Community Support / Grants

Since its inception DARTS has distributed nearly $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.


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:

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.

Committed to empowering people with Down syndrome to reach their full potential and working toward a world where every person with Down syndrome is a valued member of society, the DSAOC Center in Costa Mesa is the venue for many of activities, events, seminars, and support groups. In addition, much of the organization's work includes outreach and collaboration with an expanding network of educators, healthcare providers, researchers, therapists, employers, policymakers, and many others in the community.

Serving the community for almost 60 years, the mission of Girls Inc. is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. The mission is put into action through the Girls Inc. Youth and Family Center in Costa Mesa, and our 48 school partner sites by equipping girls ages 4.5 to 18 to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers and grow into healthy, educated and independent adults. Life skills, college readiness, and workforce development are the three main areas that surround our program curricula.

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.

For over 34 years, New Directions has been transforming lives of women of all ages, women with children and pregnant women affected by alcoholism, other addictions and related issues. New Directions is a drug and alcohol treatment provider offering addiction detox and rehab services through inpatient residential rehab, intensive outpatient rehab and intensive sober living addiction rehabilitation treatment for women suffering from alcohol, drug or chemical dependency.

Founded in 1981 to address the seemingly simple food, housing and clothing needs of homeless families, it was quickly realized that much more was needed. Evolving over three decades, OCIS is now a multifaceted transitional housing program addressing the tangible and intangible needs – from shelter to counseling. Serving more than 1,000 individuals each year, the OCIS program includes supportive services such as intake and assessment, case management, nutrition, employment service (through collaborators), adult education (through collaborators), training in budgeting and money management, and assistance in securing permanent housing.

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.

Teen Project is a non-profit transitional home living program for teen girls aging out of the foster care system at the age of 18. The staff of 2 and the many volunteers provide residents with all of the resources and support of an intact family, such as psychological counseling, life-skills education and old-fashioned mothering, which allows them the greatest opportunity for a successful transition to adulthood. All former foster kids, they stay about two years at Teen Project home, a five-bedroom house in Lake Forest, Calif., paying $200 a month rent that goes into a savings account; they get the money back when they leave.

For over 40 years non-profit Veterans First has worked to honor every brave man or woman who has served this country by helping to restore dignity to those whose sacrifices defending the freedoms we cherish have left them in need.. Working in collaboration with other organizations, Veteran’s First provides a multitude of services to our region’s homeless and at-risk military veterans. Services include housing, meals, case management, life skills, mental health counseling, benefit counseling, transportation, as well as job training and employment placement assistance.

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.