We’ve worked to create a simple and streamlined grant process.

The Foundation accepts unsolicited proposals once per year for either capacity building or multi-year needs. Applicants must be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to building a community where all our neighbors have access to the resources and opportunities they need to reach their fullest potential. This commitment should be evident within internal structures, goals and approaches.

Application Process:
1. Potential applicants call or email Foundation staff with an idea
2. Potential applicants complete an internal self-assessment and then meet with Foundation staff to discuss their organization and funding needs
3. Applicants are invited to complete an application through the online grants management system (application questions can be found in the drop down menus below)
4. Staff may decline the application, defer the application to a future cycle, or schedule a site visit or call to learn more about the organization
5. Applicants revise their application and submit it for consideration
6. Funding decisions are communicated and follow-up reporting assigned

Grants Management Portal

Application Timeline:
The Foundation values community partnership and invites all grant seekers and recipients to contact our office at any time to discuss the grant application and award process.  The application deadline is 5:00 EDT on the day of the deadline.

 

Response to COVID-19

Since mid-March, we have been in daily conversations with nonprofits and community leaders to develop an understanding of the evolving community needs and to identify the most impactful role the Foundation can have in responding to the COVID-19 outbreak and its impact on our most vulnerable residents.

Based on our learning and in an effort to be responsive to the needs of the community, we are changing our Spring 2020 Grant Cycle into a cycle focused on frontline organizations meeting the most pressing community needs that have emerged as a result of the coronavirus.

We will be offering $15,000 general operating grants to those organizations and efforts working with vulnerable populations to provide or maintain:
• Basic human needs: food and shelter
• Access to medical and mental health services
• Access to childcare
• Income supports

We have a limited number of grants available, so we ask that you only apply if you are directly supporting local residents and families who are most affected by emerging health, economic, and social impacts. If you are not working in this space but know of others who are, please ask them to contact us.

We recognize the impact of this situation extends beyond these initial needs and are thinking creatively about how we can support our nonprofit partners once community needs are stabilized.

We thank you for your work in our community and for your flexibility during these difficult times. If you are interested in applying, please contact Robin Posey using the link at the bottom of this page. The application deadline is 5:00 PM on 4/10/2020.

2020 Spring Cycle - UPDATED

  • Application Open
  • Application Deadline
  • Virtual Site Visits
  • Funding Decision
  • March 16, 2020
  • April 10, 2020
  • April - May
  • To Be Determined

2020 Fall Cycle

  • Application Open
  • Application Deadline
  • Site Visits and Calls
  • Funding Decision
  • July 6, 2020
  • July 31, 2020
  • August - September
  • October 27, 2020
  • Capacity Building Grants

    Capacity Building Application Questions

    • Limited funding for one-time project needs
    • Requested amount determined through consultation with program staff
    • Annual funding opportunity
    • Applicants must demonstrate how funding will enhance their capacity to meet their mission and address the foundation’s priority areas

     

  • Multi-year Grants

    Multi-year Application Questions

    • Up to three (3) years of unrestricted funding
    • Highly competitive
    • Applicants must submit current strategic plan and audit
    • Grantees will be asked to reflect on how their organization’s mission-related activities have advanced the Foundation’s priority areas during the grant period and report on the results achieved within the grant period as outlined in the organization’s strategic plan

     

  • Organizational Characteristics

    Examples of grant seeker characteristics sought to secure funding

    • Clear organizational vision with corresponding goals, strategies and a written plan designed to measure progress towards goals
    • Necessary leadership, staff skills, and experience for successful plan execution
    • Capacity to measure organizational and program success and to apply learning for continuous improvement
    • Organizational decision-making strategy that engages those being served
    • Solid financial practices related to budgeting, forecasting and reporting to the board and a financial plan to support the organization’s strategic plan goals
    • Demonstrated knowledge of national trends in the field and use of best practices
    • An elected, engaged Board of Directors representing the diversity and demographics of the community served, including individuals with varied skill sets and the committee structure necessary to succeed
    • Collaborative relationships that enhance the organization’s ability to serve the community
    • A broad base of community and financial support demonstrating organizational sustainability

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