FAQ

  • Please contact the staff to discuss your funding request prior to your proposal submission.

    • For inquiries (from new applicants), email Kara McCullough. 
    • For inquiries (from past grantee partners) related to DC, MD, NY, and VT, contact Marci Lu. 
    • For inquiries (from past grantee partners) related to FL, HI, OH, and TX, contact Leslie Perkul. 
  • 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. Staff encourage local affiliates or chapters of national organizations to apply for a single community.

    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.

  • With our transition to General Operating support, the Foundation will fund no more than 10% of an applicant’s total operating budget (up to $50,000). 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 grantees will be eligible to apply for a new grant once their grant term has ended, all terms of the grant agreement have been met, and a final grant report is submitted. Grantees will be notified by staff via email when their grant is closed.

  • If eligible, organizations that new to the Foundation are encouraged to contact the staff prior to submitting a request.

  • 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.

  • No. Please apply when a permanent Executive Director has been named. 

  • Applicants can use their own budget form to submit a project budget. However, the project budget should include all funding sources and related project expenses. The project budget should also include a narrative that 1) describes which line items will be supported by the Foundation, and 2) indicates which funding sources are committed, pending, and/or anticipated.

  • 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.