Thank you for your interest! We are proud to work with nonprofit partners to achieve our collective goals and better the communities where O’Neill family members live and where they’re actively involved with the work of the Foundation.

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.

For Eligible Applicants

Grant requests must be for whole-family approaches that strive to meet the needs of the entire family unit – addressing the needs of both children and the adults in their lives together. Our grantmaking approach recognizes that families come in all different shapes and sizes and that families define themselves.

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