunately unable to consider requests for organizations operating solely in Los Angeles County.
Can my organization apply for multi-year funding?
All Good Neighbor grants are for one year.
My organization received a Good Neighbor grant last year. Can we apply again this year?
Good Neighbor grantees are eligible to apply for a second consecutive year funding. There is no guarantee of renewed funding. Generally, after two consecutive grants, organizations must wait one year after the close of the second grant to re-apply to the Good Neighbor program.
Can schools apply for Good Neighbor funding?
Funding for schools is limited to Title 1 schools within the program’s geographic focus areas. There is a $5,000 limit for Good Neighbor grants to schools and requests must be for a project or program, rather than general operating expenses.
Can my organization apply for general operating support?
Organizations can generally apply for either project support or general operating support. Please note for school funding must be for specific projects or programs, rather than general operating support. If you have any questions about our Good Neighbor Program, please email GoodNeighbor@hiltonfoundation.org.
We recommend the following resources to our grantee partners and other nonprofit organizations:
- Center for Nonprofit Management
- Chronicle of Philanthropy
- CompassPoint Nonprofit Services
- Grant Space (a service of the Foundation Center)
- MSU Resources