FAQ


FAQs

Does the Foundation fund organizations and projects outside the United States?
Yes, depending on the type, location and specifics of the project proposed.

Does the Foundation make operating support grants?
Sometimes, depending on the details of the application.

Does the Foundation have a formal application?
The Foundation has a formal online application process beginning with a Letter of Inquiry available here.

Does the Foundation have request deadlines?
Requests may be submitted at any time. Requests are reviewed and acted on three or four times per year.

How long does the approval process take?
The Foundation strives to respond to Letters of Inquiry within 8 to 12 weeks, and full proposals within three to six months.

Are there organizations the Foundation does not fund?
The Foundation will not make grants to or for the following:

  • • Political parties, candidates or political activities
  • • Individuals
  • • Religious organizations where the primary purpose is promotion of a specific religious doctrine
  • • Endowments
  • • Event promotion (such as telethons, walk-a-thons, golf tournaments, parties)
  • • Past operating deficits
  • • Travel or conference expenses
  • • 509(a)(3) organizations

What grant amount should my organization apply for?
Grants vary in size based on the program or project. We value organizations that have a diversified base of support and advise that agencies should not rely on the Foundation for substantial, ongoing annual support.

Does the Foundation make multi-year grants?
The Foundation has made grants over two to five years depending on the type of project involved.

Will I be required to submit reports showing how my grant is being used?
Each grant carries different reporting requirements. These requirements will be discussed when an organization is notified of grant approval. It is the responsibility of the grant recipient to ensure that the grant is used for the purposes indicated in the grant award.

How will my organization know if its application has been approved?
The Foundation will contact the program officer who has been working on the request by phone or email. An award letter will follow.

Once my organization’s request is approved, how soon will we receive the grant payment?
Payment schedules vary and are described in the award letter. Some awards are made as grant pledges, which may carry contingency requirements to be met before grant payments are made.