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The Beirne Carter Foundation Grants

Grants to Virginia Nonprofits for the Environment,
Healthcare, Education, and Community Welfare

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Foundation / Corporation

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The Beirne Carter Foundation

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Deadline Date:

10/10/18 12:00 PM Noon


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Grants to Virginia nonprofit organizations for innovative programs and capital projects. January 31, 2018 is the deadline to submit a preliminary proposal. Programs should focus on the following areas: the environment, healthcare and medical research, early childhood and K-12 education, and community welfare, with an emphasis on assisting the underserved.

Grantmaking has been prioritized in order of its importance (1 through 3) to the Foundation, as follows:

(1) Board directed grants (to organizations identified by the Board),
(2) Grants to organizations located in the Richmond and Roanoke, Virginia metropolitan areas, and
(3) Grants to other organizations located in Virginia with which the Foundation has had an extensive grantmaking history.

Despite its broad range of funding interests in past years, the Foundation has given grant emphasis in recent years to the following:

(1) Healthcare and medical research, including the Beirne B. Carter Center for Immunology Research,
(2) Early childhood development,
(3) Education (K – 12),
(4) Ecological and environmental initiatives and education, and
(5) Social and community welfare initiatives (with emphasis on underserved/un-served individuals of all ages).

Although the Foundation has not adopted hard and fast rules governing purposes for which it will award grants, it has become clear that certain purposes align more closely with Board thinking than others. These are:

- Assisting existing organizations seeking to begin new, impactful, and ultimately, self-sustaining programs,
- Leveraging established and successful programs in innovative ways that will broaden benefits and increase numbers of persons served, and
- Supporting capital projects, including equipment acquisition and facilities (e.g. replacement, new construction/expansion, renovation, etc.).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 168361

Term of Contract:

Multiyear grants are occasionally funded.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for grant consideration an applicant must qualify under IRS regulations as tax exempt and not be a private operating foundation as defined by the IRS.

Generally, grants will not be made to organizations supported primarily by government funds or to religious organizations. Grants are not made to individuals.

The Foundation will not consider requests:

- From organizations located outside the Richmond and Roanoke areas with which the Foundation has not had an extensive grant making history,
- From local chapters of national associations and societies,
- From educational institutions unless there is or has been a direct Carter-Hutcheson family connection,
- For new venture start-up expenses,
- For endowment funds (including scholarship funds), debt reduction, or funding of deficits, or
- To support operating expenses associated with ongoing programs or activities (e.g., camper-ships, scholarships, stipends, honoraria, retreats, etc.) or other general administrative expenses (e.g., salaries, rent, office supplies, materials, etc.).

Pre-Application Information:

Spring Cycle Timeline:
-Preliminary Proposal Deadline: January 31, 2018
-Proposal Decisions Communicated: March 7, 2018
-Grant Application Deadline: April 11, 2018
-Grant Decisions Communicated: May 16, 2018

Fall Cycle Timeline:
-Preliminary Proposal Deadline: August 1, 2018
-Proposal Decisions Communicated: September 12, 2018
-Grant Application Deadline: October 10, 2018
-Grant Decisions Communicated: November 14, 2018

Grant applications must be received in the Foundation’s offices by no later than 12:00 PM Noon.

There is no frequency limitation on the submission of preliminary proposals. However, only one proposal per organization will be considered in a single cycle. Generally, declined proposals should not be resubmitted for the same purpose. Organizations that have been awarded a grant should wait at least three years before submitting a new grant request.

Application Process:

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Peter C. Toms, Executive Director
P: (804) 521-0272
F: (804) 521-0137

The Beirne Carter Foundation
1802 Bayberry Court, Suite 401
Richmond, VA 23226-3767

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Virginia