Grant History

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Non-Profit Grant Program

Since 1974, the City of Torrance has been granting funds to non-profit agencies serving the residents of Torrance.  From 1974 to 1979, the City was a participant in the Block Grant Program which made a limited number of grants to private non-profit agencies.  Some programs, such as the Senior Worker and Home Repair Programs were developed with Block Grant funds and were considered of such value that they have been continued with general fund financing.

  •  There were a number of clearly identified community needs which the City was not currently addressing such as: child abuse, domestic violence, child care, special senior and disabled services and health services. 

  • At the time, the Block Grant Program had no rational system for evaluating or weighing the proposals against the needs of other private non-profit agencies. 

  • Over 30 years ago, $15,000 annually was made available as grants to private non-profit agencies serving Torrance residents.


Various City Commissions have had oversight of the grants program:





 Human Resources Commission



 Community Services Commission


 2010 to present

 Parks and Recreation Commission




Community Services Commission

Community Services Commission

Community Services Commission