Grant Seeker Faqs
We are improving our process for making and managing grants and other investments. Our goal is to increase impact and provide more time to innovate and build strong relationships with you, our partners, to ultimately achieve results for the people we serve, together.
Q. How do I apply for a grant from the foundation?
A. We do not make grants outside our funding priorities. In general, we directly invite proposals by directly contacting organizations. We may occasionally award grants through letters of inquiry.
Q. I have materials I want to submit along with my request for funding. How do I send them?
A. Please submit only the requested forms. We are not able to accept samples, prototypes, or other supplementary materials that accompany requests for funding, and these items will not be returned.
Q. My funding request does not fall under any of your programs. How do I submit it?
A. We do not make grants outside our funding priorities.
Q. I am an individual seeking financial assistance. Am I eligible for a grant?
A. In keeping with our charter, we do not provide funding to individuals.
Q. I am raising money for a cause. Am I eligible for a grant?
A. The foundation makes grants to organizations directly rather than through individual fundraising activities; therefore, we are unable to fund your effort.
Q. How much time will grant seekers have to spend on submitting a new investment?
A. Just as today, that varies depending on the complexity of the investment. We anticipate that while more time may be spent upfront to align on investment results and the approach to measurement and reporting, we anticipate that less time will be required on late stage requests, analysis, and rework.
Q. Who makes decisions on funding and when?
A. The foundation delegates decision making on grants and contracts to a committee across the organization. With our new process, decision makers are identified at the early stage of an investment. Decision makers are informed about and can raise questions during development, rather than holding all questions until the end. More than one site visit may be required.
Q. What documents will grant seekers need to complete?
A. The typical set of documents includes a proposal narrative, a budget and narrative, and a sample report on how data will be measured.
PLEASE DO NOT MAIL YOUR PROPOSAL AND ATTACHMENTS. ALL DOCUMENTS MUST BE SUBMITTED ELCTRONICALLY TO THE FOUNDATION AT A DESIGNATED EMAIL INCLUDED IN THE APPLICATION PROCESS.