Proposal Requirements

We invite full proposals after reviewing letters of inquiry. We only consider full proposals we have invited. Successful applicants will be invited by email to submit full proposals and will be sent an online link to the same account login page used to submit the letter of inquiry. There, they will be able to access an online form for submitting a full proposal. This form should be completed according to the instructions in the Full Proposal Content Guide.

Full Proposal Content Guide

Applying for Project or Program Support

In addition to completing the online form, project or program support applicants will be asked to upload the following documents:

  1. A narrative of no more than seven pages that includes the information listed below. Please clearly label each of the ten sections in your narrative.
    • Organization Description: A brief description of the applicant organization and its mission, highlighting how its work and accomplishments align with the project or program goals and with the Foundation program area under which the proposal is being submitted (Criminal Justice, Youth Justice or Workers Rights);
    • Problem(s) to be Addressed: A description of the needs and problem(s) to be addressed;
    • Activities/Strategies: List, in bulleted format with narrative text as appropriate, the proposed activities and strategies to address the problems/needs outlined above;
    • Budget: A narrative description of the total amount of the organizational and project or program budgets, indicating major funders of the organization and secured potential funders of the project or program and a brief description of how the amount requested from the Foundation will be used to support the project or program;
    • Expected Outcomes: An indication of the goals and expected outcomes for the project or program, listed in a bulleted format with narrative text as appropriate;
    • Assessment: Plans and methods for documenting the emergence and assessing the quality of the project or program outcomes;
    • Prior History: A brief description of the applicant’s prior experience in the field of work involved in the proposed project or program;
    • Board of Directors: A list of the organization’s board of directors with their titles and affiliations;
    • Key Staff: A list of key staff and their qualifications;
    • References: Names, titles, organizational affiliations and contact information for at least three individuals who can comment knowledgeably on the organization’s work and accomplishments.
  2. A lobby statement signed by an officer of the organization indicating the amount and percentage of the project’s or program’s budget, if any, that will be used in attempting to influence legislation. Applicants are required to use the Foundation’s lobby statement template. No substitute statements will be accepted. If applying for more than one year of funding, be sure to include the relevant information for each year of the proposed grant period.
  3. A copy of the applicant’s current organizational budget listing all expenses and income, including confirmed and pending support from foundations (by name) and other sources.
  4. Total project or program budget for the period of the request. Project or program budgets should preferably include no more than six line-item expense categories. Please delineate by name which income sources have been confirmed and which sources are pending. If applying for multi-year funding, the project/program budget should provide a breakdown of the income and expenses for each year of the grant separately.
  5. A copy of the organization’s current year-to-date-financial statements. If it is the beginning of your fiscal year, please submit last year’s statement.
  6. In addition, applicants can provide recent, relevant press coverage that shows the impact of the organization’s work. Providing press coverage is optional and not an application requirement.

Applying for General Support

In addition to completing the online form, general support applicants will be asked to upload the following documents:

  1. A narrative of no more than seven pages that includes the information listed below. Please clearly label each of the ten sections in your narrative.
    • Organization Description: A description of the organization’s mission, goals, and current work and how this work aligns with the Foundation program area under which the proposal is being submitted (Criminal Justice, Youth Justice or Workers’ Rights);
    • Problem(s) to be Addressed: A description of the needs and problem(s) to be addressed by the applicant organization’s activities;
    • Activities/ Strategies: A list, in bulleted format with narrative text as appropriate, of the specific work strategies and activities of the organization to address the problems outlined above;
    • Budget: Provide the total organizational budget indicating major sources of funding and a brief narrative of the organization’s major expenses;
    • Expected Outcomes: A description of the applicant organization’s expected outcomes for the requested grant period, listed in bulleted format with narrative text as appropriate;
    • Assessment: Plans and methods for assessing the occurrence and quality of the organization’s outcomes and progress toward its goals;
    • Prior History: A brief description of the applicant’s prior experience in the field of work and how this aligns with the Foundation program area under which the application is being submitted;
    • Board of Directors: A list of the organization’s board of directors with their titles and affiliations;
    • Key Staff: A list of key staff with qualifications;
    • References: Names, titles, organizational affiliations and contact information for at least three individuals who can comment knowledgeably on the organization’s work and impact.
  2. A copy of the applicant’s current organizational budget listing all expenses and income, including confirmed and pending support from foundations (by name) and other sources.
  3. A copy of the organization’s current year-to-date-financial statements. If it is the beginning of your fiscal year, please submit last year’s statement.
  4. In addition, applicants can provide recent, relevant press coverage that shows the impact of the organization’s work. Providing press coverage is optional and not an application requirement.

How to Apply if Your Organization Does Not Have 501(c)3 Status

As a private foundation, we are not allowed to use fiscal agents in the process of grant making. For those organizations that do not have 501(c) (3) status with the Internal Revenue Service, there are two alternatives:

For more information about these processes as well as additional requirements for these types of grants, please review our guidelines. These types of grants are rarely given.

Application Timeline

The review and evaluation process for full proposals takes two to three months. During this period, applicants may be asked to submit additional information and/or to meet with Foundation staff. If, after careful consideration, a proposal is not approved, the applicant will be notified by email. Successful applicants receive an award letter by email, and generally funds are disbursed within 45 days of approval.

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