Types of Grants

Initiative Grants

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

  • Address the root causes of a social issue in our focus areas, 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 a social issue; or
  • Transform an organization or group of organizations so they are better equipped to alter the structure of a system and/or address the root cause of a social issue

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 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.  These grants may come to our attention through our Letter of Interest process or through a Foundation initiated Request for Proposal (see below).

Social Impact Media Grants

Social Impact Media (SIM) grants are for proposals focused on creating and disseminating documentary film features, documentary film shorts, episodic documentary series, web series, multi-media projects for web, and trans media projects (VA, AR, or Other) designed specifically to make a social impact. They must either qualify  as Initiatives Grants themselves, for example, using a documentary film feature aligned with one of our four focus areas to make a sustainable impact on a particular social issue, change a system, or transform an organization; or they must be created in collaboration with and support of an ongoing or proposed Initiative Grant, for example, broadly disseminating a multi-media project in support of education and outreach in a multi-partner initiative effort. These grants are extremely competitive and there are limited funds available annually. SIM proposals are eligible for the following purposes and amounts:

  • Development: A range of $10,000 to $30,000, with the possibility of an additional match of up to $20,000
  • Production & Post-Production: A range of $25,000 to $100,000 (generally no match is recommended for this stage, although there will be exceptions)
  • Distribution/Outreach: A range of $25,000 to $100,000, with the possibility of an additional match of up to $50,000

IDEA Capacity-Building Grants (Lovell Foundation Grantee Partners Eligible Only)

In early 2020, The David and Lura Lovell Foundation recognized a growing interest in organizational capacity building among our Grantee Partners in the areas of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA). This work falls within our Gender Parity focus area, as so many of the disparities facing women and girls disproportionately impact people of color and other marginalized communities. The COVID-19 pandemic has cast even greater focus on these disparities.

To inform our IDEA grant program, we engaged a Public Allies AmeriCorps Apprentice, Marsha Brogden, to serve for 10 months as a DEI Outreach Specialist. She conducted extensive research on local and national resources, as well as held 31 individual interviews with staff, Board and volunteers representing 20 Grantee Partner organizations. Major trends were the need for more stable operations support, designated funds, and assistance in developing Board support for IDEA efforts. Many organizations also noted that they would like to have a safe space for inclusive and respectful conversations, and more information about available resources. In November 2020, four awards were made.

These capacity building grants are to aid Lovell Foundation Grantee Partners in their journeys toward a more equitable workplace and accessible services.  With a focus on organizational change and internal planning and development, IDEA efforts such as nonprofit organizational training and support, human resources policy development, as well as outreach and marketing to diverse constituencies and potential employees can be supported. Funds may be used for staff salaries, consultation, and accompanying expenses.

The anticipated grant range is $3,000-$15,000, for initial exploration of IDEA initiatives, planning, or implementation of an initiative that is already in process or in need of additional support.

To expand available resources, the spring 2021 IDEA Capacity- Building Grant round will be in partnership with the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona and Vitalyst Health Foundation.

To apply, contact the Foundation office to receive an online access code (info@lovellfoundation.org).

Grant Application Open: February 8, 2021

Proposals Due: February 26, 2021 by 5:00 p.m.

Awards Announced: March 15, 2021

Request for Proposals

Occasionally the Foundation may generate a specific Request for Proposal for Initiative Grants or Social Impact Media in one of our focus areas. These will be sent out to likely applicants, shared with peer funders, posted on our website and distributed by other means. Please check the sidebar at the top of this page for active Requests for Proposals.