We believe in the appropriate level of diligence for the scope of the proposed project. Our grant applications are by invitation only. We do an initial screen to ensure a prospective partner organization aligns with our mission and priorities, which may involve a phone interview or site visit. Once we determine potential fit, we invite the organization to submit an on-line proposal describing the scope of the project, budget and goals. The board meets regularly throughout the year to review and approve proposals. We don’t typically award multi-year grants, but may invite our partners to renew grants on an annual basis for up to a total of four years. Any grant in the fourth year will be made only as a 1:1 match, to challenge new donors to give or existing donors to increase their gifts. We want to encourage partners to seek diversified funding and to allow us to support new programs.
Because we receive hundreds of inquiries each year and have a small team, we are unable to accept unsolicited grant proposals. However, prospective partners can register on our grant portal (below) so they are in our database. We try to be a paperless organization and keep our data secure in one place, so we ask that all inquiries be sent via the portal, rather than by mail or email. Current partners should also use the portal to submit annual reports and renewal requests.