The Hilton Foundation is a proud member of the Conejo Valley community, with our headquarters in the city of Westlake Village, CA. To celebrate and recognize the critical work being conducted in our local community, the Foundation created the Good Neighbor Program.
The Good Neighbor Program accepts proposals for local, small-scale grants to nonproft organizations with IRS 501(c)(3) status doing important work in our local Conejo Valley community. Decisions on these grants will be guided by the same philosophy that guides our program grants—addressing the needs of individuals living in poverty and experiencing disadvantage.
Learn more about the Good Neighbor Program below and whether your organization may qualify for a grant.
Good Neighbor Program
Grants made within the Good Neighbor Program are guided by the same philosophy that guides our strategic grantmaking—improving the lives of people living in poverty and experiencing disadvantage. Grants are 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 to $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.