The criteria that follow relate to each of the program areas listed above and offer guidance to prospective applicants. Proposed projects should:
The Foundation will not consider proposals for support of projects to assist with any of the following:
In all program areas, the Foundation makes a limited number of grants for capital improvements, fixtures, and remodeling, retrofitting, and building new structures. In projects involving the building of a new facility or other large-scale capital endeavors, we typically make these grants only during the closing phases when a substantial portion of the required funds are already in hand.
No grants are made to individuals or to organizations that have not been recognized as federally tax-exempt by the Internal Revenue Service. All entities are required to submit proof of 501(c)3 tax-exempt status as part of their applications. An exception to this requirement is for tax-exempt governmental entities or agencies such as schools, fire departments, and libraries; these entities should submit a letter on official letterhead verifying their public status.
The minimum grant awarded by the Foundation is $5,000. We rarely make grants of up to $50,000 for a single year or make multi-year grants. In many cases, especially in our largest grants, awards are payable only after the grantee has raised either a matching amount or has secured the remaining balance for the proposed project.