Although not required, potential grantees and current grantees are encouraged to submit concept papers via the web portal before submitting a full proposal, especially if requesting funding for a project not previously supported by the Foundation. If an organization is requesting ongoing support for a current grant, you may skip the concept paper phase.
The concept paper provides the Foundation with basic information about your organization and funding request. Applicants who are uncertain whether or not their proposal aligns with the Foundation’s mission, or whether or not to request project-specific or general operating support, are encouraged to submit a short concept paper prior to dedicating time and effort into a full application that may not be a good fit for the Foundation.
After submitting the concept paper, Foundation staff will review the materials and respond within one month. Selected organizations will be invited via email to submit a full proposal through the online portal for either a project-specific or a general operating grant. Please note that a request for a full proposal based on the concept paper does not guarantee that the Foundation will award support.
Current grantees who are seeking ongoing funding are encouraged to submit a proposal before the current grant has ended, keeping in mind that a new grant award may take up to two months to finalize. New grants will not be finalized until the grantee submits a final report for the current grant.
We recommend you review the following documents before submitting a concept paper.