GRANT CRITERIA

We consider requests for funding that meet the overall mission and goals of Quest for the Best.

While each program has its own areas of focus, we consider the following criteria.  These include initiatives that:

  • Target root causes of problems
  • Are replicable either within a sector or across geographical locations
  • Include plans for long-term sustainability
  • Have secured co-funding
  • Strive to collaborate with like-minded organizations
  • Value the participation of people (including children) and communities
  • Favor projects that are not customarily financed by public tax funds
  • Favor grants for specific programs, projects and equipment

All tax-exempt organizations are eligible to apply for grants from Quest for the Best to support sustainable projects. We currently focus on the following areas of focus: Law enforcement training, health care education, vocational training for those financially disadvantaged, support for wildlife and environmental conservation and humanitarianism, specifically related to issues involving clean water, homelessness, hunger, and support for those suffering through the opioid epidemic.  Furthermore, grant requests from organizations located Philadelphia, Delaware, Chester, Montgomery and Bucks Counties located in Pennsylvania take preference.

We do not provide support to individuals.   We also do not fund religious organizations and institutions when the resulting impact of the project is primarily denominational.  We do not fund election campaigns or  political activities.

Generally, we do not offer  operating support, meaning we do not provide funds for expense items such as salaries, overhead or general administrative expenses.

Our grants are subject to a matching requirement.  Cash or securities, in hand, valued at the time of transfer, and designated for our supported project, qualify as matching contributions.  Pledges qualify on a case-by-case basis.  If we award a matching grant we may pay matching funds in installment amounts specified in our award letter.

We may limit funding to the same project or organization when multiple funding requests are made less than one year apart.

We provide grants to organizations in the United States that have been determined by the IRS to be 501(c) (3) charities.   While not our exclusive focus, we do give priority to nonprofit organizations operating on the local level (or an affiliate/chapter of a larger organization that operates locally) providing direct benefits to the Pennsylvania region.

The applicant will complete a Grant Application which will be submitted to us for review.    The applicant will receive an initial email from us within two business days, noting that the Application has been received and is under review.

Upon receipt of the completed Application, some or all of the following steps are taken by our office:  Staff  review, executive committee review, an interview with the applicant including those who would play a significant role in the project if funded, a site visit (if necessary), requests for further documentation, and a  reference check.  Our target for reviewing and deciding upon applications is ninety (90) days.

ABSOLUTELY! Our grants are subject to a one-to-one matching requirement.  Gifts of cash or securities, in hand, valued at the time of transfer, and designated for our supported project, qualify as matching contributions.  Pledges do not qualify.  If we  award a matching grant we may pay matching funds in installment amounts specified in our award letter.

Quest for the Best provides funds for project-based grants.  A “project-based” grant request is an application for funding for a specific project, program or purchase.  Examples of previously approved project-based grant requests include a request to purchase furniture for a shelter’s family room, a request to purchase computers for a museum, funds to support an after-school program’s trip to tour multiple colleges and funds to support a specific program at a zoo.  Please keep in mind that operational costs, salaries, etc., do not fall into the category of a project-based grant request.

We require timely and informative interim and final grant reporting as specified in your grant letter.  Narrative and financial reports should be submitted together on or before the due dates specified in the award letter, in the manner provided in the letter.  We may suspend grant activities and require the return of funds for delinquent or unsatisfactory reporting (not completed at all, incomplete, or not done in a timely matter), and will consider reporting history in the awarding of future grants.

We expect detailed accounting records, with details of all receipts and expenditures.  We reserve the right to conduct on and offsite audits of records related to the use of grant funds. In cases where grantee spending is not consistent with our award, we reserve the right to request the return of awarded funds, disallow expenditures, or take other remedial actions.

A grant award may be conditioned on the satisfaction of specific requirements. When conditions are established, we will not make payment on the award unless and until all conditions have been met.  We reserve the right to rescind a conditional grant when conditions have not been satisfied as specified in the grant letter.

You will be required to provide written verification of the matching funds prior to being awarded the grant.