Frequently asked questions
1. Are there deadlines for submitting materials?
The Foundation accepts Letters of Inquiry on a rolling basis instead of defined grant cycle with a deadline. Nonprofits may submit a LOI when they are ready to do so without any restrictive Foundation deadlines.
2. Can my organization submit a request for both a capital and an operating or program grant?
Yes. If your organization meets the criteria for a capital grant as described on the website, a request can be submitted for both a capital and an operating or program grant. A separate LOI should be submitted for each request. One organization may not submit more than two requests.
3. What is the review process?
The review process is comprised of two stages: the LOI followed by a full proposal if invited. Grant proposals are carefully reviewed by Foundation staff and then ultimately approved or declined by the Trustees.
4. What can I do to expedite a decision?
If your organization is invited to submit a full proposal, you can expedite the review process by submitting the documents as soon as possible. During the due diligence process, you can assist Foundation staff by being responsive to requests for information.
5. If my organization applies, and is declined, will that hurt its chances in the future of receiving funds?
No. Each year there are many organizations the Foundation is not able to fund. Some organizations do successfully receive a grant after having been initially declined. If your organization is declined, you may wish to contact the relevant program director before submitting a new LOI to determine the extent to which your request fits within the Foundation’s charitable goals.
6. What is the typical grant amount?
There is no typical grant amount. The size of a grant depends on the budgetary needs of a particular organization or project and the Foundation’s financial resources. The exact amount is at the discretion of the Trustees.
7. Will the fact that my organization has received many years of funding from the Foundation be a favorable factor in this competitive environment?
Not necessarily. Some organizations have received support for many years because of the unique nature of their direct services in the community. If the Foundation believes it is important to ensure that this work is continued, a new grant may be looked upon favorably. The Foundation will consider past performance when evaluating a new request, regardless of whether or not the organization has been previously funded.
8. When is an organization able to apply for a new grant if a current grant is already underway?
Generally the Foundation would prefer the organization receive its final payment, and submit its final report, before applying for a new grant. If you would like additional details, please speak with your program director.
9. Can my organization submit a LOI to increase the amount of an active grant?
The Foundation generally does not increase funding amounts for active grants.
10. How can I increase my organization’s chances of being funded?
You should ensure that your organization meets the Foundation’s goals, follows guidelines, and is responsive throughout the review process. Even if your organization is eligible and responsive, the Foundation cannot guarantee that a grant will be made.
11. If my organization is a start-up, I know that it can’t apply for the Maryland Small Grants Program (MSGP). Can it still apply through the regular process?
The MSGP stipulates that organizations must exist for at least three years to be considered for funding. Although this three-year requirement does not apply to the regular process, the Foundation is likely to view requests from established organizations more favorably. Please speak with the relevant program director before preparing a request from a new organization.
12. If my organization is currently a grantee through the Maryland Small Grant Program (MSGP), when should it submit a LOI through the regular process?
Organizations that have received funds through the MSGP for two years must thereafter apply through the regular process. An LOI for a program or general operating grant may be submitted at any time, but a new grant will not be considered until the existing MSGP grant is concluded. *Note: MSGP grant recipients may submit a capital request through the regular process at any time.