Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible to apply?
Grants are restricted to organizations classified as a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization that is not a private foundation for purposes defined under 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code, public agencies or religious institutions. Applicant organizations that do not have their 501(c)(3) status are welcome to apply as long as their fiscal sponsor for the program is a nonprofit organization. Applicant organizations must be able to demonstrate that they are in compliance with all federal, state and local non-discrimination ordinances.
What are your grantmaking restrictions?
Unfortunately, we cannot support many worthy projects outside of our program interests. We do not fund the following: General Operating Grants, Grants to Individuals, One-time events or camps, Public Agencies, School Districts, Endowments, Fundraising Events, Scholarship Funds and Capital Campaigns.
Does The Sheltering Arms Foundation fund General Operating Grants?
No. Only program grants at this time.
Will Sheltering Arms consider funding through a fiscal sponsor if a prospective grantee does not have legal nonprofit status?
Yes, we will accept fiscal sponsorship.
Can we request more than one year of support?
Grants are for one year. The Foundation will not fund the same program for more than three consecutive years. A new application must be submitted for each year for which funding is requested.
What is the typical grant size?
Generally, grants range from $5,000 to $20,000 with an average grant being $10,000.
What is the geographic focus?
Grants are awarded to organizations throughout the State of Minnesota.
What is the grant review process?
The Grants Committee of the Board of Trustees and the Foundation’s staff will review all applications. Foundation trustees and staff may ask additional questions to clarify aspects of the funding request during the review process, and they may request additional information when necessary. A site visit or meeting may be requested of organizations whose proposals best match the interests of the Foundation. Such visits do not constitute a grant commitment. The Grants Committee recommends to the Foundation’s Board of Trustees at its annual May Board meeting those applications which demonstrate the greatest potential for carrying out the mission and funding priorities of the Foundation.
Funds are allocated in May of each year by the Board of Trustees. Grant payments begin the following July.
What is expected of us after receiving a grant?
All grant recipients are asked to sign a grant agreement. This agreement includes the requirement that grantees must complete a final project report describing their progress in meeting their original grant award goals and expenditure of funds. Former grantees must be current with their reporting requirements. In addition, at the completion of the grant period, all unexpended money must be refunded to the Foundation unless prior approval has been given to extend the grant period.