Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if my institution is eligible to apply for a grant?

The Foundations award grants to eligible 501(c)(3) institutions whose work aligns with the Foundations' Trustees' philanthropic priorities. We do not provide grants to individuals. Grantee organizations must be based in and operate within the United States.

Where do I find information to apply for a grant?

Please review the information under the Grantseeking Organizations tab.  

My organization has received a grant from the Foundations in the past. Do I still need to register on the grantee portal?

Yes.  Please visit the grantee portal to create your profile. The grants management platform was adopted in 2016 to provide ease and efficiency for grant applicants.  

What criteria do the Foundations use to review grants?

The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations’ staff carefully review each letter of inquiry and full proposal. While the details of a successful grant proposal vary by program area, the Foundations place value on certain criteria. Please review the specific philanthropic program areas and information in our Grantseeking Organizations tab for more information on the types of projects that we seek to fund.


How do I become a designated partner eligible to apply for a grant in either environmental engagement, stewardship and solutions or palliative care and end of life?

Thank you for your interest in partnering with the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations in these program areas.  The Foundations' Environmental Engagement, Stewardship & Solutions and Palliative Care & End of Life partners have been identified through 2020. Our website will be updated periodically when we seek new partnerships after 2020. 

May an institution submit multiple grant proposals at one time?

Only one grant proposal per institution should be submitted per calendar year, unless approved for an exception by an Arthur Vining Davis Foundations' program staff member.

What projects do the Foundations not support?

The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations will not support scholarships, endowments and indirect costs greater than 5% associated with projects. We do not support grants to individuals and generally do not fund capital projects.  In addition, direct service programs, such as housing services and food pantries, will not be considered.  

Who do I contact for more information?

Please call our office at (904) 359-0670, email us at, or contact one of the Foundations' program staff.

How do I submit my grant proposal materials?

Please refer to the Grantseeking Organizations section on the website.  Note:  All materials must be submitted through the grantee portal. Proposals submitted through email or the US mail will not be considered.


When will I receive a response to my LOI or full proposal?

Please visit the Grant Proposal Timetable.
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