How to Apply for a Grant
How to apply for a grant from the Ware Foundation
Write a letter
Please prepare and submit a letter (no more than two
pages) outlining the project. Be specific as to the needs you are filling,
why funding is important and how funding from the Ware Foundation is to
be used. For smaller grants – under $5,000 – a letter may be all that is
required in addition to the reference material requested below. An
introduction or reference from someone we know is helpful.
Provide a plan
If we respond with a notice of interest please prepare and forward a full proposal and strategic plan.
Use this as a guide:
Information about your organization: key contacts – numbers,
email, website as available. Present status – history to date or if
you are a new organization explain what makes you sure of
Plan: Operational plan, strategy, goals, results expected,
benchmarks (what will be achieved and when), how results can be
measured, financial projections, timelines, development plan,
situational analysis, current resources; why a grant request, what
needs you are addressing, funding timetable, organizational
structure, biographies, references, other sources of funds.
501c3 IRS letter – non profit
Past financials if not a new project. Provide a financial overview if Independent audits, if available
Applicant may be contacted for clarification
Applicant may be asked to present in person at a board meeting
One or more board members may do a site visit
Large grant requests: the process may take up to six months or more from receipt of letter to approval
Smaller projects are reviewed more quickly
It is important to mention the time requirement for your request in your communications with the Foundation.