What size of grant do you make?
The Foundation has two levels of grants: Grants above $15,000 must go to a full board meeting. Most grants approved at board meetings fall in the range of $20,000 to $40,000.
Small grants ($15,000 and less) and most of them fall in the $5,000 to $8,000 range.Since there is a limited amount each year for small grants we discourage organizations from applying for small grants at the higher levels.
How much can we ask for?
There is no set formula for how much a grant seeker should request. Here are a few guidelines:
- Most grants going to the board of directors are in the range of $20,000 to $40,000.
- Our small grants are mostly in the $5,000 to $8,000 range.
- The Foundation rarely is a top level donor to a capital campaign.
- The amounts the Foundation considers is guided by the geographic area. See the geography page for guidance on how much the Foundation gives in certain areas.
How long does it take to get a grant?
We hope to review and respond to proposal letters within four to six weeks. Those requests that we pursue will fall into one of two categories:
- Small grant review and consideration may be done in a month to two months from the time a proposal letter arrives.
- Larger grants must go to a board meeting; it is common for it to take from six to nine months from the time we receive a proposal letter to review at a board meeting.
What are your deadlines?
Our organization isn't located in one of your giving areas; can we still apply?
How often can we apply for a grant?
If a proposal letter is rejected, can I rewrite it and submit again?