First read our guidelines to familiarize yourself with our grantmaking program and the application requirements. If you have questions, contact our grants manager at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our directors request that all inquiries be addressed to Foundation staff.
Yes. The Foundation only considers proposals that are invited in response to letters of inquiry. Letters of inquiry must be on letterhead and signed by the head of the organization. They are due the first Fridays in May and October and must be received at the Foundation office no later than 5:00 p.m. Letters may be sent via USPS or e-mail at email@example.com
We make every effort to answer letters of inquiry within 20 working days of the inquiry due date.
There's no set range. We look at the scope and long-term impact of your project, the size of your organization, and the other sources of funding you've secured.
Yes: twelve pages for your narrative, which should relate directly to the questions posed in Step 3 of our guidelines. We find that proposals packed with rhetoric and industry jargon obscure the clarity of a project idea and your plans for implementation.
A clear and succinct description of the proposed project, focusing on the big idea, the need or issue it addresses, the expected outcomes of your effort and how they complement other efforts in the field of practice, the method of assessing outcomes, and the project's relationship to the Foundation's grantmaking programs and strategic priorities.
The letter we send inviting you to submit a full proposal provides that information. Please note that the required attachments are part of your proposal. For example, if we ask for 2 copies, each copy should include the attachments.
Staff reviews letters of inquiry for their general fit with Foundation grantmaking programs. Full proposals are given more in-depth review by staff and a corps of independent reviewers with expertise in relevant fields. The board of directors considers the requests along with findings of the in-depth reviews and decides whether to approve a grant.
Yes. To qualify for general operating support, your organization must first fit our grantmaking programs and strategic priorities. We provide limited general support to 1) exemplary single-program organizations; and 2) organizations that provide a range of expertise that is called upon by a variety of public and private agencies.
Generally, we will consider a request for two years of support from organizations that have received funding in the past and with which we have an established relationship.
Organizations applying for project support should submit a project-specific budget detailing expected revenues and expenses as well as a breakdown of how Grand Victoria Foundation funds will be spent. They should also submit an organizational budget that reflects both revenues and expenses. Organizations applying for general operating support should submit an organizational budget that reflects both revenues and expenses. Organizations should also submit a year-to-date revenue and expense statement and a balance sheet for the most recently completed quarter.
A budget narrative briefly describes each line item in the project budget. It tells us important information about your project plan and the financial assumptions under which you operate. For instance, under personnel, it may indicate the number of staff and the percentage of their allocated time, or it may relate to how many brochures are to be printed and the costs for design, production, and printing under “promotion and outreach.” The budget narrative also should clearly list other sources of support, both secured and pending.
Best practices are those for which there is documented research or evidence of their effectiveness in achieving specific outcomes.
The Foundation does not use that lens when evaluating proposals. Rather, we place high priority on efforts that advance our mission and strategic priorities and that are consistent with our values.
Board involvement includes leadership, governance, and financial oversight. We also are interested in the extent to which the racial, ethnic, and gender composition of a board is representative of the populations served by an organization.
Include resumes of everyone directly responsible for implementing the proposed program.
When a grant is approved, the Foundation sends a grant award agreement to the grantee. The agreement sets forth the terms and conditions of the grant, including payment schedule, grant contingencies, and reporting requirements. Unless there are certain contingencies that must be met, such as matching a challenge grant, most grants are released when the Foundation receives the signed grant award agreement.
Generally, we require an interim report six months after a grant period begins and a final report 30 days after the grant period ends. However, some projects require more or less frequent reporting. Foundation staff determines the reporting requirements.