2022 Grant Application Process


Competitive 2022 Basic Human Needs Grant Cycle NOW OPEN!

The Foundation’s 2022 Competitive Basic Human Needs Grant Cycle is now open! Find our 2022 Basic Human Needs Letter of Inquiry HERE. Please see the timeline and information below and read our 2022 Grant Making Guidelines HERE. Prior to completing the letter of inquiry, please read the 2022 Grant Making Guidelines.

**2022 Grant Making Guidelines**

**2022 Basic Human Needs Letter of Inquiry**

Basic Human Needs Grant Cycle – NEW in 2022

  • Both general operating and program/project support requests will be accepted (in 2021, LCCF only accepted general operating requests in response to the pandemic)
  • The maximum grant request has been increased to $50,000
  • LCCF has slightly changed its grant evaluation criteria (see grant making guidelines)
  • Organizations are now eligible for five consecutive years of funding (as opposed to three) followed by one required rest year

*Please note that the Foundation’s 2022 Fall Grant Cycle will open on August 1 and includes a NEW Capacity Building Priority Area.

    2022 Grant Cycle Timelines

    Organizations that receive funding via the Basic Human Needs Grant Cycle are eligible to receive grants through the Capacity Building and Leadership Development priority areas in the Fall Grant Cycle. Organizations that receive funding via the Basic Human Needs Cycle are not eligible to receive funding via the Early Childhood Education priority areas within the same year. Please email Emily at Emily@lakecountycf.org with questions about this.

    All grants are awarded for one year. Organizations may receive funding for five consecutive years, then are required to take a rest year.

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    Grant Application Process

    Basic Human Needs Grant Cycle application process:

    Step 1: Submission of letter of inquiry (LOI) – The Foundation requires applicants to complete a brief LOI, found HERE. 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 February 11, 2022. Full applications will be due via email by March 4, 2022.

    Step 3: Due Diligence – Organizations invited to move forward, will participate in the due diligence process, which may include a site visit (virtual or in-person).

    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 20, 2022.

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

    Fall Grant Cycle (Capacity Building, Leadership Development, Early Childhood Education and Animal Welfare priority areas) application process:

    Step 1: Submission of Application – The Fall Grant Cycle application will be available on this page on August 1, 2022. 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 2022 Fall Grant Cycle are due by 5 p.m. on Sept. 2, 2022.

    Step 2: Due Diligence – Foundation staff will review all proposals and organizations will be notified before October 2022 if they have been selected to proceed in the due diligence process, which may include a site visit (virtual or in-person).

    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 18, 2022.

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