For most grant opportunities, the Trust will issue open, public Requests for Proposals (RFPs). Each RFP will detail the outcomes sought by the Trust, and the criteria used to award grants. RFPs will be published on the website in each specific funding area and will contain complete details and deadlines.
The Trust is using an online system for submitting applications. The format will be new to all applicants, including those who have already received funding. Please review these instructions before you start.
- Use the "Question List PDF" at the top of the application page as your guide when preparing to apply.
- Character counts include spaces.
- Do not use commas in any field requesting a dollar amount or quantity
- Most narrative fields are expandable: look for the grey hash mark in the lower right corner of the text field.
- Wherever numerical data is needed, a spreadsheet with a built-in formula will make sure your numbers add up correctly.
- Save often. Your application will auto-save every 20 minutes. Saving preserves your data and allows you to log out and return.
- Use the Application Packet document at the top of the application to review your completed form.
- If your supporting documents are not Word, Excel or PDF files, choose "Fax to File" from the left menu to convert them to PDFs.
- For more step-by-step help, watch this video tutorial.
Review And Evaluation Of Proposals
The Trust’s program staff reviews proposals and presents recommendations to the Executive Committee (board of directors). They determine whether an applicant’s proposal is consistent with the Trust’s program strategies and goals; whether the organization demonstrates the capacity to meet its objectives; if it can design strategies to achieve results; and if the project has the potential for measurable impact. Program officers may also conduct site visits to assist their evaluation and to better understand the proposed project.
Due to the volume of applications, the Trust is unable to fund all requests submitted for consideration, including those that meet program priorities.
The Executive Committee makes decisions on grant recommendations of over $25,000 in each of the foundation’s three grant cycles: January, May, and September. Organizations will be notified of grant decisions soon after each board meeting. Requests for funding of $25,000 and under are submitted for internal review and approved on a rolling basis during each cycle. Organizations must return their signed grant agreements by the 10th of the month in order to receive payment on the 20th of the following month.
Reporting On Your Outcomes
Grant recipients provide narrative and financial reports on their project activity. The grant award letter specifies the deadline for submitting reports. Read more about final reports.