Application Procedures and Guidelines

The Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications.

While unsolicited written materials will not be favorably reviewed, an organization may call the Foundation at any time to discuss the possibility of applying for funds. We recommend, prior to any call, a careful review of the Foundation’s grant portfolios, as described on this website. Inquiries for a particular program should be directed to the Program Officer indicated for that area, as noted in each portfolio’s description.

Internal policies further guide funding decisions as follows:

  • The Foundation awards grants for both general operating and project support but prefers to support the general operations of an organization. Other types of requests may be considered, but only after discussion with Foundation staff.
  • Awards are made only to non-profit charitable organizations that are tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or to public governmental units.
  • The Foundation does not consider support for ticketed events or for individuals.

For organizations and projects closely aligned with the Foundation’s program interests and guidelines, an initial phone conversation may lead to further discussions and/or a site visit. The Foundation requires an in-person meeting before a grant is awarded to a first-time applicant.

The Foundation has an online application to guide organizations in preparing and presenting their proposals. For organizations invited to apply for funding, invitations are sent in January. Completed applications must be submitted by February 28 to be acted upon at the Foundation’s May meeting. Although limited grant-making is conducted at an October meeting, proposals are considered at that time only if special circumstances so warrant.

Ultimately, all final decisions on Foundation grants and expenditures are made by the five-member governing Board of Directors.

Please know that the Foundation receives numerous inquiries and grant requests and is, unfortunately, unable to consider or support all projects, even though these projects may have merit.