Step 4: Grant Review & Notification
After you submit your application, the focus turns to the review process.
The application goes through a vetting process by the Foundation staff, Grant Review Committee and full Board of Trustees. Decisions are made at each level, with the final decision resting with the Board. The review process covers about two and a half months, from the Grant Submission Deadline until the Board meeting where the final decisions are made.
Notification of Grant Approved or Declined
Within two weeks of the Board meeting, prospective grantees are notified by letter of the decision on whether their application was approved or declined. Organizations whose applications are approved move forward in the grant process and receive two documents:
Award letter, stating the amount awarded, grant period covered, and any contingencies, if applicable.
Grant Agreement, a legally-binding contract between the Foundation and the grantee organization.
The original Grant Agreement must be signed, and returned (in hard copy) to the Foundation.
Upon receipt of the required documentation, it takes up to two weeks to process a grant check. The grantee organization receives its check and a letter describing any further action to be taken. Grantees are notified that a Final Status Report is due one month after the end of the grant period.