Family First Foundation Grants
Grant Guidelines, Information and Deadlines
The grant guidelines provide background information about the minimum requirements that must be met to be eligible for Family First Foundation to consider your grant application. The grant deadlines provide detailed information about the schedules and deadlines of the Grant Application process. The grant guidelines and deadlines are subject to change.
The focus of our contributions and grants is pro-family, specifically promoting and defending the natural family.
Nonprofit organizations that qualify for public charity status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or public schools and libraries are eligible for contributions or grants.
For-profit businesses are not eligible.
Unsolicited grant requests will be accepted for all grant cycles.
Only United States or United States based international organizations are eligible.
Grants are not awarded to individuals, or for political lobbying, political campaign or voter registration purposes.
Contribution and grant amounts will vary. The duration of grants are typically for one single year.
Program Related Investments are not made.
Family First Foundation is not currently a member of a common grant community of grantmakers. All grant applications must be submitted directly to us at the Contact Address for consideration.
We expect to receive many grant requests and letters of inquiry by mail and email during our grant cycles. We will be making commitments and/or grants during each cycle. Commitments are grants we have communicated to an organization that we will be paying in the future. Grants are paid either during or at the end of our grant cycle.
Grants Family First Foundation Will Not Make
Family First will not typically make grants for the following purposes. Requests to fund the following purposes are likely to be denied:
- Fraternal organizations or social clubs
- Units of government or quasi-governmental agencies
- Labor organizations or political campaigns
- Organizations designed primarily for lobbying
- For-profit organizations or travel programs
- Fundraising dinners, testimonials or similar events
- Support of operating or advertising expenses
- Individuals for any purposes
- Third-party fundraising organizations
- Causes or programs unrelated to Family First Foundation’s Mission
Grant proposals are accepted on an ongoing basis. Grant proposals are reviewed quarterly, with final approval determined by Family First Foundation’s Board of Directors. Notification of the Board’s decisions will be sent within three months of the date your proposal was received.
The grant application provides the opportunity for you to introduce your organization, present your project or program, and how we can help. It also allows us to determine whether the project or program for which you are seeking funding has correlates with our Mission and areas of interest.
- The Family First Foundation is required by IRS regulations to grant a minimum percentage of its net assets to nonprofit organizations on a yearly basis. Grants are awarded throughout the year. Please carefully review the Guidelines, Information and Deadlines to determine your eligibility for consideration.
- If you meet our Grant Guidelines, please send a letter of inquiry that briefly describes your organization and the project or program for which you seek funding. A letter of inquiry should touch on all of the elements that would eventually be part of a full proposal including:
- Mission of the organization
- Brief history of the organization
- Identity of Directors/Trustees and key staff in the organization
- Summary of goals and objectives for the proposed project or program
- Brief description of the proposed project or program
- Summary budget for staff, materials and equipment of the proposed project or program
- Summary schedule of the proposed project or program
- Evaluation plan for project or program and specific outcome measures demonstrating the impact of the project or program
In addition to the letter of inquiry please also include:
- A copy of your organization’s 501(c)(3) tax exempt status letter from the IRS
- A brochure describing your organization
The letter of inquiry may be submitted to us in either printed or electronic form. Printed material may be submitted to Family First’s mailing address by US mail. Electronic material may be submitted to the email address: email@example.com. Electronic material may be attached to an email as Word (.doc) or PDF (.pdf) file.
- All letters of inquiry received are collected together and reviewed by the Board of Directors for funding. After review, an invitation to submit a full proposal may be issued to those organizations that have met our Grant Guidelines and have requested funding for projects or programs consistent with our Mission. If the Board of Directors decides not to issue you an invitation for a full proposal, we will inform you by US mail.
- Organizations that are invited to submit a full proposal will be asked to provide more detailed information including:
- Mission of the organization
- History of the organization
- Identity of Directors/Trustees and key staff in the organization along with brief resumes listing their experience and professional affiliations
- References for key staff in the organization
- Goals and objectives for the proposed project or program
- Detailed description of the proposed project or program
- Budget for staff, materials and equipment of the proposed project or program
- Schedule of the proposed project or program
- Evaluation plan for project or program and specific outcome measures demonstrating the impact of the project or program
In addition to the full proposal please also include:
- A copy of your organization’s budget and most recent audit
Like the letter of inquiry, the full proposal may be submitted to us in either printed or electronic form.
