- The majority of the Richard Donchian Foundation's grantmaking is focused in the northeastern United States, although, occasionally, grants may be made in other regions of the country and/or abroad.
- All applicants must have tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status as a non-profit organization as defined by the Internal Revenue Service.
- Grants may range from a few thousand dollars up to $25,000. In unique
circumstances, the Foundation does consider a more significant grant
for a program having a major impact in one or more of our areas of interest.
- Of particular interest to the Foundation are organizations that promote
partnerships and collaborative efforts among multiple groups and organizations.
- The Foundation encourages pilot initiatives that test new program
- Priority will be given to requests that show specific plans for funding beyond the present.
- The applicant must have an active board of directors with policy-making authority. The board should demonstrate competence in the sound financial management of the organization.
- Applications are accepted throughout the year and are reviewed in
the order they are received. Grant applications are reviewed for completeness
by the Foundation's staff and then forwarded to the Foundation's Directors
prior to the start of their quarterly board meetings.
- After evaluating an application, the Board will choose to: decline,
approve, request additional information, schedule a site visit, or invite
the applicant in for an interview.
- Applicants, if declined, may not reapply for at least one year from
the date of the application unless the nature or circumstances surrounding
the request changes significantly. The subsequent application should
describe these changes in full.
- The Foundation generally will not provide grants for the following:
organizations not determined to be tax-exempt under section 501 (c)
(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; individuals; general fundraising drives;
endowments; government agencies; or organizations that subsist mainly
on third party funding and have demonstrated no ability or expended
little effort to attract private funding.
- Whenever possible, grant requests should be made using the Grant Application link (side menu above). Please first review the information in the Instructions
section and the FAQs.
- Prior to proceeding to the On-line Grant Application module, please
review the Foundation's Guiding
Principles and Grantmaking Guidelines
to ensure that the application receives the consideration that it deserves.
- Applicants should be as concise as possible when responding to all
grant application questions. It may be helpful to review the information
provided in the Instructions section,
formulate responses, and then proceed to the Grant
Application link (side menu above). It may also be helpful to type out your responses
in a separate word processing program and then copy that information
directly into the appropriate place on the application.
- Should any questions after reviewing the Foundation's guiding principles
and guidelines, the applicant should contact Foundation
Services LLC prior to submitting its grant application.
- Budgets that you will be uploading with your application should be previewed on your system beforehand. If you would like tips on formatting those budgets, see our Guide here.
If you are having trouble accessing the application form, please visit the FAQ's page. A secondary alternative is to click
here for a Word document version. You can
email the responses from this printed form to firstname.lastname@example.org.