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2021 Application Deadlines – Coming Soon

Please return to this page for updates. In late January 2021, we’ll post changes to our funding criteria and 2021 application deadlines.

Cycle 1

Applications Become Available:

Applications Due:

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Cycle 2 

Applications Become Available:

Applications Due:

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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.

Geographic Focus

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

HI, FL, & VT: The Foundation will accept proposals from new applicants and past grantees* in the Big Island, HI; 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

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. A confirmation email will be sent to the primary contact after the application is submitted.

The time between the application deadline and award notification will be approximately 3 months. During this time, staff and O’Neill family members will review proposals. Selected organizations may be invited by phone or email to schedule a clarification call (no more than 30 minutes) to discuss any questions that we have after reviewing your application. Questions will be shared prior to the call. We are not expecting any formal presentations, such as that which we typically see in our standard site visits. 

We have moved to an ACH payment process for all of our grants. 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 declined, we will be happy to answer questions regarding the request.

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 had planned to focus our Responsive Grantmaking program.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we made further changes to our Responsive Grantmaking Program. During these unprecedented times, we know that each of you is doing everything you can to keep your workers and communities healthy and safe while responding to the immediate needs of the families you serve. 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.

Before Starting Your Application

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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