- All full proposals received as a result of an invitation will be collected together and reviewed in detail by the Board of Directors for funding. There may be discussion between your organization and the Board of Directors to understand or comment on elements of the proposal. After the review is complete, the Board of Directors will select the proposals that will be funded. The notification of selection will be issued within three months of the date your proposal was received. If the Board of Directors decides not to select your proposal for funding, we will inform you by US mail.
- After a proposal is selected for funding there may be some additional discussion between your organization and the Board of Directors after which a check will be issued to your organization.
Accounts payable: The amount owed by the organization to outside sources for items and services.
Accounts receivable: Unpaid money owed to the organization from outside sources for services rendered. Annual report: A voluntary report issued by a foundation or corporation that provides financial data and descriptions of its grantmaking activities. Annual reports vary in format from simple typewritten documents listing the year’s grants to detailed publications that provide substantial information about the grantmaker’s grantmaking programs.
Assets: The amount of capital or principal – money, stocks, bonds, real estate, or other resources – controlled by a foundation or corporate giving program. Generally, assets are invested and the resulting income is used to make grants.
Audited statements: An evaluation by an independent auditing firm of a nonprofit organization’s financial position.
Beneficiary: In philanthropic terms, the donee or grantee receiving funds from a foundation or corporate giving program is the beneficiary, although society benefits as well.
Capital support: Funds provided for endowment purposes, buildings, construction, or equipment.
Challenge grant: A grant that is paid only if the donee organization is able to raise additional funds from other sources. Challenge grants are often used to stimulate giving from other donors. See also matching grant.
Common grant application: Grant application format that has been adopted by groups of grantmakers to allow grant applicants to produce a single proposal for a specific community of grantmakers.
Community foundation: A 501(c)(3) organization that makes grants for charitable purposes in a specific community or region. The funds available to a community foundation are usually derived from many donors and held in an endowment that is independently administered; income earned by the endowment is then used to make grants. Although a community foundation may be classified by the IRS as a private foundation, most are classified as public charities and are thus eligible for maximum tax-deductible contributions from the general public. See also 501(c)(3); public charity.
Community fund: An organized community program which makes annual appeals to the general public for funds that are usually not retained in an endowment but are instead used for the ongoing operational support of local agencies. See also federated giving program.
Company-sponsored foundation (also referred to as a corporate foundation): A private foundation whose assets are derived primarily from the contributions of a for-profit business. While a company-sponsored foundation may maintain close ties with its parent company, it is an independent organization with its own endowment and as such is subject to the same rules and regulations as other private foundations. See also private foundation.
Corporate foundation: See company-sponsored foundation.
Cooperative venture: A joint effort between or among two or more grantmakers. Cooperative venture partners may share in funding responsibilities or contribute information and technical resources.
Corporate giving program: A grantmaking program established and administered within a for-profit corporation. Because corporate giving programs do not have separate endowments, their annual grant totals generally are directly related to company profits. Corporate giving programs are not subject to the same reporting requirements as corporate foundations.
Deferred revenue: Money that the organization has received, but has not yet earned as of the closing date on the balance sheet. This amount is carried as a liability until the organization provides the goods or services for which the money was received.
Director: A foundation board member or officer who helps make decisions about how grant monies are spent. Depending on whether the foundation has paid staff, directors may take a more or less active role in running its affairs.
Distribution committee: The committee responsible for making grant decisions. For community foundations, the distribution committee is intended to be broadly representative of the community served by the foundation.
Donee: The recipient of a grant. (Also known as the grantee or the beneficiary.)
Donor or Grantmaker: An individual or organization that makes a grant or contribution to a donee. (Also known as the grantor.)
Employee matching grant: A contribution to a charitable organization by an employee that is matched by a similar contribution from his or her employer. Many corporations have employee matching-gift programs in higher education that encourage their employees to give to the college or university of their choice.
Employer Identification Number (EIN): A nine-digit number assigned by the Internal Revenue Service. All IRS-designated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations have an EIN.
