Social Services Funding


Annually, the Whittier Social Services Commission provides grant funding for local non-profit agencies which provide necessary and specialized services to City of Whittier residents.

Agencies submit applications for funding, which are reviewed by the Commission. They, in turn make recommendations for agencies and funding amounts for the Whittier City Council’s review and approval.

The Social Services Commission submitted its 2014-15 recommendations during the FY 2014-15 budget process.  Despite the challenging state of the economy, the City Council approved $184,266 in funding for 26 local non-profit social services agencies when they approved the FY 2014-15 budget at their June 2014 meeting.

Funding for the successful applicants was awarded with the beginning of the fiscal year on July 1, 2014.
For a listing of the 26 agencies that received funding, and a summary of their services,
click here.


The Whittier Social Services Commission invites applications for funding from local non-profit organizations that provide needed social services for City of Whittier residents for the 2015-16 fiscal year.  The deadline for submitting applications is 5 p.m. Friday, December 19.  “The Social Services Commission encourages innovative programming that could include agencies submitting joint applications for projects to better the quality of life in Whittier and provide necessary services to our residents,” said Fran Shields, Director of Parks, Recreation and Community Services.

Applications and an informational letter may be obtained by calling the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department at 562-567-9400; in person at the Department office at Whittier City Hall, 13230 Penn Street; or downloaded from the City of Whittier website,  All groups applying for funding must supply proof of non-profit status – either 501 (c)3 or 501 (c)6 approval – with the application. 

Examples of social services programs which may be eligible of grant funding include employment assistance, crime prevention, child care and education, health services, drug abuse, recreational needs and other services that primarily assist low to moderate income residents, including abused children, battered spouses, senior citizens, those with disabilities, homeless persons and illiterate persons. Applications requesting large funding amounts, “start-up” funds or total sustainability requests are discouraged.

The Whittier Social Services Commission will review all applications to determine eligibility.  The Commission’s recommendations regarding funding will be forwarded to the City Council for final approval.  Agencies that receive funding may be required to make presentations at Commission meetings.

Please click here for the Social Services Funding Information.

Please click here for the Social Services Funding Application.

For more information on the Social Services funding application process, contact the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department at 562-567-9400.