FAQ

  • Nonprofit organizations that meet the Foundation’s grantmaking criteria are welcome to apply to the Responsive Grantmaking program. The Foundation has several other grantmaking programs that are not accepting applications at this time. Grant requests must be for whole-family approaches that strive to meet the needs of the entire family unit.

  • Through the Responsive Grantmaking program, the Foundation does not make grants outside of its funding priorities. When in doubt, please contact the staff to discuss your funding request prior to your proposal submission.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • New organizations and/or organizations new to the Foundation are encouraged to contact the staff prior to submitting a request.

  • Multi-year funding will not be available for the 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.

  • General Operating grants are the only type of grant with an organizational size requirement: Only organizations with budgets under $2 million and with a board-approved strategic plan or business plan may apply for general operating support.

  • No.

  • No.

  • 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, Foundation 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.