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The grant application process begins with a conversation and proceeds as a partnership.


Grantmaking Phases

The Foundation accepts inquiries and proposals for most grants on a rolling basis. The regular grant application process includes the following phases (smaller grants may go through an expedited process): 

I. Grant Inquiry Phase 

Grantseekers contact the program manager to begin the application process. This conversation determines your organization’s eligibility and gathers basic information about your request for support.

Not all inquiries move beyond this initial conversation. Requests that are discouraged at this stage will be notified of the reasons for discouragement.

II. Fact-Finding Phase 

Inquiries that meet initial eligibility criteria are assigned a program officer, who looks into the request. This may include a site visit and deeper conversations around the need for support, the organization’s effectiveness in the community issue, and the outcome-focused approach the organization proposes to address the need.

The program officer will then prepare a presentation to the program department. Not all inquiries move forward from the fact-finding phase.

III. Program Department Review Phase 

The program officer presents the request for support to the program department.  Program staff members hear the facts of the request and ask additional questions. They then invite the organization to apply, request additional information, or discourage the request for support. 

If the grantseeker is not invited to apply, the program officer tells the organization about any concerns that were raised. Not all inquiries continue after the program department review phase.

IV. Application Phase 

Grantseekers who are invited to apply receive an email from grants management with an application link. Grantseekers submit the completed application, and the program officer begins to prepare the request for final review. This may take 60 to 90 days after receipt of a completed application.

V. Outcome Phase 

The program officer emails the grantseeker when the request is submitted for final review and decision. This email also links to a survey requesting feedback on your experience during our grantmaking process. 

Once a decision has been reached, the program officer notifies the grantseeker of the outcome.

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