• It depends.

    For organizations from MD, OH, DC, & NY:  While you may have received a grant from one of the Foundation’s other grantmaking programs, you must have received a prior grant (dating back to 2013) through our Responsive Grantmaking program to be eligible to apply to the Responsive Grantmaking Program. This applies to past grantees* in Anne Arundel County and Baltimore City, MD; Cuyahoga County, OH; Washington, DC (proper); and New York City, NY.

    For organizations from HI, TX, FL, & VT: The Foundation will accept proposals from new applicants and past grantees* in the Big Island, HI; Harris, Montgomery and Waller counties; TX; Greater Orlando, FL; and Bennington and Rutland counties, VT. 

     *A past grantee is defined as an organization that has received a Responsive grant dating back to 2013, the year the Foundation shifted its funding priority to strengthening families.

  • Through the Responsive Grantmaking program, the Foundation does not make grants outside of its funding priorities.

  • No. The Foundation funds work that supports families in its targeted geographies.

  • Generally, the Foundation does not fund national organizations.

    However, staff encourage local affiliates or chapters of national organizations to apply for a single community and have local leadership (e.g., boards, executive staff, physical office space) in one of the Foundation’s grantmaking communities.

    When in doubt, please contact the staff to discuss your funding request prior to your proposal submission.

  • There is no pre-determined number of grants for each geography or grantmaking area. However, the Foundation’s process is competitive. Typically, approximately 1/3 of the requests received are funded.

  • Awarded grants may be funded for less than requested.

  • No. Current and past grantees are not eligible to apply until their grant term has officially ended, a satisfactory final report has been received, and a grant close-out notification has been received by the grantee.

  • No. Grant terms are predetermined by the Foundation. Your organization will be asked to sign a grant agreement that specifies the start and end dates of your grant. We set these grant terms to ensure everyone has a fair chance to apply for funding.

  • The Foundation Trustees approved new guidelines for 2021. The new guidelines indicate that the Foundation will only accept new proposals from grantees in the Big Island, HI; Harris, Montgomery and Waller counties; TX; Greater Orlando, FL; and Bennington and Rutland counties, VT. For our full list of geographies, visit: Where We Fund.

  • No, not for our Responsive Grantmaking program. Unless otherwise directed by staff, consider the grant term to be 12 months when developing your proposal. An organization may reapply for up to three consecutive grants.

  • Organizations may request no more than 10% of their total operating budget (up to $50,000)

  • No.

  • Applicants can return at any time. If a proposal is declined, staff will be happy to answer questions regarding the request.

  • The Foundation Center has three funding resources that can be used remotely, as an alternative to visiting one of their regional offices.

    • The Foundation Center Directory allows you to search for resources by geographic area, grantmaker type, 990s, and keywords.
    • The Foundation Center Maps illustrates philanthropic data of who is funding which issue areas and where these issues are being funded. Searches can be refined to include geographic area, issue area, organization name, population group, support type, grantmaker type, grantmaking years, and keywords. The maps also have a unique feature of presenting grantmaking trends over time. The Foundation Center holds monthly webinars about this resource.
    • GrantCraft is a service of the Foundation Center that improves the practice of philanthropy by providing resources rooted in the practical wisdom of funders worldwide.