Applying for a General Grant
Please review the Foundation’s general grant guidelines and priorities to determine if your organization’s mission and proposal are both consistent with the Foundation’s purpose as well as meet the Foundation’s funding criteria.
There are two steps in the grant application process. The first is submission of a Letter of Intent (LOI). After the LOI has been reviewed by the Foundation, the second step is submission of a full proposal if your organization is invited to do so by the Foundation.
Beginning with the June 2015 grant cycle, the Foundation is offering an online application process and is no longer accepting hard copy applications. Registration for the online system is based on your email address, a password you select, and your organization’s tax ID. Register here.
Please note: Although Sacred Landmarks Grants are awarded through the Foundation’s General Grants program, there is a separate application process. To access the grant guidelines and application procedures, click here.
Step 1: Letter of Intent
The first step in the application process is the submission of a Letter of Intent (LOI). The LOI application includes an eligibility quiz, organizational information, a preliminary project budget, and a list of your organization’s board and staff leadership.
Please note: Although Sacred Landmarks Grants are awarded through the Foundation’s General Grants program, a separate LOI and eligibility quiz are required. To access the Sacred Landmarks Grants guidelines and application procedures, click here.
The LOI will require the following information:
Eligibility Quiz – See Eligible Organizations
- Organization contact information
- Mission statement
- Brief history of the organization
- List of programs and services provided by the organization
- Organization budget
- Geographical area served by the organization
- Organization primary contact
Primary Contact Information
- Project title
- The problem or community need to be addressed by the proposed project, including most recent data specific to the proposed service area, where available
- Project budget amount
- Amount requested from The Cameron Foundation
- Foundation’s funding area for the project
- Foundation’s outcome indicators for the project
- Project description
- Geographical area served by the project
- How the project will address the community need or problem, and how this relates to the mission of the Foundation
- The plans for sustaining the project after support from the Foundation ends
- Note any existing partnerships in place for the proposed work
- The anticipated start date and end date for the project
- List of board and staff leadership – Include all officers and directors of the organization with their business addresses and phone numbers and indicate which Board members live or work in The Cameron Foundation’s service area. Include key staff leadership with titles.
- Preliminary project budget – Include requested amount from The Cameron Foundation and other financial resources, pending or committed, to the proposed project.
The LOI, including all required information and attachments, must be submitted online by 5:00 p.m. on the published deadline for a given grant cycle. The Cameron Foundation is no longer accepting hard copy applications. The Foundation will provide a response to the LOI no later than four weeks prior to the deadline for submitting Proposals. Log in to begin the process.
Step 2: Submitting Your Proposal
If your organization and proposal appear to meet the Foundation’s eligibility criteria and current priorities, you will be invited to submit a full Proposal. Detailed proposal instructions will be made available in January 2015.
Please note: Although Sacred Landmarks Grants are awarded through the Foundation’s General Grants program, applications are required to follow separate application instructions, including completion of an application form. To access the Sacred Landmarks Grants guidelines and application procedures, click here.
Please note: Applicants are not to contact members of the Board of Directors or the Grants Committee regarding proposals.
To learn more about creating an effective proposal, read Elements of a Good Proposal.
Notification: Grant applicants are notified in writing approximately two weeks following the Board’s decision. If approved, a payout schedule and reporting deadlines are established, and the grantee is required to sign and return its award letter to execute the grant. If declined, the applicant is welcome to contact The Cameron Foundation’s program staff with questions.
Step 3: Post-Grant Evaluation and Documentation
All grant recipients are required to submit a Post-Grant Evaluation and Financial Report. As part of the Foundation’s conversion to an online reporting system, the evaluation and financial forms are currently being updated. Detailed reporting instructions will be made available following these updates.