Endowment: Funds intended to be invested in perpetuity to provide income for continued support of a not-for-profit organization.
Expenditure responsibility: In general, when a private foundation makes a grant to an organization that is not classified by the IRS as a "public charity," the foundation is required by law to provide some assurance that the funds will be used for the intended charitable purposes. Special reports on such grants must be filed with the IRS. Most grantee organizations are public charities and many foundations do not make "expenditure responsibility" grants.
Family foundation: An independent private foundation whose funds are derived from members of a single family. Family members often serve as officers or board members of family foundations and have a significant role in their grantmaking decisions. See also operating foundation; private foundation; public charity.
Federated giving program: A joint fundraising effort usually administered by a nonprofit "umbrella" organization that in turn distributes the contributed funds to several nonprofit agencies. United Way and community chests or funds, the United Jewish Appeal and other religious appeals, the United Negro College Fund, and joint arts councils are examples of federated giving programs. See also community fund.
501(c)(3): The section of the tax code that defines nonprofit, charitable (as broadly defined), tax-exempt organizations; 501(c)(3) organizations are further defined as public charities, private operating foundations, and private non-operating foundations. See also operating foundation; private foundation; public charity.
Fixed assets: Estimated value of land, buildings, equipment and other tangible items owned by the organization.
Fiscal year: A 12-month period for which an organization plans the use of its funds. This period may be a calendar year but can be any 12-month period. A fiscal year accounting period should normally coincide with the natural operating cycle of the organization. If an organization files an IRS Form 990, it is required to define its accounting period on Line A at the top of the form.
Form 990: The public record information return that many public foundations are required by law to submit annually to the Internal Revenue Service.
Form 990-PF: The public record information return that all private foundations are required by law to submit annually to the Internal Revenue Service.
General/operating support: A grant made to further the general purpose or work of an organization, rather than for a specific purpose or project; also called an unrestricted grant.
General purpose foundation: An independent private foundation that awards grants in many different fields of interest. See also special purpose foundation.
Grantee: The recipient of a grant. (Also known as the donee or the beneficiary.)
Grantee financial report: A report detailing how grant funds were used by an organization. Many corporate grantmakers require this kind of report from grantees. A financial report generally includes a listing of all expenditures from grant funds as well as an overall organizational financial report covering revenue and expenses, assets and liabilities.
Grantor: An individual or organization that makes a grant or contribution to a grantee. (Also known as the donee.)
Grants payable: Unpaid amount of grants or awards that an organization plans to pay other organizations or individuals.
Grassroots fundraising: Efforts to raise money from individuals or groups from the local community on a broad basis. Usually an organization’s own constituents – people who live in the neighborhood served or clients of the agency’s services – are the sources of these funds. Grassroots fundraising activities include membership drives, raffles, auctions, benefits, and a range of other activities.
Guidelines: Procedures set forth by a funder that grantseekers should follow when approaching a grantmaker.
Income: Money that the organization has received from contributions, grants, the performance of services, etc (line 12 on Form 990). These are net figures from which rental expenses, costs, sales expenses, direct expenses, and costs of good sold (lines 6b, 8b, 9b, and 10b on Form 990) have been deducted.
Independent foundation: A grantmaking organization usually classified by the IRS as a private foundation. Independent foundations may also be known as family foundations, general purpose foundations, special purpose foundations, or private non-operating foundations. The Foundation Center places independent foundations and company-sponsored foundations in separate categories; however, federal law normally classifies both as private, non-operating foundations subject to the same rules and requirements. See also private foundation.
In-kind contribution: A contribution of equipment, supplies, or other tangible resource, as distinguished from a monetary grant. Some organizations may also donate the use of space or staff time as an in-kind contribution.
Inventories for sale or Use: Estimated value of materials, goods, and supplies purchased or manufactured by an organization and held for sale or use at some time in the future.
Matching grant: A grant that is made to match funds provided by another donor. See also challenge grant; employee matching gift.
Operating foundation: A 501(c)(3) organization classified by the IRS as a private foundation whose primary purpose is to conduct research, social welfare, or other programs determined by its governing body or establishment charter. An operating foundation may make grants, but the sum generally is small relative to the funds used for the foundation’s own programs. See also 501(c)(3).
