Screening Process
Grant Application

Grant Making Guidelines
  • The majority of the Richard Donchian Foundation's grantmaking is focused in the northeastern United States, although, occasionally, grants may be made in other regions of the country and/or abroad.
  • All applicants must have tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status as a non-profit organization as defined by the Internal Revenue Service.
  • Grants may range from a few thousand dollars up to $25,000. In unique circumstances, the Foundation does consider a more significant grant for a program having a major impact in one or more of our areas of interest.
  • Of particular interest to the Foundation are organizations that promote partnerships and collaborative efforts among multiple groups and organizations.
  • The Foundation encourages pilot initiatives that test new program models.
  • Priority will be given to requests that show specific plans for funding beyond the present.
  • The applicant must have an active board of directors with policy-making authority. The board should demonstrate competence in the sound financial management of the organization.

Screening Process
  • Applications are accepted throughout the year and are reviewed in the order they are received. Grant applications are reviewed for completeness by the Foundation's staff and then forwarded to the Foundation's Directors prior to the start of their quarterly board meetings.
  • After evaluating an application, the Board will choose to: decline, approve, request additional information, schedule a site visit, or invite the applicant in for an interview.
  • Applicants, if declined, may not reapply for at least one year from the date of the application unless the nature or circumstances surrounding the request changes significantly. The subsequent application should describe these changes in full.

Areas of Exclusion
  • The Foundation generally will not provide grants for the following: organizations not determined to be tax-exempt under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code; individuals; general fundraising drives; endowments; government agencies; or organizations that subsist mainly on third party funding and have demonstrated no ability or expended little effort to attract private funding.

Helpful Tips
  • Whenever possible, grant requests should be made using the Grant Application link (side menu above). Please first review the information in the Instructions section and the FAQs.
  • Prior to proceeding to the On-line Grant Application module, please review the Foundation's Guiding Principles and Grantmaking Guidelines to ensure that the application receives the consideration that it deserves.
  • Applicants should be as concise as possible when responding to all grant application questions. It may be helpful to review the information provided in the Instructions section, formulate responses, and then proceed to the Grant Application link (side menu above). It may also be helpful to type out your responses in a separate word processing program and then copy that information directly into the appropriate place on the application.
  • Should any questions after reviewing the Foundation's guiding principles and guidelines, the applicant should contact Foundation Services LLC prior to submitting its grant application.
  • Budgets that you will be uploading with your application should be previewed on your system beforehand. If you would like tips on formatting those budgets, see our Guide here.


If you are having trouble accessing the application form, please visit the FAQ's page. A secondary alternative is to click here for a Word document version. You can email the responses from this printed form to