Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if my organization is qualified for funding from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation?
Please thoroughly review our four key focus areas of investment and our policies and guidelines on our “How to Apply” page of our website to evaluate organizational eligibility and alignment with our priorities. You will also be required to take a short eligibility questionnaire when you create an account on our Online Grants Portal, before you are able to submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI).
Are there deadlines to apply for grants?
No, there are no deadlines, the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation accepts applications on an ongoing basis, year-round. However, if a specific Request for Proposals (RFP) has been issued, there may be deadlines associated with it.
How do I apply for a grant?
All applications must be submitted through the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundations’ Online Grants Portal powered by Fluxx. We do not accept applications or materials through the mail or email.
There are three (3) main steps to apply for a grant:
STEP 1: Register your organization by creating an account on the Online Grants Portal
STEP 2: Submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) with the following information:
a. Project description summary
b. Statement of purpose and need
c. Project start & end date
d. Total program cost & amount requested
e. Budget & funding sources
f. Audited financial statements, annual report, board and supporters list
If the LOI fits within the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation’s current interests and strategy, Foundation staff will invite you to submit a Full Proposal.
STEP 3: Upon approval, complete the Full Proposal section with the following information:
a. Organization overview
b. Project description, including: target population & benefits; bios & partners; staffing & oversite; post-grant funding
c. Programmatic support, including: sustainability for program and other program funding sources
d. Plans for evaluation
e. Complete budget details
How will I be notified of a decision?
Applicants should receive an email confirmation of receipt of the LOI. All further status changes will be communicated by email and via status updates on the Online Application “Dashboard,” which is visible upon logging in to your account on the Grants Portal.
How often does the Foundation approve grants?
The Foundation’s Board of Trustees meets three times a year to approve grants. These meetings typically take place in early Spring, Summer and Fall. The average time from full proposal submission to grant award is four-six months.
What are the sizes of grants (i.e. how much should we request)?
Please refer to our Grantee Database to see the types and amounts of grants the Foundations have awarded in the recent past.
If I am part of a large institution, how do I apply?
Proposals from institutions with multiple departments (e.g. universities, medical centers, etc.) should be coordinated through the institutions’ central development offices.
Can my organization apply for more than one grant?
Yes, our Online Grants Portal will allow you to submit more than one LOI/Application if your organization has more than one program that fits within the Foundation’s focus areas.
Can my organization apply for a grant from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation and to the Legacy Funds available at the Community Foundations for Greater Buffalo/Southeast Michigan/Greater Rochester?
Yes, the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation Legacy Funds were established at the local community foundations as an endowment to honor the lifetime interests of Mr. Wilson in perpetuity. The grants made from these funds are distinct from the grants made directly by the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation. In most cases, the Legacy Fund grants will support localized projects for which a small grant can make all the difference or it may also provide an opportunity to test out ideas and programs on a smaller, pilot level.
The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation aims to support larger initiatives with broad impact and reach with its grantmaking.
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