Marisla was established in 1986 as a private, non-operating charitable institution. The Foundation makes grants in two program areas and one special interests category.
The objective of the Human Services Program is to assist women, primarily regarding their physical, mental and financial health. Grants are made to programs that support activities that deal with the issues of homelessness, substance abuse, domestic violence and vocational training. Geographic focus is on Los Angeles and Orange counties in California.
The Environment Program concentrates on activities that promote the conservation of biological diversity and advance sustainable ecosystem management. Primary emphasis is on marine resources conservation with a geographic focus on the western North America, Chile, and the western Pacific. The Environment Program also supports the search for solutions to health threats caused by toxic chemicals.
This category serves to provide support for compelling funding opportunities and special concerns as determined by the Board of Directors. Proposals for this category are by invitation only.
Marisla Foundation operates its grantmaking program with two full-time staff. Of the hundreds of proposals received each year, only a small percentage of them receive funding. For the convenience of those organizations seeking support, the proposal process is designed to be short and concise. To manage applications more efficiently, the Foundation instituted an online-only application system.
The Foundation is able to support only those organizations that have received tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or that are governmental entities. Grants are not made to individuals or for activities that support candidates for political office. Through donor-advised fund partners, Marisla is sometimes able to recommend Environment Program funds to international projects, but only for the specific geographies described above.
The Foundation strongly discourages the submission of multiple applications from one organization. This includes chapters or field offices. The Foundation also will not review more than one application per year (any twelve-month period) from any organization, including chapters and field offices.
The Marisla Foundation board makes funding decisions on a quarterly basis. Applications may be completed online at any time within the two month windows detailed below. If the application window opens on a weekend or holiday, the application will be available the next business day. However, in order to meet a deadline (1/15, 4/15, 7/15, and 10/15), an online proposal must be completed by midnight Eastern Standard Time (U.S.). If a deadline falls on a weekend or a holiday, the deadline date will not change. Application windows for proposal submission are as follows:
|Applications Accepted||Board Meeting|
|November 15 through January 15||March|
|February 15 through April 15||June|
|May 15 through July 15||September|
|August 15 through October 15||December|
|Note: Deadlines are midnight Eastern Standard Time (U.S.) on the day listed.|
If we are in an application window (see schedule for when the foundation accepts proposals above), you can click on the START button below to access Marisla's Eligibility Quiz. If you meet the basic funding guidelines of the Foundation, you will gain access to the online application.
The online application will collect a variety of information to enable the Marisla Board to make their funding decisions. You will be able to save a draft of your application at any time. A link to the draft application will automatically be emailed to you so that you can submit until the funding deadline which is midnight Eastern Standard Time (U.S.) on the day listed. The Marisla staff and Board will not have access to draft applications.
Applicants can expect to receive a response approximately two to three months after each funding deadline.
Should you have technical questions regarding the online application process, please contact our administrator, Foundation Source, at (800) 839-5316, or firstname.lastname@example.org, and they will be happy to assist you.
To view our Frequently Asked Questions, please click here to open them in a new window.
Hard copy or electronic proposals will not be accepted by Marisla directly. However, programmatic inquiries can be directed to Margaret Lauer, Administrator, at Marisla Foundation, 668 North Coast Highway, PMB 1400, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 or email@example.com.