General Eligibility and Funding Criteria

Eligible organizations must have and be able to provide documentation to verify the following:

  • Confirmation that the organization is a 501(c)(3) public charity, unit of government, or public educational institution
    • New or emerging groups that do not have nonprofit status may apply if they have an established nonprofit organization as a fiscal sponsor
  • Employee Identification Number (EIN)
  • Legal name of organization, address, and contact information (phone, email address, fax)
  • Primary contact person and title
  • Most recent financial statements and/or most recent audit and/or IRS Form 990
  • Current year organization operating budget
  • List of current board of directors or equivalent governing body
  • List of staff administering the project
  • Confirmation that the organization operates and is organized so as to not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, familial status, sexual orientation, age, disability, covered veteran status, or other characteristics as identified in the Foundation’s Diversity and Non-Discrimination Statement.

The following types of requests will NOT be funded:

Check eligibility requirements specific to each competitive grant program for variations.

  • Grants to individuals. We are restricted by law and therefore unable to provide grants directly to individuals.
  • Debt retirement or budget deficits
  • Endowment funds or general fundraising campaigns
  • Capital campaigns
  • Faith based organizations and houses of worship are welcome to apply. However their projects that have explicit religious content, express a particular religious view, limit participation based on faith affiliation, or require participation in religious activities or services will not be considered. For example, a church’s food pantry may be awarded funding if participation in the program is not limited based on faith or attendance.