We want our initial application process to be as straightforward
as possible. If you have already prepared a proposal on your program,
by all means send it to us. If not, a two or three page letter of
intent is fine. We are also happy to accept initial applications
that conform to the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers [ABAG]
Grant Application or any Common Application put out through your Regional Association of Grantmakers.
Your initial application should include the following:
Information about the programs(s)
for which funding is requested
- Need, purpose, activities, and evaluation plan of the proposed
- Program budget (including sources of anticipated income as well
as expenditures) and timeline
- Dollar amount of funding requested
Information about your organization
- History, mission, and key accomplishments
- Information on Board members and key staff
- Current institutional operating budget (including major sources
of revenue as well as expenditures)
- Copy of your IRS tax status determination letter or information
about your fiscal agent
Each of the foundations meets independently two or three times
a year to consider proposals. You should address your letter of
intent or proposal to the President of the foundation whose areas
of interest most closely match your program (see Contact
Us). If you need assistance in deciding where to apply, see
Frequently Asked Questions.
Letters of intent and proposals are accepted on a rolling basis.
Your application will be acknowledged within two weeks.
Because of the large volume of requests for support, we can only
invite a small number of organizations to submit additional materials
for consideration. If a staff member contacts you with a request
for further information, please use our full
proposal guidelines, or the Common
Regretfully, we do not provide support for:
- Grants or scholarships to individuals.
- Unsolicited proposals for academic, scientific, or medical research.
- Direct mail, annual giving, membership campaigns, fundraising
and commemorative events.
The foundations rarely make capital grants unless there is a prior
relationship with the applicant organization.
Each foundation has a different set of geographic priorities. The
information provided on each foundation describes its program areas,
funding priorities, and geographic focus. To view this information
in summary form, please refer to our Program