General Eligibility

The Foundation generally limits it grants to public charities. That means the Internal Revenue Service has recognized an organization under 501 (c) (3) and also found that it is a public charity under 509 (a) (1) or (2).

Organizations that received their public charity status as supporting organizations under 509 (a) (3) should call our office to discuss eligibility.

Units of government may be eligible depending upon the nature of the request.

New programs or associations that operate under the auspices of a fiscal sponsor must have that sponsor apply on their behalf.

While the Foundation will respond to a wide variety of projects, there are limitations. The Foundation generally does not make grants to:

  • Support general operating budgets or annual campaigns
  • Sponsorships for fund raising events
  • Projects which are supplanting tax funded expenditures
  • Religious organizations for sectarian purposes
  • Basic research
  • Endowment funds
  • Individuals
  • Produce books, films or videos
  • Conferences, seminars, or attendance at same
  • Individual students or student groups raising money for school-related trips