Frequently Asked Questions

How does my organization apply for a grant?

The Johnson Ohana Foundation seeks grant applications by invitation only and does not accept unsolicited proposals. If, after careful review of the Grants page, you feel that your organization’s mission is a close match to our grantmaking focus, you may send a short email about your program or organization to Due to the large number of inquiries we receive we cannot guarantee a reply or grant consideration.

What types of grants are awarded and what is the average size of a grant?

The Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation awards grants ranging from $2500 to $20,000. Grants can be directed to specific programs or to general operating expenses.

How frequently are grants awarded?

The Johnson Ohana Foundation typically reviews eligible applications for funding and issues grant awards twice/year through a competitive grantmaking process. Environmental Education grants are reviewed in the spring and Music & Arts Education grants are reviewed in the fall.

If my organization received a grant through the last grant cycle, may we apply again?

Grant renewals are offered by invitation only based on review of the final grant report, in addition to other funding priorities. Although you may contact the Foundation with interest, there is not an automatic grant renewal process or application. You will be contacted directly if your organization has been selected for grant renewal.

Do you award multi-year grants?

A majority of our grants are awarded for a single year but we do on occasion award multi-year grants for up to a 3-year period. Multi-year grants are usually awarded to non-profits with which we have built a strong relationship and are generally associated with projects focusing on the current funding theme.

Do you have a geographic focus?

The Johnson Ohana Foundation funds environmental groups worldwide, with a special emphasis on California, Hawaii, and Australia. Funding for arts and music is primarily focused on non-profits programs in Santa Barbara and Hawaii. Charities outside of the United States will need to first be approved by CAFAmerica in order for the Foundation to make grant suggestions.

What types of grants are not funded?

The Johnson Ohana Foundation awards grants to charitable organizations that have been recognized by the IRS as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (or CAFAmerica approved foreign charities). We do not award grants to individuals, for endowment funds, or for political or fundraising campaigns. We typically do not sponsor community or fundraising events.