Generally, the Foundation does not fund national organizations. However, staff encourage local affiliates or chapters of national organizations to apply for a single community and have local leadership (e.g., boards, executive staff, physical office space) in one of the Foundation’s grantmaking communities.
No. The Foundation funds work that supports families in its targeted geographies.
Yes, but only if there is a local presence within the eligible community as demonstrated by a local staff presence and/or a local board (either governing or advisory).
Yes, but we would only consider funding that would support the work in the eligible community. If there is no work conducted in the local community then you would not be eligible. Please note that state-wide organizations are typically less competitive.
No. Grant terms are predetermined by the Foundation. Your organization will be asked to sign a grant agreement that specifies the start and end dates of your grant. We set these grant terms to ensure everyone has a fair chance to apply for funding.
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. Typically, approximately 1/3 of the requests received are funded.
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. Awarded grants may be funded for less than the amount requested.
There is no pre-determined number of grants for each geography or grantmaking area.
The Foundation Center has three funding resources that can be used remotely, as an alternative to visiting one of their regional offices.