Apply for a Grant


In order to apply for a grant in 2020, 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:

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

For example:  

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, 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.

Grant Focus

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

Grant Focus Area

Health & Well-Being, Educational Success, and Homelessness

Types of Grants

General Operating

Grant Size

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

Why these changes?

In 2017, the William J. & Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation concluded a year-long review by re-affirming the Foundation’s long-standing commitment to strengthen families and improve communities in which O’Neill family members live.

In 2020, as part of our ongoing effort to streamline our processes and organize for greater learning and impact, we plan to explore further ways to focus our Responsive Grantmaking program. As we fund in multiple communities with diverse populations and needs, we want to make sure that any proposed changes support our goals to strengthen families in all our communities.

2020 Application Deadlines

Cycle 1 

Applications Become Available:
February 3

Applications Due:
March 9

Grant Term:
June 2020 – June 2021

Cycle 2

Applications Become Available:
August 3

Applications Due:
September 4

Grant Term:
December 2020 – December 2021

The Grant Process

The application process begins with the submission of a proposal through our grants management system. A confirmation email will be sent to the primary contact after the application is submitted.

The time between the date of application and award notification will be approximately 4 months. During this time, staff and O’Neill family members will review proposals. Selected organizations will be invited by phone or email to schedule a site visit with Foundation staff or family members within 30 days of the application deadline. The actual site visit may not take place for several weeks.

Our grant cycles are very competitive. If declined, we will be happy to answer questions regarding the request. Applicants can return at any time.

Before Starting Your Application

Review the following 2020 Responsive Grantmaking webinar recording and view the slides.


In this webinar, staff discussed the Foundation’s decision to shift to provide General Operating Support grants. Staff reviewed the online application process and changes to the Responsive Grantmaking Program’s funding criteria (which may impact the eligibility of your organization).

Preview: Grant Application Questions

For inquiries from organizations in MD, VT, DC, & NY, contact Marlene Corrado:

For inquiries from organizations in HI, TX, FL, & OH, contact Kara McCullough:

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If you have further questions, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

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