How to Apply for a Grant in Private Higher Education, Pubic Educational Media and Interfaith Leadership and Religious Literacy:

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 many reset your password on the log-in page.
  • Submit a letter of inquiry to the Foundations by selecting “Submit New LOI” on the left navigation pane

If you do not have an account in the AVDF online portal:
  • Click here to visit the online portal.
  • Select “Create an Account” on the right-hand side of the page
  • Complete and submit answers to the Eligibility Quiz
  • If your registration is approved, you will receive an email from the Foundations with your ID and password. Any organization with an approved registration, ID and password is eligible to submit a letter of inquiry (LOI).

Submitting an LOI (Letter of Inquiry)
  • Log-in using your ID and password.
  • 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 impact, timeframes and why you believe your project aligns with AVDF’s philanthropic priorities.
Submission of a letter of inquiry will prompt AVDF program officers review of the LOI and responses that could include: 1) an invitation to submit a full proposal; 2) an invitation to revise or refresh your grant LOI; or 3) a signal that your grant is not likely to be competitive at this time.

Submitting a full grant proposal
  • After the AVDF staff reviews your LOI, you may be invited to submit a full proposal with more details about your proposed project.
Note: For 2018–2020, Environmental Engagement, Stewardship and Solutions and Palliative Care and End of Life grants will be considered only from designated partners.

Timing:
The next upcoming grant proposal deadline for Private Higher Education and Interfaith Leadership and Religious Literacy grants is November 1, 2017. Going forward, our full grant proposal deadlines are March 1 and November 1 each year.
Note: Grant proposals for Public Educational Media will be considered on an ongoing basis.

 Given the deadline of November 1 and March 1 for review of a full grant proposal, the AVDF program staff suggest that letters of inquiry (LOI’s) are submitted at any time beginning May 15, 2017 for the November 1, 2017 deadline.

Letters of inquiry (LOI’s) may be submitted at any time throughout the year but the following timetables may be helpful for your planning purposes.

For Grant Cycle: November 1, 2017

May 15, 2017: AVDF Staff begin reading LOI’s.
May 15 – October 15, 2017: Ongoing LOI review by AVDF Program Staff that will invite full grant proposals from competitive LOI’s.
November 1, 2017: Deadline for receipt of full grant proposals.
November 1, 2017 – May 15, 2018: AVDF Staff and Trustees consideration of all full grant proposals. Decisions regarding full grant proposals received November 1, 2017 will be made no later than May 15, 2018.

 

 

For Grant Cycle: March 1, 2018

January 1, 2018: AVDF Staff begin reading LOI’s.
January 1 – February 15, 2018: Ongoing LOI review by AVDF Program Staff that will invite full grant proposals from competitive LOI’s.
March 1, 2018: Deadline for receipt of full grant proposal.
March 1, 2018 – December 31, 2018: AVDF Staff and Trustees consideration of all full grant proposals. Decisions regarding full grant proposals received November 1, 2017 will be made no later than December 31, 2018.

 


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 AVDF will consider planning grant requests up to $100,000 from eligible 501 (c)(3) organizations whose work aligns with our strategic philanthropic priorities.

*Planning grants are not eligible in the field of Public Educational Media

General Grants
The AVDF 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.

*Midsize grants for Public Educational Media will range: $250,000-$400,000.

The Arthur Vining Davis 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 that may include but not limited to:

  • Clear and compelling goals
  • Relevant metrics for measuring success
  • Institutional leadership quality and support
  • Level of contribution to knowledge or practice
  • Well-developed and clear grant budget and timetable for project completion
  • Impact on the institution

 

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