Apply for a Grant

2022 Application Deadlines

Cycle 1

Applications Become Available:
February 15

Applications Due:
March 31

Cycle 2 

Applications Become Available:
July 22

Applications Due:
September 2

Note: Our new grant portal goes live February 15!

New users will need to register and activate an account in the system. More information will be posted as soon as it becomes available.

Eligibility

In order to apply for a grant in 2021, you will be asked to complete an eligibility quiz that is available within our grants management system.

General Requirements

Applicants must be either a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization or sponsored by an eligible fiscal agent. 

For past grantee partners, you will not be eligible to re-apply untiall of the following terms are met:

  • Your grant term has officially ended. Grant terms will be noted in your last grant’s agreement letter.
  • You submitted a satisfactory final report to the Foundation, indicating that all terms of  your grant were met.

For example, if you received a grant in Cycle 1 2021, your organization is not eligible to apply until Cycle 2 of 2022. If you received a grant in Cycle 2 2020, you will be eligible to apply as early as Cycle 1 of 2022, provided you have met our other eligibility requirements.

Geographic Focus

MD, OH, DC, & NY: The Foundation will only accept proposals from past grantees* in Anne Arundel County and Baltimore City, MD; Cuyahoga County, OH; Washington, DC (proper); and New York City, NY.

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

Grant Focus

Family-Focused: Applicants must serve families, with preference given to applications with whole-family approaches.

Basic Needs: Given the prolonged public health and economic crises facing our communities, we expect to prioritize organizations that are helping families to meet basic needs.

Grant Focus Area

Health & Well-Being, Educational Success, and Homelessness

Types of Grants

General Operating

Grant Size

Our Responsive Grantmaking Program is extremely competitive. Between now and the end of the year, we anticipate having approximately $1 million (total) to distribute across 8 communities. Although you may request up to 10% of your total operating budget (up to $50,000), realistically, the average grant size will be in the $25,000 range. 

Our Grant Process

The application process begins with the submission of a proposal through our grants management system (Coming Soon!) by 11:59 pm in applicant’s time-zone.

Note: Our new grant portal goes live February 15!

New users will need to register and activate an account in the system. More information will be posted as soon as it becomes available.

Once an application is received, a confirmation email will be sent to the primary contact from our grants management system. The time between the application deadline and award notification will be approximately 3 months.

Staff and O’Neill family members review proposals.

Some organizations may be invited to schedule an informal clarification call to discuss any questions that the reviewers had when reading your application.

Once final funding decisions have been made, an email will be sent to notify the primary contact from our grants management system.

If your organization is approved for a grant, we will ask for an ACH form as well as a copy of a cancelled check or a bank verification letter in order to process your payment. 

If your request is declined, staff will be happy to answer questions regarding the request.

For inquiries from organizations in MD, VT, DC, & NY, contact Marlene Corrado.
For inquiries from organizations in HI, TX, FL, & OH, contact Kara McCullough.