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applying for a grant
Frequently Asked Questions
How often can I apply for funding?
Grant seekers may submit once per application cycle. Please read our grant guidelines before you apply. If you are a returning grantee, please make sure that your previous grant report has been approved, as we do not accept applications if you currently have an open grant. If you are not sure if your organization has an open grant, please contact us.
What are the grant amounts?
Grants are awarded between $2,500 to $50,000. Organizations may apply for one-time or multi-year grants. For multi-year grants, the total amount requested for the 1st and 2nd payment cannot exceed $50,000.
Can I apply for a grant using a fiscal sponsor?
Yes. Organizations that do not have 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, but want to apply for a grant, must use a fiscal sponsor. If you are applying through a fiscal sponsor and are invited to submit an application, you will need to provide 1) the fiscal sponsor’s written agreement or authorization to act as the fiscal sponsor, and 2) the fiscal sponsor’s financial information such as the current annual budget, financial statements, and funding sources.
Do I need to create an account to apply for a grant?
Yes, you need to create an account on our online granting portal. To get started, click here to create an account.
My former colleague created an account but left the organization. Should I register again?
No. If your organization already has an account and you do not have the login information, please contact us.
Can I send my application via USPS or Email?
No. We only accept Letters of Inquiry and grant applications through our online grant system.
Do you have project budget guidelines? Can I include indirect costs in the budget?
We do not have guidelines for project budgets other than the budget should reflect actual project expenses. Any line items in a project budget (direct or indirect) would be considered part of the project and evaluated as part of the overall review.
I accidentally hit submit before I completed my application. What should I do?
Contact us to have your application reverted to a draft so you can continue working on it. This can only be done prior to the submission deadline.
What happens after I submit my application?
Applications are reviewed by staff for eligibility and completeness and then evaluated by our Grant Committee for recommendation. Final approval for all grants is determined by the Board of Directors.
How and when will I be notified?
You will be notified by email whether your grant application was approved or declined. The approximate date of this email notification will be listed on our website when you apply for a grant.
Can I get feedback if my application is declined?
Due to the volume of grant seekers, providing individual feedback on your application is not possible. However, when you are notified of the outcome of your grant request, we may include include general information about whether your application was incomplete, missing required information or does not qualify.
We award grants from $2,500 to $50,000. Our grant application process has two stages. You must first submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) and then, if invited, submit a full proposal.