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.
Due to a small number of program staff, the Foundations are unable to discuss your project before submitting a letter of inquiry. We suggest you familiarize yourself with our philanthropic priorities. We welcome your ideas and we invite you to submit your project through our grantee portal. If you have questions regarding how to complete the LOI form, please send a message to email@example.com.
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.
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.
Unfortunately, due to the large number of letter of inquiry and proposal submissions, the Foundations are not able to provide specific feedback on declined projects.
Applicants must submit a budget with numbered line items for each major expenditure category for the project. Each line should include the amount requested from AVDF, any amounts anticipated from other sources, and the total. In addition, applicants must submit a separate budget narrative which provides a narrative explanation for each numbered line in the budget. Indirect costs may not exceed 5% of the total direct costs.
Projects supported by the Foundations are typically 1-2 years in duration but they can be of any duration. We currently do not have a limit on the duration of projects that are requesting funding.
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.
Yes. A public institution is eligible to apply for an Interfaith grant.
Please refer to the grant calendar for specific deadline dates and times for letters of inquiry and proposal materials.
No. The Foundations do not support organizations outside the United States. We do not support projects overseas.
No. Our Private Higher Education work is limited to projects supporting undergraduate education at private, four-year, residential colleges and universities.
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