Grant Seeking FAQS

 

Q: We don't have 501(c)(3) status - can we still apply?

Q: How do I apply for a grant?

Q: How can I check the status of my grant application?

Q: If our previous grant request was denied, can we apply again?

Q: Can I apply for a grant from a donor-advised fund?

Q: How do you determine your grantmaking focus for your different funds?

Q: Do you need to know someone to get a grant?

Q: Can anyone at the Community Foundation help me write a proposal?

Q: Can we meet before we submit our grant application or inquiry?

Q: Do you give grants to individuals?  

 


 

Q: We don't have 501(c)(3) status - can we still apply?

A: We require all applicant organizations be designated as current 501(c)(3) organizations from the IRS and be in good standing with the State of Florida. In very rare cases it is possible for an organization who does not have 501(c)(3) status to apply using a fiscal sponsor. We encourage all applicants to contact  the Community Investment department before applying for a grant.  


 

Q: How do I apply for a grant?

A: There are five basic steps to applying for a grant:

  1. Review the grantmaking guidelines.
  2. Get a username and password for our online system
  3. Complete your organization's profile.
  4. Submit an electronic grant inquiry.

Once the inquiry is reviewed, you may be invited to complete the full grant application.


 

Q: How can I check the status of my grant application?

A: You can log in to Grants Center to review the submission status of your application or by contacting your Community Investment Officer.


 

Q: If our previous grant request was denied, can we apply again?

A: Yes, each application is considered on its own merits.  Our competitive process is typically open once a year so contact Community Investment staff to check on the current grant cycle.


 

Q: Can I apply for a grant from a donor-advised fund?

A: Grants from donor-advised funds are made to nonprofit organizations based on the donor’s areas of interest.  For many of the donor-advised funds an application is not necessary. Our staff may request an application from specific organizations that meet donor intent.   Staff often work with our fundholders to identify opportunities which match their interests for philanthropic investments.  Because of this we highly recommend that you keep your organizational profile up-to-date with any new projects or events you may be having.  If your profile is not up-to-date then a donor may not be able to see you at all.


 

Q: How do you determine your grantmaking focus for your different funds?

A: Staff evaluates the budget on an annual basis.  This includes analysis of areas of need to which funding can be directed.  For our donor-advised and field of interest funds, staff evaluates possible partnerships that will suit donor intent while also meeting community needs.  The Community Foundation is interested in understanding the needs of the Palm Beach and Martin County communities and engages in putlic conversations with service providers and interested members of the public.  Additionally, we work closely with our funding partners to maximize the benefits of our investments through shared and focused resources.


 

Q: Do you need to know someone to get a grant?

A: No. The Community Investment staff members review all of the proposals and inquiries that come in through our competitive grant making as well as our donor-advised processes.  All proposals received are vetted for appropriateness. We adhere to strict conflict of interest and confidentiality policies to provide a fair application process.  


 

Q: Can anyone at the Community Foundation help me write a proposal?

A: We do not provide assistance with writing proposals. However, we suggest you visit our Funding Resource Library, a comprehensive collection of  grantmaking periodicals, subscriptions and online data bases.  The Foundation Center conducts orientations on how to best utilize the available proposal writing materials. Daryl Houston, community investment officer, provides oversight of the collection and conducts the monthly orientations. Call to make an appointment for our next orientation.


 

Q: Can we meet before we submit our grant application or inquiry?

A: Staff time is quite limited due to the sheer volume of requests. However, we do recommend that organizations call the Community Investment department prior to submitting an application or inquiry. 


 

Q: Do you give grants to individuals?  

A: No. However, if you are a graduating senior, please refer to our scholarship page to learn more about that program.


 

If you have any questions please contact the Community Investment staff.

 
Renee Constantino, VP for Community Investment
 
Daryl Houston, Community Investment Officer 
 
The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, age, sexual preference, or national origin.  Applicants for grants from the Community Foundation must hold similar standards. Competitive grant applications from organizations known to have discriminatory policies will not be considered.