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.

For example, if you received a grant in Cycle 1 2020, your organization is not eligible to apply until Cycle 2 of 2021. If you received a grant in Cycle 2 2019, you will be eligible to apply as early as Cycle 1 of 2021, provided you have met our other eligibility requirements.

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, FL, TX & VT: The Foundation will accept proposals from new applicants and past grantees* in the Big Island, HI; Greater Orlando, FL; Harris, Montgomery and Waller counties; TX; 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.

Basic Needs: Given the prolonged public health and economic crises facing our communities, we expect to prioritize organizations that are helping families to meet basic needs.

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.