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AVDF accepts open submission funding requests in three of our five Program Areas: Private Higher Education, Public Educational Media, and Interfaith Leadership and Religious Literacy.

The Foundations use a two-stage process to review requests. Applicants must first submit a letter of intent through the Foundation’s portal by the deadline listed below. AVDF staff review all letters of intent and invite competitive requests forward to a second stage, in which applicants submit a full proposal. Full proposals that are recommended for approval are reviewed by the AVDF Board of Trustees in February and May. Please note that various factors determine when a full proposal will be reviewed by our Board. All applicants should therefore assume a project start date of June 1 or later of the year following submission of their request.

Letter of Intent Deadline

All materials must be received by 5:00 pm (ET) on the deadline date listed below in order to be eligible for review in our 2020-2021 cycle.

Full Proposal Invitations Issued

AVDF Program staff will invite applicants who submitted the most competitive letters of intent to submit a full proposal for further consideration.

Full Proposal Deadline

All materials must be submitted by 5:00 pm (ET) on the deadline date listed below in order to be eligible for review.

AVDF Board Review Decisions

Proposal decisions are issued in February or May.

Letter of Intent Deadline
Full Proposal Invitations Issued
Full Proposal Deadline
AVDF Board Review Decisions
2020-2021 Review Cycle
August 28, 2020
October 9, 2020
November 13, 2020
February and May
2021-2022 Review Cycle
August 27, 2021
October 8, 2021
November 12, 2021
February and May
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