The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has awarded more than $38 million in grants in the last few months to help needy residents worldwide, including more than $7 million to Los Angeles agencies.

The Agoura Hills-based foundation announced Dec. 24 it had given more than $38 million during the fourth quarter of 2018 in 24 grants and two program-related investments.

It awarded nearly $7.4 million to five Los Angeles County nonprofits to support foster youth, survivors of domestic violence, residents who are homeless as well as an initiative launched by Catholic nuns.

“Together with our partners, we can fulfill our mission of improving the lives of the disadvantaged and vulnerable throughout the world,” said Peter Laugharn, chief executive of the foundation, in a statement.

Two local Hilton Foundation grants went to support foster youth services.

They include $1.05 million to the Children’s Law Center of California, based in Monterey Park, to expand a program to help foster kids involved in the juvenile justice system. The downtown-based Coalition for Responsible Community Development received $1.125 million to increase college and career readiness for those “aging out” of foster care in South Los Angeles.

Two local grants and investments went to support residents who are homeless.

They include $570,000 to the Downtown Women’s Center to help domestic violence survivors experiencing homelessness., and $1.125 million in a combined grant and investment in affordable housing by the GenesisLA Economic Growth Corp., based downtown.

The foundation issued another $3.5 million to USC, which will serve as a monitoring, evaluation and learning partner in support of a foundation initiative to enhance the vitality of Catholic sisters and their work to advance human development around the globe.

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation was created in 1944 by Conrad N. Hilton, founder of the Hilton Hotels. Since then, it has distributed more than $1.6 billion in philanthropic grants, including $115 million in 2017.

Health business reporter Dana Bartholomew can be reached at dbartholomew@labusinessjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter @_DanaBart.