Our hope is that before making such a high request, you will contact us to discuss your proposal.
Yes, we may decide to fund a portion of your request. Our constraints often challenge us, but we will try to support your good work as best we can.
The review committee will decide on your grant based on the application only; it will not be given any other support materials. It is best that you ensure that your application is complete with all required information. If, however, you feel it is absolutely necessary to include additional materials, please keep it to one or two single pages items only.
Letters informing applicants of the Board’s decision are mailed within a week of the scheduled board meeting. Acceptance and declination letters are mailed at the same time.
You can apply for consideration once a year for one of our two grant cycles. Our board reviews grant recommendations at its March and September board meetings, for which the application deadlines are December 1st and July 1st , respectively. You cannot re-apply for the September board meeting, if your request was declined at the March meeting. However, if you were declined in September, you may file an application by December 1st for the following March board meeting, because that meeting falls in a new calendar year.
This is an area where it might be best for you to call and speak to us before you apply. Technically, you would not be eligible to apply, but if a large percentage of your program participants (50% or more), live within our service area and you can document this fact, we may accept your application.
We do not fund the start-up of programs for organizations who are located outside our service area seeking to expand programming within our service area. Unfortunately, we have limited resources, so we cannot fund many worthy programs.
In order to be eligible under our guidelines, the program must have a track record of at least 12 months of operation within our service area and show other funders from the local community supporting your work here. Frankly, these types of requests are less competitive, unless the program is well established with documented success and impact. It is best to call us to discuss your plans before applying, so that we can be sure your application will fare well in our evaluation process.
If you receive a grant from us, you are required to submit a final report to tell us how you spent the funds. Final reports on previous grants must be submitted before you can apply for funding again. You can find the guidelines on preparing final reports here: final report form.
We treat each type of grant we make equally, so there is no advantage or disadvantage whether you apply for general operating support, a project grant, sponsorship or capital grant. You should choose what you request based on what you need most, and how you can leverage other funders to support your work.