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Application Procedure

The Foundation accepts letters of inquiry through an Internet Application Form or through the mail.

The first step is to complete the funding quiz. First, you will be asked to create an account on our online system. If after completing the quiz your request is eligible for funding consideration, you will be directed to an Internet Application Form.

Proposals should be submitted to the Foundation only upon request. Proposals are to be submitted via the Internet Application Form. Since the Foundation receives more requests than it can fund, you should not interpret a request for a proposal as an indication of likely support.

We may request additional information from applicants and consult with persons knowledgeable about the organization and/or the proposed activities. As part of the review process, we will meet with the applicant preferably at its location or in New York City.

Final decisions on grants are made by the Foundation's Board of Directors, which meets three times a year (spring, summer and fall).

Funding Quiz

  1. We make grants only to organizations that are exempt from tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code. Is your organization classified as a 501(c)(3), or if not, does it intend to operate as a project of an organization that is classified as a 501(c)(3)?
  2. We do not support any of the activities listed below: endowments, capital construction, deficit financing, scholarships, fellowships, loans, grants to individuals, television and media programming, international efforts (projects conducted outside of the United States), or service delivery programs Are you requesting support for any of these?
  3. We do not make grants for research, or give support to conferences, seminars, media events or workshops unless they are an integral part of a broader program, nor support college or university-based programs. Are you requesting support for any of these?
  4. We support grassroots organizations engaged in community organizing and advocacy to change environmental, social, economic and political conditions. The funding priorities are ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE; SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE AND FOOD SYSTEMS; REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS; and SUSTAINABLE NEW YORK CITY. Are you requesting support for any of these?