Grants typically range from $20,000 – $100,000 per year in order to maximize impact to the community. Awards will be no more than 10% of an organization’s current fiscal year’s operating expenses or previous fiscal year’s contributed revenues (excluding in-kinds), whichever of the two amounts is less. Program Grants (Transom and Cultures of Compassion Grants) will not exceed $40,000. Currently, the average grant award is around $40,000. Smaller requests ($20,000 and under) should come through the Small Grant Program.
Grant proposals will be accepted and reviewed on a quarterly basis. Applicants are allowed to apply only twice per year (e.g., if an applicant is not awarded a grant the first time that they apply, they may make one more application attempt within a 12 month period.) Applicants cannot have more than one transom grant concurrently or a transom and an operating grant concurrently. All proposals are due by 4 PM on the day of the deadline.
The grant policies, guidelines, programs, application requirements, and funding decisions are the responsibility of the Board of Trust. These items may be modified by the Board of Trust at any time in its sole discretion.
The Trust provides no-cost extensions in some instances. Please call your program officer to discuss your specific circumstance. Please note that an extension will not be offered after a grant term has ended.
Locate the grant term start date in either your award notification email or your award agreement/memorandum of understanding (MOU). The grant term start date will be January 1st , April 1st , July 1st , or October 1st . Review the grant cycle deadlines for each quarter and find the quarter that corresponds to your grant term start date. You will need to apply based on the deadlines that align with that quarter. If you are still unclear, call your program staff member and they will look that information up for you.
It’s possible. You can formally request to revise your outcomes/reallocate funds in the progress report or you can call your program officer to discuss a revision/reallocation at any point during the grant term. Please note that a revision/reallocation cannot occur after a grant term has ended.
Site visits typically last an hour and include a tour of the facility (if appropriate) and the opportunity to ask questions about the organization and program being funded. The site visit is not an audit and should not interrupt the organization’s normal operations. The Trust’s staff and board members visit all grantees bi-annually and new grantees in the first year of Trust funding.