Applicants may be either public entities or nonprofit organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Private foundations as defined under Section 509(a) are not eligible to apply.
Applicants must have at least three years of operating history.
Priority is based on the perceived overall benefit to communities specifically identified in the application.
An organization may apply only once a year, regardless of what action is taken.
The Fund generally will not make grants for:
- Debt retirement
- Costs previously acquired or implemented
- Purchase of tickets to benefit events
- Influencing legislation or elections
- Fundraising events; sponsorships
- Athletic events
- Groups or organizations that will re-grant the fund’s gift to other organizations or individuals
- Religious organizations, unless the gift is designated to a program that is secular in nature and benefits a broad range of the community (e.g. soup kitchens and homeless shelters). Additionally, the program must have a formal mission and separate budget and staff.