All the foundations will consider letters of inquiry and proposals for general support, if the work of the applicant organization fits with the program priorities and geographic focus of the particular foundation.
The size of grant awards varies across the foundations. Please refer to the list of grants for each foundation to get a sense of its typical grant award.
Occasionally the foundations may provide support for start-up organizations. However, it is rare for them to provide support if there are no other existing sources of funding or evidence of impact.
It is not required, but if this is your first approach to the foundation it would be advisable to submit a letter of inquiry. However, if you have a full proposal already prepared, you are welcome to submit that in lieu of the letter of inquiry.
Yes, please read the information about the foundations and address your letter of inquiry or proposal to the one whose guidelines best match your activities.
You should submit a brief letter of inquiry via email to the foundation whose priorities seem to most closely match your activities and geographic focus. This is the best way for us to get a sense of your activities and programs. If we feel that your inquiry should be directed to a different foundation within the group, we will make an internal referral. The Blaustein Philanthropic Group is small and while each foundation works independently, we work collaboratively to make sure that inquiries are directed to the right place.
Yes, but because each foundation has a specific set of priorities and geographical preferences, this is rare. If you are a new applicant, please address your materials to the foundation that you think is the best match for your work. If more than one foundation is interested in your program, we will let you know.
Yes. However, if you are a new applicant, please address your initial letter of inquiry or proposal to the foundation that seems most aligned with your work, describing the different programs you implement. If more than one foundation is interested, we will let you know. If you currently receive funding from one foundation and believe that another program of your organization would fit the priorities of a different foundation in the group, please contact your Program Officer who will provide guidance.
You may address your proposal or letter of inquiry to the President of the foundation to which you are applying. Please see our contact us section for details.
You may submit your proposal or letter of inquiry via email or mail it to our offices at One South Street, Suite 2900, Baltimore, MD 21202. We do not accept submissions by fax.
Yes, you should receive acknowledgement within three weeks.
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. The appropriate Program Officer will inform you of the timing of board decisions.
A staff member will contact you and will ask you to submit additional materials.
Receipt of your materials should be acknowledged within three weeks. Feel free to contact us if have not heard from us by then. Because each foundation meets on a different timeline, it could be up to six months for a final determination regarding your proposal. Your Program Officer will provide guidance.
Please contact us via email.