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If the organization is not a 501 (c)(3) (public charity), may it apply to the Foundation for support?
The Foundation supports only public charities recognized by the Internal Revenue Service and classified as 501(c)(3) designated charities.
If my organization is not based in one of the eight counties, may I still apply to the Foundation for support?
Yes, provided that funds awarded for the project or program assist or serve residents in the eight county geographic area.
Endowments are not funded by the Foundation.
Most capital campaigns are focused on building projects also known as bricks and mortar. Although the Foundation has not funded building projects in the past, it will consider requests for such projects.
Yes, the Foundation will make grants to support general operating expenses, including salaries. However, the organization must be able to sustain these costs beyond the Foundation grant period.
The Foundation does not fund vehicles.
The Foundation cannot fund ongoing requests.
The Foundation will consider proposals up to $300,000. Traditionally, Responsive Grants have ranged from $25,000 to $250,000. Community Impact Grants are $7,500 or less.
The Board prefers to make single-year grant awards. At the Board’s discretion, multi-year requests (2 or 3 years) may be considered but are rare.
Will the Foundation make grants to churches / congregations for projects that are restricted only to benefit those members of the church/congregation?
Projects seeking funding from the Foundation must benefit the larger community, not a single church/congregation or only members.
We ask that organizations seeking funding prioritize their requests before sending proposals to the Foundation and only submit one request that they feel is most needed.
Organizations may only submit one application per calendar year or twelve-month period. Further, organizations funded by the Foundation may not apply for a new grant until the current grant funds are expended and grant reports have been turned in to the Foundation.
The Foundation does not pay for medical or health-care needs of individuals.
The Board may fund certain types of medical research. However, these projects will be accepted only at the invitation of the Foundation.
Will the Foundation fund indirect costs (the administrative overhead involved in overseeing a project)?
Yes, the Foundation will consider paying for a reasonable amount of overhead costs as part of a larger project. This includes time spent by non-program staff (Executive Director, etc.) or other resources used. These expenses must be clearly explained in the proposal request and capped at 10%.
The Foundation may underwrite the costs of individual attendance at pre-identified health-related conferences or symposiums initiated by the Foundation.
Unfortunately, the Foundation cannot support annual fund drives or other social event activities.
The Foundation is unable to fund these groups.