Major Grants Program
All applications are required to be submitted online via our online application. A brief explanation of the process for our major grants program--General Operating, Capacity Building, and Program Support Grants over $5,000--is included below, or you can proceed directly to the application to begin applying. You will be required to create an account with an email address and password to proceed, and will use this login throughout the grants process.
If you would like to preview the first steps of the application process without creating an organizational profile, you may do so by clicking here.
If you are having technical difficulties, including a lost username or password, please contact our Program Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Major Grants Process
Applications that do not follow this process will not be reviewed. Note that the process below applies to grant funding requests over $5,000. For information on how to apply for funding in amounts less than $5,000, please contact Kerry McHugh, Program Officer, at email@example.com. For information on how to apply for leadership development grants, which are capped at $1,500 per applicant, see our Leadership Development Grants information.
LETTER OF INQUIRY
All organizations seeking funding in amounts over $5,000 are required to submit an LOI. When you log in to our online grant application, this LOI will be the required first step of the process. We encourage unsolicited LOIs from organizations who meet our eligibility requirements.
The LOI form asks for basic organizational questions (annual operating budget, geographic area of focus, contact information) and allows for the attachment of a two-page PDF document to explain your funding request. LOIs are accepted throughout most of the year, with specific cut-offs for LOI submission to be considered for a specific grant cycle. Our LOI process closes each fall after the deadline for the fall grant cycle passes, and re-opens in late December/early January for the spring grant cycle.
To preview the first step of the application process--the LOI form--click here. Should you decide to submit an LOI, you will be required to create an organizational profile and log in to your account to access your application.
All LOIs will be reviewed in detail by the Program Officer and a select committee of community volunteers and board members. On invitation, organizations will be able to access the full grant proposal form via our online application system. Receipt of all proposals will be acknowledged in writing.
All proposals will be reviewed by the Program Officer and Executive Director, and will be provided to the Board of Directors for review.
To preview the questions asked in full proposals for funding amounts over $5,000, download the corresponding PDF below:
We strive to complete site visits for all applicants, schedules and geography allowing. These visits will be coordinated with those organizations invited to submit full proposals and will be completed prior to our board's review of the applications and final vote.
We currently make grant decisions twice a year: Spring and Fall. In our Spring Cycle, we accept (and encourage!) unsolicited LOIs from any and all eligible organizations whose work aligns with our stated mission and strategy. As of 2019, our Fall Cycle will be conducted by invitation only, with invitations primarily extended to renewing/recurring grant applicants.
Spring Grant Cycle Deadlines:
January 31st: Letters of Inquiry due (by 5pm)
February 28th: Invitations to submit proposals sent
March 31st: Proposals due
April 1st-30th: Site visits, on-site interviews, etc. conducted as needed
June 15th: Notification of proposal acceptance or declination
The above timeline will be in effect for Spring 2020 and beyond. Please contact our Program Officer if you are looking for information on the Spring 2019 timeline.
Fall Grant Cycle Deadlines (by invitation only):
June 15th: Invitations to submit proposals sent
June 15th: Full proposals due
July 15th-July 31st: Site visits, on-site interviews, etc. conducted as needed
September 15th: Notification of grant decision
All organizations submitting a proposal will receive a written notice regarding the decision on the proposal.
Depending on the type and size of the grant, reporting requirements may vary. We will communicate with you on expected reporting and communications when notifying applicants of the grant decision.
Grantees receiving large grants or multi-year grants may be asked for interim reports prior to each installment in addition to final reports at the end of the grant period. Grantees receiving capacity-building grants may be asked to submit a blog post summarizing key learnings to share with other organizations in place of a more typical grant report.
To preview the types of questions asked in final reports, you may download the corresponding PDF below. Please note that these reports are templates only, and the exact questions asked in your final report may vary slightly:
Other Funding Programs: