2021 Grant Application Process


The  Foundation’s Competitive 2021 Fall Grant Cycle is NOW OPEN!

Our Fall Grant Cycle includes our Early Childhood Education, Leadership Development and Animal Welfare priority areas. For more information, please read the Request for Proposals and our 2021 Grant Making Guidelines for more details and eligibility information.

Download the application HERE. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, August 20, 2021. Please download and submit the application via email to Emily@lakecountycf.org by the due date.

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Please note that the Foundation’s 2021 Competitive Basic Human Needs Grant Cycle is now closed and will reopen in January 2022.

    Please see the timelines below for details.

    **2021 Basic Human Needs Cycle is now closed

    Organizations may only receive one grant from the Foundation per year. However, organizations that receive funding through the Leadership Development priority area may apply and receive funding for other priority areas within the same year due to the very specific nature of those requests. Please email Emily at Emily@lakecountycf.org with questions about this.

    If an organization applies for funding under the Basic Human Needs Cycle and is declined, it may apply for funding within the Early Childhood Education, Leadership Development and Animal Welfare Priority Areas Fall Grant Cycle when it opens later in the year.

    All grants are awarded for one year. Organizations may receive funding for three consecutive years following staff and board review, then are required to take a rest year.

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    The Foundation’s Fall Grant Cycle (Early Childhood Education, Leadership Development and Animal Welfare priority areas) application process includes:

    Step 1: Submission of Application – The Fall Grant Cycle application is now available HERE. No LOI is required. Foundation staff will review the proposal to assess the request’s alignment with the Foundation’s goals and priorities, and will then determine whether the application advances to Step 2. Applications for the 2021 Fall Grant Cycle are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, August 20, 2021.

    Step 2: Site Visit Notification – Foundation staff will review all proposals and organizations will be notified before October 2021 if they have been selected to proceed in the due diligence process with an invitation for a virtual site visit.

    Step 3: Due Diligence – Organizations invited to participate in a virtual site visit will have their proposals reviewed by Foundation staff and board. Site visits will be held during the months of September-October.

    Step 4: Grant Decision – The Foundation’s board of directors determines the final grant awards. Applicants will receive an email notification of award/decline by November 19, 2021.

    Step 5: Reporting of Outcomes – Grant recipients are required to report on outcomes at the mid-term and end of the grant cycle.

    The Foundation’s Basic Human Needs Grant Cycle application process includes (next cycle opens January 2022):

    Step 1: Submission of letter of inquiry (LOI) – The Foundation requires applicants to complete a brief LOI. The 2022 LOI will be available on this page in early January 2022. Foundation staff and Grants and Community Outreach Committee will review LOIs for alignment with the Foundation’s goals and priorities and will select organizations to move forward in the due diligence process.

    Step 2: Notification – Foundation staff will notify organizations selected to complete full proposals by early to mid February. Full proposals will be emailed to selected organizations at that time and will be due via email by early March 2022.

    Step 3: Due Diligence – Organizations invited to move forward in the due diligence process will participate in a virtual site visit during the months of March-May 2022.

    Step 4: Grant Decision – The Foundation’s board of directors determines the final grant awards. Applicants will receive an email notification of award/decline by May 2022.

    Step 5: Reporting of Outcomes – Grant recipients are required to report on outcomes at the mid-term and end of the grant cycle.