Operating support grant: A grant to cover the regular personnel, administrative, and miscellaneous expenses of an existing program or project. See also general/operating support.
Payout requirement: The minimum amount that private foundations are required to expend for charitable purposes (including grants and, within certain limits, the administrative cost of making grants). In general, a private foundation must meet or exceed an annual payout requirement of five percent of the average market value of its total assets.
Pledges and grants receivable: Funds promised to an organization from grantmakers, individual donors, etc., but not yet received.
Private foundation: A nongovernmental, nonprofit organization with funds (usually from a single source, such as an individual, family, or corporation) and program managed by its own trustees or directors. Private foundations are established to maintain or aid social, educational, religious, or other charitable activities serving the common welfare, primarily through the making of grants. See also 501(c)(3); public charity.
Program amount: Funds that are expended to support a particular program administered internally by a foundation or corporate giving program.
Program officer: A staff member of a foundation who reviews grant proposals and processes applications for the board of trustees. Only a small percentage of foundations have program officers.
Program Related investment (PRI): A loan or other investment (as distinguished from a grant) made by a foundation to another organization for a project related to the foundation’s philanthropic purposes and interests.
Program services: Fees and other monies received by an organization for services rendered. These services must relate directly to the primary purpose for which the organization received its tax-exempt status.
Proposal: A written application, often accompanied by supporting documents, submitted to a foundation or corporate giving program in requesting a grant. Most foundations and corporations do not use printed application forms but instead require written proposals; others prefer preliminary letters of inquiry prior to a formal proposal. Consult published guidelines.
Public charity: A nonprofit organization that qualifies for tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code. Public charities are the recipients of most foundation and corporate grants. Some public charities also make grants. See also 501(c)(3); private foundation.
Qualifying distributions: Expenditures of a private foundation made to satisfy its annual payout requirement. These can include grants, reasonable administrative expenses, set-asides, loans and program-related investments, and amounts paid to acquire assets used directly in carrying out tax-exempt purposes.
Query letter: A brief letter outlining an organization’s activities and its request for funding that is sent to a potential grantmaker in order to determine whether it would be appropriate to submit a full grant proposal. Many grantmakers prefer to be contacted in this way before receiving a full proposal.
RFP: An acronym for Request for Proposal. When an organization issues a new contract or grant program, it sends out RFPs to agencies that might be qualified to participate. The RFP lists project specifications and application procedures. While a few foundations occasionally use RFPs in specific fields, most prefer to consider proposals that are initiated by applicants.
Ruling year: The year that the IRS granted an organization 501(c)(3) status.
Seed money: A grant or contribution used to start a new project or organization. Seed grants may cover salaries and other operating expenses of a new project.
Set-asides: Funds set aside by a foundation for a specific purpose or project that are counted as qualifying distributions toward the foundation’s annual payout requirement. Amounts for the project must be paid within five years of the first set-aside.
Special purpose foundation: A private foundation that focuses its grantmaking activites in one or a few areas of interest. See also general purpose foundation.
Sponsorship: Affiliation with an existing nonprofit organization for the purpose of receiving grants. Grantseekers may either apply for federal tax-exempt status or affiliate with a nonprofit sponsor.
Tax-exempt: Refers to organizations that do not have to pay taxes such as federal or state corporate tax or state sales tax. Individuals who make donations to such organizations may be able to deduct these contributions from their income tax.
Tax-exempt bond liabilities: The amount of tax-exempt bonds (or other obligations) issued by an organization on behalf of a state or local governmental unit, or by a state or local governmental unit on behalf of an organization, and for which an organization has a direct or indirect liability. Tax-exempt bonds include state or local bonds and any obligations, including direct borrowing from a lender, or certificates of participation.
Technical assistance: Operational or management assistance given to nonprofit organizations. It can include fundraising assistance, budgeting and financial planning, program planning, legal advice, marketing, and other aids to management. Assistance may be offered directly by the staff of a foundation or corporation, or it may be provided in the form of a grant to pay for the services of an outside consultant. See also in-kind contributions.
Trustee: A foundation board member or officer who helps make decisions about how grant monies are spent. Depending on whether the foundation has paid staff, trustees may take a more or less active role in running its affairs.