Preparing Your Application
Applying for a grant shouldn’t be a mysterious process. In the interest of transparency, we’ve outlined what our application process looks like for our Opportunistic Grant Program, FCH’s only grant program which accepts applications on a rolling basis. As the broadest grant program of the foundation, we believe the requirements of this grant program illustrate what FCH looks for in funding requests.
Our Opportunistic Grant Program utilizes a two-stage process for most requests for funding; in Stage 1 applicants submit brief information about their concept or idea. Once reviewed and approved applicants will then be invited to complete Stage 2 and share full proposal information.
For approved Stage 1 requests at or below $15,000, the foundation will accept Stage 1 as the complete application.
The following outlines the requirements for each stage:
Stage 1 – Concept/Idea
- Key information about the organization or fiscal sponsor, including:
- Contact Information
- Organization Status
- Basic information about the project, including:
- Project Name
- Project Period
- Project Purpose (400 words or less): what the work entails and if applicable, how the proposed project would improve living conditions required for health and well-being
- Budgetary information about the project, including:
- Requested amount
- Estimated Project Budget (not exclusive to FCH Funding Request)
- Descriptive information about what funds would be used towards (e.g. supplies, consultant, personnel)
Stage 2 – Full Proposal
FCH staff works with all prospective grantees of the foundation to determine application requirements for this stage. The following outlines both the minimum and potential supplemental materials that may be requested. We do this to right-size our application requirements, so our request related to your proposal is proportionate to the scope of the project and is respectful of the time prospective grantees spend developing and submitting funding proposals to the foundation.
- An overview of the organization, long-range plans, and accomplishments most related to the proposed project
- The organization's budget or if a large organization, the department budget affiliated with the project
- A statement detailing the demonstrated need for the project, program or initiative
- A narrative describing the opportunity
Potential Supplemental Information & Materials:
- A logic model for the project, which will ask about the project’s objective, activities and anticipated outputs and outcomes OR an existing work plan for the project
- A timeline that details key events, milestones or activities that will take place during the project period
- Details about the project’s evaluation plan, including what impact, at the time of application, it is believed the project will have, and how results of the project will be used
- Complete budget information, accounting for all expenses and relevant revenue for the proposed project
- Supplemental budgetary information such as pending or anticipated funding requests, as well as plans to sustain the project at the conclusion of the grant
- For projects that rely significantly on partners the foundation requests a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and/or Scope of Work as appropriate, for each involved
As part of our due diligence, FCH will obtain copies of your organization’s 501(c)3 designation letter and a recent 990. However, if these cannot be accessed through publicly available resources, FCH staff will reach out to obtain these directly from prospective grantees.