Apply for a Grant

In 2019 responsive grant applications will be accepted from previous grantees only.

If your organization has received a responsive grant since 2013, the year the Foundation shifted its funding priority to strengthening families, you are eligible to apply for a new grant in 2019, provided that you meet the other eligibility requirements. Note, this restriction will not apply to our target geographies in Vermont, which we recently opened to grantmaking. We know this news may be disappointing to some, however, we feel it is a necessary—and temporary—step in the evolution of our grantmaking practices.

Why this change?

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. To build on this work with greater intentionality, in 2018 we launched an invitation-only Deep Impact Grantmaking program and streamlined our Responsive Grantmaking processes.

In 2019, 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.

2019 Responsive Grantmaking Webinar

Interested applicants can join staff for a webinar on January 24th at 3pm ET to learn about any changes to the application and grantmaking strategy. A recording will be posted to our website after the webinar.

Register for the Webinar

Eligibility Requirements

Organizations that answer “yes” to the following questions, will be best positioned to apply.

  • Are you a past grantee and was your LAST grant awarded between 2013-2017?
    If you’re unsure, please log in to our grants management system (link provided below) and take a look at your organization history located in the top navigation menu.  
  • Does your work support communities within our geographies?
  • Is your work family-focused?
  • Does your work fall within our grantmaking areas?
  • Did you discuss your funding request with staff prior to starting your application?

Before Starting Your Application

Visit our  Pre-Application Webinars & Resources page and Grants & Initiatives page to learn which type of grant to apply for (capacity building, program support, or general operating).

The Grant Process

The application process begins with the submission of a proposal, budget, and activity plan 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.

2019 Application Deadlines

Cycle 1 (2019)

Applications Become Available:
January 15, 2019

Applications Due:
February 21, 2019

Grant Term:
June 2019 – June 2020

Cycle 2 (2019)

Applications Become Available:
July 2019

Applications Due:
August 2019

Grant Term:
December 2019 – December 2020

Log In to Submit Your Application

Once you have reviewed the guidelines above, we encourage you to apply. If you have further questions, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

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