Will the foundation fund individuals?

No, the foundation only funds 501(c)(3) organizations or equivalent and does not respond to requests for personal funding.

Do grantseeker organizations have to be of a particular size to be considered for funding?

No, we fund established 501(c)(3) organizations or equivalent but do not place restrictions based on the size of an organization’s operating budget.  We will also fund organizations that have appropriate fiscal sponsorship.

How do I apply for funding for a Youth Development grant?

Organizations are required to first submit Letters of Inquiry in order to provide staff with information about your organization, program, and overall alignment with the foundation. Following review of your Letter of Inquiry, staff will let you know whether or not to submit a full proposal.

Can I apply for funding from the Science & Health, Arts & Culture, and Special Initiative program areas?

No, grant awards from these programs are foundation-initiated only. Please do not submit a proposal unless you have been directed to do so by the foundation.

What is the typical duration of a grant?

Grant duration varies by program area and funding need, typically from one to three years. The preference for the Youth Development program area is one year.

What size grants does the foundation typically make?

Grants range in size based on the objectives and funding needs of the organization requesting support. Youth Development grants are generally for amounts less than $100,000. Determining how much to ask for will be dependent on the context of the proposed project and your organization’s plans – as part of the review process the staff will review the budget carefully to make sure it is substantiated.

Can I contact foundation staff?

Yes, foundation staff welcomes emails and phone calls from applicants to clarify the foundation’s programs and grantmaking guidelines.

Can I contact the Board of Directors directly?

No, all foundation-related business should be directed to foundation staff.

What are the foundation’s submission deadlines?

The foundation does not have set deadlines for LOI/proposal receipt. Board meetings are held three times a year (generally Spring, Summer and Winter). In order to allow time for processing and review, proposals and supporting documents must be submitted at least two months prior to the Board meetings. It is therefore recommended you contact foundation representatives early in the submission process for guidance on appropriate timing.

Does the foundation require applicants to mail hard copies of the submitted proposals?

If a proposal has been submitted electronically there is no need to submit a hard copy as well.

What is the foundation’s grantmaking process?

Upon receipt of full proposals, the grantmaking process typically involves the following steps 1) review by foundation staff and iterative discussion with the applicant, which may include a site-visit, follow up meetings with key staff, reference checks and program and financial assessment, (2) staff recommendations to the Board and 3) final Board decisions following a comprehensive review.

How long does the decision-making process take?

It is not possible to predict how long the decision-making process will take as proposals are accepted and reviewed throughout the year. Factors influencing the timing include when the proposal is received relative to the next Board meeting date, the amount of due diligence required, and whether the Board requests additional information prior to reaching a decision. The foundation strives to keep grant applicants apprised of the status of their requests throughout this process.

If your proposal is approved, how long until grant funding can commence?

Grant award letters and first payments are typically sent within 4-6 weeks of Board approval.

Can a declined proposal be reconsidered?

Unless specifically indicated, a declined proposal generally will not be reconsidered.

If an organization has received previous funding from the foundation, how soon can it reapply?

The foundation does not generally entertain new proposals from the same organization for a period of three years after completion of a previous grant. This is in order to promote the widest possible base of support for our grantees.

What if the grant term is completed but there are unexpended funds due to, for example, project delays?

It is best to keep the foundation apprised of any unanticipated circumstances that may impact successful completion of your project. Requests for “no-cost extensions” will be formally considered at the time of submission of the grant final report and may be subject to Board approval.

Will the foundation allow changes to the budget of an awarded grant?

Requests for grant re-budgeting should be brought to the attention of the foundation at the time of need and/or discussed in your interim or final report. Re-budgeting requests may be subject to Board approval.

Does the foundation have an official policy regarding indirect charges for Science & Health research awards?

Yes, the policy of the foundation is to cap the amount of allowable overhead or indirect costs at 10%.

What are the foundation’s assets?

Historically the foundation averaged around $30 million in assets. By 2012, largely due to the closure of the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund, the foundation’s assets grew to roughly $200 million, at which point the foundation also expanded to formally add programs in Science & Health and Arts & Culture.


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