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.
Please review the information under the Grantseeking Organizations tab.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Foundations' program staff strive to complete a timely review of all letters of inquiry and grant proposals that are submitted. AVDF program staff will be in contact with the organization once a thorough review has been completed.
See our Grant Calendar for more information about our proposal deadlines and the time periods in which the AVDF staff reviews letters of inquiry and grant proposals.
Organizations may apply for another grant from AVDF once the active grant has been closed. In order to close a grant, AVDF requires a final report and financial statement.
AVDF recognizes the need for personnel to implement many of the proposed projects. However, proposal budgets directly linked to salary without a programmatic impact will not be accepted. In addition, budgets should limit fringe benefits for personnel, consulting fees, or facilitator travel. Indirect costs may not exceed 5% of the proposed grant budget.
AVDF may support original science or research in some limited situations, in particular with our Designated Partner organizations in the environment or palliative care. In all cases, AVDF supports the dissemination of scientific research to the public, and any grant proposal should identify ways in which the research will be distributed and what difference the research will make in the lexicon of education or public awareness.
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