Grants in Private Higher Education, Public Educational Media and Interfaith Leadership & Religious Literacy
(Note: For 2018–2020, Environmental Engagement, Stewardship & Solutions and Palliative Care & End of Life grants will be considered only from designated partners that were chosen by the AVDF Board of Trustees in October of 2017. )
Inquiries and Application Process:
Step One - Carefully review the Foundations' guidelines for your area of interest: Private Higher Education, Public Educational Media, and Interfaith Leadership & Religious Literacy.
Step Two - Visit our grantee portal to determine eligibility. Both first-time applicants and returning applicants and grantees are required to create accounts in the portal.
- If you already have an account in the AVDF online portal, log-in using your ID and password. If you have misplaced your information, you may reset your password on the log-in page.
- If you do not have an account in the AVDF online portal, click here to visit the online portal, and select "Create an Account" on the right-hand side of the page. After completing the eligibility form, qualified institutions will receive an email from the Foundations with an ID and password.
Step Three - Submit a letter of inquiry (LOI). To log-in, use your ID and password and select "Submit New LOI" from the left navigation pane. Your brief letter of inquiry should include a description of the project, intended goals and outcomes, budget, possible/desired impacts, timeframes, and why you believe your project aligns with the Foundations' philanthropic priorities.
- After submission of a letter of inquiry, the Foundations' program officers will contact you and either: (1) invite the submission of a full proposal, (2) invite you to revise or refresh your letter of inquiry, or (3) signal that your proposed project is not likely to be competitive at this time.
Step Four- Submit a full grant proposal with more details about your proposed project if you are invited by the Foundations' program staff.
Letters of Inquiry (LOI)s may be submitted at any time throughout the year, however, the Foundations' program staff will only review LOIs during certain months in order to provide the best service to our potential grantees under active consideration. The following timetable may be helpful as you plan for your grant proposal submissions:
March 1 Grant Proposal Deadline
- January 8 - February 16: Ongoing LOI review by the Foundations' program staff. LOIs will be evaluated and notified as accepted/invited for a full proposal, tabled for more information, or declined. Please note - January 8 is not a deadline for LOI submission. January 8 is the first day program staff will begin reviewing LOIs. LOIs may be submitted until February 16 for review.
- February 5 - March 15: Foundation' program staff will not accept calls or inquiries related to LOIs or proposals that are not under active consideration in the current grant cycle.
- March 1: Full proposal deadline for LOIs invited to submit a full grant proposal.
- March 2 - November 15: AVDF staff and trustees consideration of all full grant proposals. Decisions regarding full grant proposals received March 1 will be made no later than November 15.
November 1 Grant Proposal Deadline
- August 15- October 15: Ongoing LOI review by the Foundations' program staff. LOIs will be evaluated and notified as accepted/invited for a full proposal, tabled for more information, or declined. Please note - August 15 is not a deadline for LOI submission. August 15 is the first day program staff will begin reviewing LOIs. LOIs may be submitted until October 15 for review.
- October 5 - November 15: Foundation' program staff will not accept calls or inquiries related to LOIs or proposals that are not under active consideration in the current grant cycle.
- November 1: Full proposal deadline for LOIs invited to submit a full grant proposal.
- November 2 - June 1: AVDF staff and trustees consideration of all full grant proposals. Decisions regarding full grant proposals received November 1 will be made no later than June of the following year.
Note: LOIs and grant proposals in Public Educational Media will be considered on an ongoing basis regardless of the March 1 and November 1 deadlines.
Sizes and Types of Grants:
Planning Grants: Planning grants are awarded in the formative stages of planning key strategic project and pilot activities or for support of new models and methodologies. The Foundations will consider planning grant requests up to $100,000 from eligible 501(c)(3) organizations whose work aligns with our strategic philanthropic priorities.
Note: Planning grants are not available in the field of Public Educational Media.
Mid-size Grants: The Foundations will consider requests for support for grants with a range of $250,000 - $300,000 from eligible 501(c)(3) organizations whose work aligns with our strategic philanthropic priorities.
Note: Mid-size grants for Public Educational Media range from $250,000 - $400,000.
Transformational Grants: The Foundations, may, at some point in the future, consider invited grant proposals for amounts larger and more transformational in size and scope.
Proposal Review Criteria:
There are a number of criteria that the Foundations take into consideration when evaluating a proposal, including but not limited to:
- Clear and compelling project goals
- Relevant metrics for measuring success
- Institutional leadership quality and support
- Level of contribution to knowledge or practice
- Well-developed and clear project budget and timetable for project completion