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Application Deadlines

Proposals are considered three times a year by the Foundation’s trustees. Deadlines for submitting proposals for consideration are as follows:

Winter-Spring Meeting

Proposal Deadline: November 15, 2019
Trustee Meeting: February 9, 2020

Summer Meeting

Proposal Deadline: March 15, 2020
Trustee Meeting: July 9, 2020

Fall Meeting

Proposal Deadline: July 15, 2020
Trustee Meeting: November 12, 2020

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Application Procedures

In order to reduce paper and streamline our proposal process, the Foundation requires all applications for grants be submitted online. To avoid delays with the proposal review process, please read all directions carefully and have appropriate materials available before beginning the application form.

Step 1. Determine eligibility

Review information on The George Gund Foundation’s What We Fund page to learn about our areas of focus. Reading this content will help you determine whether or not your organization is a potential fit for funding.

Step 2. Check your organization’s name and IRS status at GuideStar by Candid

Before beginning the application, have your organization’s IRS status and legal name available. Enter your EIN at GuideStar.org/search for this information.

Step 3. Log in or create an account

You will be able to apply for funding online by clicking the Online Grant Application button below on this page. You will be prompted to sign in using an email address and password. If this is your organization’s first-time using our online application system, select “New Applicant” and follow the prompts.

Only one account for your organization will be recognized by the system. If you have previously created an account with the Gund Foundation and would like to submit a new application, enter your email address and password and click “Login.” If you forget your password, please request your password and it will be sent to you.

Step 4. Complete the Application

Our online application system is designed to make the application process as easy as possible for our grantees.

You will be asked to enter your organization’s IRS classification to verify your charitable designation. If you are working with a fiscal sponsor, please enter that group’s EIN.

Please note that you will not be able to submit the proposal if all “required” fields are not completed.

Step 5. Attachments

Review the list of attachments needed to submit a proposal. Any missing required documents will result in the delay of consideration of your proposal.

Organization Background

History, mission, any current organizational issues, types of programs offered, constituencies served

Project Description

Justification of need, specific goals and objectives, activities planned to meet goals and objectives, project timeline, qualifications of key personnel, methods of evaluation

Project Budget

Anticipated expenses, including details about how Foundation funds would be used, and anticipated income, including information about other sources approached for funding

Organizational Budget

Previous and current year budget and proposed budget for project year(s), showing both income and expenses

Required Supporting Documents

  • List of current trustees
  • Most recent audited financial statement (if available)
  • Climate Change Statement (a brief explanation of what the organization is doing or considering to reduce or to eliminate its impact on climate change). Please see Climate Change Statement for examples
  • Arts organizations working with SMU DataArts (formerly Ohio Cultural Data Project) should submit the George Gund Foundation report available at www.SMUDataArts.org

Optional Supporting Documents

Letters of support, annual reports or brochures, media coverage

Step 6. Review and submit

After you have completed all required fields and uploaded the necessary documents, click “Review & Submit.” Your entire application (not including documents you attached) will appear in full and you may make any changes you feel are necessary. To officially submit the application, scroll to the bottom of the screen and click “Submit.” You will receive an email message verifying that the Foundation has received your application.

Our grants management team is available to answer any questions and guide you through the application process. Feel free to contact them at 216.241.3114 or via email.

All proposals are screened and evaluated by the staff before presentation at Trustee meetings. Grant seekers may obtain information about other foundation and funding sources at Candid Midwest, 1422 Euclid Avenue, or by calling 216-861-1933.


2019 Grants to Date

$25,170,993 / 221 Grants

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