Community Support / Grants

Since its inception DARTS has distributed over $2 MILLION to Orange County non-profit organizations that help and empower women and children to achieve their potential as responsible contributing members of our community. Funds are available through an annual grant application process. Organizations may apply for funds for a specific project or a general grant, but definitive goals and anticipated outcomes are essential.


Must be a non-profit organization
Emphasis is upon helping women, children and families
Must serve local communities in Orange County

DARTS does not provide support for:

Funding operating budgets
Capital campaigns

Most grants range from $5,000 to $25,000. An updated Grant Summary and Grant Application are posted each year on December 1. Applications are due February 15, at which time the application period closes. The next application period will begin December 1, 2016. No applications can be accepted in the interim.

Recipients are announced in May and grants are distributed in June.

Questions? Please contact Adrienne Garrison at

Past grant recipients include:

Blind Children's Learning Center prepares children for a life of independence through early intervention, education and family support. The Center is celebrating 55 years of serving children and their families throughout Orange County. Children who are blind and visually impaired receive specialized training to maximize their full potential and successfully integrate into a sighted world. From birth to age 21, the comprehensive programs at Blind Children's Learning Center offer support and encouragement on every step of a child's journey towards independence.

Based in Orange, Casa Teresa is a non-profit shelter and support program that has been home to over 5,000 pregnant and homeless women and children over the past 35 years. The program offers high quality training and education programs in the areas of prenatal care and parenting, health and nutrition education tailored to the needs of each resident, all within the security and comfort of a loving and supportive residential setting. Career case management, financial guidance and life skills are stressed, increasing the probability of a successful future for mother and baby.

Dedicated to ending the cycle of domestic violence and providing a safe haven for women and their children in crisis, this South Orange County domestic violence agency offers residential shelter services as well as supportive services in intervention, legal assistance and education. With the goal of preparing their clients and their children to live independent and violence free lives, Laura's House responded by developing innovative residential and outreach programs to meet the unique needs of population groups such as Hispanic families, at-risk teens and preschool children, each coping with the effects of domestic violence.

Founded in 1985 as an emergency crisis shelter for teenage runaways, Laurel House has evolved into a unique, proactive, preventive program for teens at risk of becoming homeless due to tense family situations at home. Before a teenage girl reaches crisis point when she feels she has no other alternative but to run away, she may live at LH for 6-12 months of a safe and structured “cooling off” period from her parents. The shelter’s goals are to provide a temporary, safe home for the teens, properly diagnose and treat for any existing disorders, keep them in school, achieve academic success, and ultimately reunify the teens with their families or find an alternative resolution if reunification is not possible.

Founded in 1977 and based in Orange, this small non-profit offers high quality, low cost mental health and substance abuse counseling, life skills, and supportive services to extremely low income women and families who otherwise would be unable to afford the help they so desperately need. Whether your issues are domestic violence, childhood abuse, depression, anxiety, loss of a loved one, substance abuse, anger management, parenting difficulties, low self-esteem, communication problems or other life challenges, Mariposa's counselors are there to help.

Project Hope Alliance is ending the cycle of homelessness, one child at a time. The mission is to move homeless children and their families out of unsafe motels, shelters, and the streets into affordable homes of their own; and to provide homeless children with a proper education producing self-reliant futures that ends inter-generational homelessness. The organization continually innovates to develop distinctive and effective family stability programs and education models. Project Hope Alliance has grown from serving a single school in 1989 to now serving the needs of children attending over 90 schools in 26 cities throughout Orange County. Since 2012, Project Hope Alliance has moved more than 700 parents and children out of homelessness.

Providence Speech and Hearing Center is the leading service provider to the speech and hearing impaired of Orange County. With imaginative environments in several convenient locations throughout Orange and Los Angeles Counties, exercises, treatment, and hands-on activities allow patients to grow and advance their skills. Volunteers and staff audiologists and speech therapists play an intricate part in the success and health of the patients, children and adults alike.

SPIN is committed to giving people a hand-up, not a hand-out. Guiding Orange County’s homeless and working poor families and individuals to permanent housing, substance abuse recovery and self sufficiency, SPIN has served over 74,000 families and individuals since its inception in 1987.

Taller San Jose Hope Builders is a nationally-recognized workforce development program that empowers disconnected young people, ages 18-28, with the skills and support needed to achieve enduring personal and professional success. Founded in 1995, Hope Builders works to end generational poverty by bridging the gap between young people who face many barriers to employment and employers who need skilled and reliable workers. Currently, Hope Builders offers job training in Construction, Healthcare and Business Applications.

Located in Costa Mesa, funds a program which offers clothing and job skill training for women interviewing for jobs so that they may rejoin the work force with confidence.

Founded in 1976, Women’s Transitional Living Center, Inc. (WTLC) is the oldest domestic violence shelter in California and the third oldest in the nation. With a mission to help individuals and families escape the depths of domestic violence and exploitation, WTLC offers a range of services including shelter, support services, and community education & advocacy. Through these services, we strive to Honor, Empower, and Restart the lives of survivors and their children.

Founded in 1970, Youth Employment Service (YES) is a locally chartered, community-based, non-profit organization dedicated to helping young people pave roads to economic independence. Our mission is to support the community by enabling Orange County youth and young adults to secure and maintain meaningful employment. YES is dedicated to offering programs that help 16-24 year-olds improve their self-esteem, employability, career choices, financial/personal self-sufficiency, and quality of life.