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Full Proposal Guidelines

Each of the foundations meets independently two or three times a year to consider requests. Inquiries and proposals are accepted on a rolling basis. Your application will be acknowledged via email or letter within three weeks of receipt.

You should address your proposal to the President of the foundation whose areas of interest most closely match your program (see Contact Us). If you need assistance in deciding where to apply, see Frequently Asked Questions. If you have additional questions, please contact the appropriate Program Officer.

For a General Support Grant

Your submission should include a cover letter signed by the Executive Director and/or President of the organization, a clear and concise narrative, and the requested financial information.

You may use any proposal format that you wish, including a standard format developed at your regional association of grantmakers, as long as you include the following information about the organization:

Background Information

  • Name, address, phone and web address

  • Name, title and email address of contact person

  • Name and title of Chief Executive Officer or other person authorized to sign grant agreements

  • Information on Board Members and key staff (Board List on one page, if possible)

  • Mission, goals, history, constituency and key accomplishments

  • Brief background information on the issue(s) your organization is concerned with

  • Plans and priorities for the year for which funding is requested

  • Anticipated outcomes or results of the proposed activities and how your organization assesses such results

Financial Information

  • Dates of your fiscal year

  • Total institutional budgets for two-three years:
    Previous Year — Actual income and expenditures (unaudited figures acceptable)
    Current Year — Estimate of income and expenditures
    Next Year — Projected income and expenditures, if available. [If you are applying for a multi-year grant you should include these figures].

  • For income show major funding sources, by name and amounts. For expenditures show clearly expenses for fundraising, administration and program.

  • Applicants are encouraged to provide a short narrative that explains anticipated sources of support, planned fundraising campaigns or events, significant changes in the organization’s operating budget, or other financial line items that may be unclear.

  • IRS tax status determination letter

  • Most recent audit, 990 form and/or annual report

  • Amount requested and grant period

For a Project Grant

Please submit all the information requested above, as well as:

  • Statement of need for project and past accomplishments, if applicable

  • Description of activities to be carried out

  • Amount requested and grant period.

  • Qualifications of pertinent staff

  • Project budget for three years:
    Previous Year — Actual income and expenditures (unaudited figures acceptable)
    Current Year — Estimate of income and expenditures
    Next Year — Projected income and expenditures, if available. [If you are applying for a multi-year grant, you must include these figures.]

  • For income, show major funding sources by name and amounts. For expenditures, show clearly expenses for fundraising, administration, and program.

  • If applicable, please provide a short narrative that explains anticipated sources of support for this program.

  • Statement as to how the program will be sustained after the grant period is over

For a Renewal Request (current grantees only)

Please see Reporting Instructions and contact your Program Officer prior to submitting a renewal proposal.

 
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