Important to Know Before you Apply

Thank you for your interest. Please review this information before you apply as we want to be helpful to you and make this a positive experience for all of our applicants.
  • Applicants must be a 501(c)3 organization.
  • Requests should align with our mission and funding priorities. Please review our Mission Areas, What We Fund, and What We Don't Fund.
  • Grant applications are reviewed and decisioned monthly. Applicants are notified of the decision two to four months after submission. The 2021 grant cycle closes November 30, 2021. We will begin accepting applications January 1, 2022 for the 2022 grant cycle.
  • Grants are typically in the $5,000 to $20,000 range.
  • The foundation has an online Grant Application.
  • You may save the Grant Application as a draft and return to it at a later time.
  • You will receive an email notification when you submit your application.
  • There is a “collaboration” feature on the application that allows more than one person to work in the application at the same time (but not in the same section).
  • Depending on where we are in the grant cycle, it could take up to five months to review your request, present it to the Board and notify you whether it is approved or declined.
  • We know you are anxious to hear, but please do not contact us to check on the status of your grant request.

Grant Application Options

When applying for a grant, please submit only one grant application.  Choose the appropriate Grant Application for your request:

  • the Small Grant Application is for requests of $5,000 and under
  • the Grant Application is for requests greater than $5,000

Both grant application questions may be previewed without creating an account.

Challenge Grants

The Foundation may award challenge grants from time to time to give you a tool to increase your donor base and/or your total contributions.

Please note:

  • The challenge grant is usually a dollar-for-dollar match.
  • The deadline to raise the matching funds is one year from the date of the Grant Agreement.
  • Funding from government sources or those raised prior to the date of approval will not be matched without the Foundation’s prior consent.
  • The challenge grant must be mentioned in soliciting the matching funds. Examples include a direct mail appeal, an e-campaign, a proposal to a prospective donor, etc.
  • The challenge may be used at an event to help raise the matching funds. The Foundation may be acknowledged as the donor of the challenge grant but not as a sponsor or underwriter of the event.
  • Contributions that are set up or received on a regular basis from donors (such as a sustaining monthly or annual contribution) are not matched as part of the challenge grant unless the dollar amount is increased as a result of the challenge grant.
  • Documentation of the matching funds is required before the grant funds are awarded. You will be able to upload to our grant management system whatever tool you used to track the matching funds (e.g. a line item on your accounting software, spreadsheet, etc.).
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