Grant FAQ

Are there deadlines for submitting materials?

The Foundation accepts Letters of Inquiry (LOI) on a rolling basis. To determine whether you are eligible to apply for a grant, please click here.

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.

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.

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.

If my organization applies, and is declined, will that hurt its chances of receiving funds in the future?

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 Team member before submitting a new LOI to determine if your request fits within the Foundation’s goals.

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.

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.

Can my organization apply for a new grant if a current grant is already underway?

Possibly. The Foundation prefers that an organization complete a grant cycle before applying for a new grant. However, requests to apply before the close of a grant cycle will be considered on a case by case basis, and grantees should contact the appropriate Program Team member for additional information.

Can my organization submit an LOI to increase the amount of an active grant?

The Foundation does not increase funding amounts for active grants.

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.

If my organization is a start-up, can I apply for a grant?

The Foundation typically does not fund organizations that have operated for less than three years.

What will the Foundation not fund?
  • Individuals
  • Arts and culture
  • Post-secondary scholarships
  • Debt reduction
  • Colleges and universities
  • Religious institutions and facilities (including churches, synagogues, congregations, mosques, and temples)
  • Think tanks
  • Endowments
  • Political action groups
  • Annual appeals (in most cases)
  • Publications
  • Academic or health research
  • Fundraising events

Questions specific to the Small Grants Program:

What are the geographic focus areas for the Small Grants Program?

The geographic focus areas for the Small Grants Program include Baltimore, Chicago, Hawaiʻi, New York City, Northeastern Pennsylvania, San Francisco, and Rural Communities surrounding these regions.

Is there a specific format to use when applying for a Small Grant?

Follow the steps on the Small Grants Program page. If you have additional questions, please send an email to

Can a nonprofit apply for a Small Grant using the 501(c)(3) status of a national organization?

Yes, as long as the entity applying has a distinct budget of $3 million or less that is managed by the local organization.

Once the grant is completed, may I apply for a Small Grant again?

Yes. An organization may apply for another Small Grant, but only after a final report for the initial grant has been submitted and reviewed.