Types of Grants

Initiative Grants

These grants are made to one or more nonprofit organizations that are attempting to:

  • Address the root causes of social issues, either through elimination of a problem or creation of a solution
  • Alter the structure of a system so that it can better address the root causes of social issues
  • Transform an organization or group of organizations so they are better equipped to alter the structure of a system and/or address the root causes of issues

These grants will align with one of our focus areas, either in one of our designated communities, regionally, state-wide or nationally. The Foundation may choose to identify a particular goal through research or by convening local stakeholders in the development of an initiative or model. There is the expectation that Initiative grants will include elements of strategic planning; promising, best-practice or evidence-based approaches; thorough evaluation; collaborative implementation; leveraged funding from multiple sources; and robust reporting on measurable outcomes. Initiative grants may be made to one or more organizations, over multiple years and in larger amounts than Organization grants.  These grants may come to our attention through our Letter of Interest process or through a Foundation initiated proposal process. See the list below for current Initiative grant opportunities.

Initiative Grant Opportunities:

There are no Foundation-directed Initiative grant opportunities at this time, however, we review Letters of Interest for initiatives coming from potential grantee partners on a rolling basis. Letter’ of Interest deadlines are October 1st for our November 1st application deadline, and March 1st for the April 1st application deadline. Letters submitted after those dates will only be considered in the following cycle (i.e. an additional 5-6 months will pass before application is allowed if you are invited to apply).