Organizations eligible to apply must:
- Be an outstanding organization with a demonstrated track record of community leadership
- Be located in and work in Los Angeles County
- Be a nonprofit organization, or operate under fiscal sponsorship (government agencies and educational institutions are not eligible)
- Have at least 3 full-time paid staff
- Have been in operation for at least 5 years
- Have a budget under approximately $2 million
- Have a strong commitment to improving the organization’s culture of collective care
- Not be a current participant in Durfee’s Sabbatical, Stanton or Springboard programs
Durfee is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We seek organizations whose mission, values, and staff are rooted in and reflect the communities they serve. We encourage applications from organizations that work with historically marginalized communities, including but not limited to BIPOC, LGBTQ, and low-income communities, among others.
Questions? Please contact Durfee at firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications for the Lark Awards will be reviewed by a panel composed of peer leaders, program alumni, and Durfee staff. The panel will consider and score each application through the three categories and questions below.
Finalists will be invited to a one-hour site visit and interview with panelists and Durfee staff. The panel will select the 10 organizations based on these conversations. Declined finalists will receive a stipend to compensate the organization for their time and effort. Panelists will also be provided honorariums.
Culture & Values
- Does the organization foster a culture of care, respect, and equity, both internally with its staff and externally with the community it works with?
- Regardless of scale, does the organization currently have any staff wellness programs, including even small, informal ways of showing care and appreciation for the staff?
- Is there a strong sense of teamwork, collaboration, and community within the organization’s staff?
- Is the organization recognized as a leader in the community it works with?
- Are the staff and board reflective of the communities they work with?
- Will the investment in the collective care of the staff have broader reverberations in the organization’s programs and the community it works with?
- Is the organization structurally and financially poised to take advantage of this opportunity?
- Is the organization’s board and/or leadership supportive?
- What is the level of urgency for the Lark Awards in this moment?
- Is the organization comfortable with a more collective and staff-driven decision-making process to determine the grant uses?