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A request for funding begins with a Letter of Inquiry. However, each funding category has its own application procedures and deadlines. Please refer to the specific grant guidelines for individual funding categories under the What We Fund section for more information.
No. Online applications are not accepted. Please refer to the grant guidelines in a specific funding category for more information.
Yes. Potential grantees are encouraged to first review the information provided on the website and to then contact Foundation staff if additional information is needed.
Yes. Site visits are used to gather more information about a specific project or organization. Site visits are also often made after funds are awarded to determine if the terms and conditions of the grant are being met and if the goals of the grant are likely to be achieved.
Each organization must determine its own needs and present a realistic budget for the project that is being submitted for consideration. The Foundation does not have fixed minimum or maximum grant awards. However, requests should be large enough to make the rigors of project planning and proposal review worthwhile, while also being within the Foundation’s capabilities.
Yes. Priority is given to projects where the incremental costs, i.e., the costs that are new to the organization as a result of the proposed project, are a substantial portion of the budget.
Yes. Multi-year grant requests are encouraged.
Requests from faith-based organizations are evaluated on the same basis as all other requests.
The Foundation does not consider requests for grants to individuals.
The Foundation's Program Officers or Executive Director.
No. All materials must be received by the deadline date and time.
May I hand deliver or have a courier service or an organization such as Fed Ex deliver the proposal or letter of inquiry?
Yes, as long as the materials are received by the deadline date and time.
No. All materials and information must be received by the deadline date and time.
Is information in my proposal shared with anyone besides Foundation staff?
Requirements for approaching the Foundation to request funds vary by initiative. Please refer to the guidelines for each grant opportunity for more information.
Please refer to the grant guidelines in a specific funding category for more information.
An organization may submit one letter of inquiry per grant category per year.
Yes. You are always welcome to call one of the Program Officers or the Executive Director for information.
If my organization receives a grant in one funding category, can we submit a letter of inquiry in a different funding category?
If my organization receives a multi-year grant, can we submit a letter of inquiry in the same category for a different project during the multi-year grant period?
No. Please refer to the grant guidelines in a specific funding category for more information.
The dates vary from year to year and from category to category. Please refer to the grant guidelines under the What We Fund section for this year's deadlines.
A good proposal starts with an idea that makes sense in relation to the mission of the organization. It is the result of solid planning that studies the idea in the context of the community, reviews alternatives, addresses details, and realistically projects the project's future. A good proposal has a carefully detailed implemented plan, a realistic budget, and a plan for project or program sustainability.
It is very helpful to have a proposal that is clearly and succinctly written. We read numerous proposals each cycle and need to be able to find information easily and quickly.
For many reasons. The most common is that there are more worthwhile projects than funds available. Sometimes, however, relevant information is missing from the grant request, e.g., how a project will be sustained once grant funds terminate or how the project outcomes will be evaluated. Occasionally, the work plan will be incomplete or fails to support the desired outcomes.
Notification dates are included on both the grant guidelines and the grant application. You should hear from Foundation staff by these dates. In the unlikely event that you do not, please call or e-mail either the Program Officer or Executive Director.
May I include extra items with my proposal such as video/audio tapes, newspaper articles, cd-roms, etc?
Supplemental materials should be held to the minimum necessary to convey a basic understanding of the organization, e.g., the annual report. Extra items (e.g., videos, CDs) should not be sent unless specifically requested. Materials included with proposals will not be returned.