GRANT CRITERIA

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

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

We do not provide support to individuals, and do not provide funding for scholarships or tuition assistance for undergraduate or postgraduate studies. 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, political activities,  or general fund-raising drives.

Our grants are subject to a matching requirement.  Only newly received 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.

We provide grants to organizations in the United States that have been determined by the IRS to be 501(c) (3) charities.

The applicant will complete the Letter of Intent which will be submitted to us for review.  If our interest area and the request for funding from the applicant are compatible, then the applicant will receive an email containing a password, so that the applicant can complete the full grant application.  The applicant will receive an initial email from us within two business days, noting that the Letter of Intent has been received and is being reviewed.

An email containing a password, or explaining why the funding request is not compatible, at this time, with our  current funding initiatives should be received by the applicant within thirty (30) days.

Upon receipt of the completed application, some or all of the following steps must be completed 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 possible site visit, and reference check.  Our target for reviewing and deciding upon applications is ninety (90) days.

Our grants are subject to a matching requirement.  Only newly received 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.

We make spendable grants, which are to be spent according to the proposal, schedule, budget and conditions specified in our award letter.  The grants do contain a matching condition.

We require timely and informative interim and final grant reporting.  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, and will consider reporting history in the awarding of future grants.

For awarded grants of less than $5,000, these requirements may be satisfied by a letter from the Grantee to us discussing how the funds were applied.

Grantees are required to retain accounting records, detailing all receipts and expenditures, for a minimum of three years following submission of the final grant report. Organizations receiving expenditure responsibility grants are required to keep records for four years. 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 in a timely manner.

Grantees should also promptly inform us  in writing of significant changes in project staffing, organizational leadership, scheduling, or budgeting, when such changes occur during the grant period. We reserve the right to suspend the use of grant funds if the change is considered material to the success of the grant, in our sole, absolute discretion.