How do I apply?

All applications must be submitted via our secure online application process. You will need to create a username and password to apply. Please review our eligibility criteria before applying. 

Application Timelines

Grant proposals will be accepted and reviewed on a quarterly basis.  Applicants are allowed to apply only twice per year (i.e., 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 Operating Grant application does not require a preliminary application and is due on the Full Proposal deadline of each quarter.

2018 Deadlines

1st Quarter Grant Cycle Preliminary Application Due: December 7, 2017

Full Proposal/Operating Due: January 5, 2018

Applicant Notification: February 28, 2018

Grant Term Start Date: April 1, 2018

Report Due Dates: October 15, 2018 & April 30, 2019

2nd Quarter Grant Cycle
Preliminary Application Due: March 14, 2018

Full Proposal/Operating Due: April 18, 2018

Applicant Notification: June 20, 2018

Grant Term Start Date: July 1, 2018

Report Due Dates: January 15, 2019 & July 31, 2019

3rd Quarter Grant Cycle
Preliminary Application Due: June 20, 2018

Full Proposal/Operating Due: July 25, 2018

Applicant Notification: September 19, 2018

Grant Term Start Date: October 1, 2018

Report Due Dates: April 15, 2019 & October 31, 2019

4th Quarter Grant Cycle
Preliminary Application Due: September 7, 2018

Full Proposal/Operating Due: October 3, 2018

Applicant Notification: December 5, 2018

Grant Term Start Date: January 1, 2019

Report Due Dates: July 15, 2019 & January 31, 2020

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.

Online Application Features

  • User Log-In: Create a password, with your email address as a username. If you are applying on behalf of more than one organization, please use separate email addresses for each organization. We will not share your email address with any other organization.
  • Email Confirmation: Your email will be used to confirm that we received your application.
  • Start Now, Finish Later: Your username and password will let you save an in-process application for up to 120 days. As long as you access and change your application at least once every 120 days, the saved application will remain in your file.

Online Application Overview

Employer Identification Number:
To start the application, please provide your organization’s Employer Identification Number. Sample: 39-1234567

Preliminary Application:
Transom, Cultures of Compassion, Sabbatical, Small, and Advocacy grants require a short Preliminary Application. This application has three parts:

  • Organization Information
  • Contact Information
  • Brief Project Description and Program Design

After we receive the Preliminary Application, we will email you to schedule a meeting with a member of our Program Team. Please note that Operating Grants do not have a preliminary application.

Full Proposal
During our meeting, we will discuss your proposal’s fit with our current priorities. If the project/program is a good fit, we will request that you submit a Full Proposal and provide you with a link to the application. Full proposals will also be submitted via our secure online application process. Please only include materials requested by the Trust. Applicants must have a completed profile on GivingMatters™ by the full proposal deadline.

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Beyond Grantmaking

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