The Ray Charles Foundation Grant

Grants to USA Nonprofits for Disability Services,
Educational Programs, and Arts for Disadvantaged Youth

GrantWatch ID#: 172761
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

The Ray Charles Foundation


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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations for programs and services that meet the needs of disadvantaged youth, with a specific focus on the areas of education, blindness and hearing disorders, and arts and culture.

Types of Support:
The Ray Charles Foundation considers funding for educational programs that provide academic services to disadvantaged and underprivileged youth in the area of arts, sciences, college preparation, after school tutoring. Funding is favored for educational programs and resources for youth with hearing disorders and/or who are visually impaired or blind. Lastly, funding will be considered to qualifying institutions and museums whose mission it is to provide musical, cultural education and access to the arts to underprivileged and disadvantaged youth. Funding for capital or construction will be considered on a case by case basis but is not encouraged.

Priority is given to requests that:
- Enhance the education services for the underserved and disadvantaged youth at varying academic levels. This may include after-school programs, college access or preparatory programs and reading/writing programs.
- Support programs and institutions that provide research and/or services for the visually impaired and/or hearing impaired, especially in underserved and disadvantaged neighborhoods.
- Provide programs that include access to community cultural institutions that promote after school art programs of varying sorts for the disadvantaged and underserved youth.

The Foundation does not have a maximum amount set. All amounts are welcome for consideration.

The Ray Charles Foundation grants are awarded for a limited period of time and most grants will be limited to one year in duration. Multi-year funding will be considered on an exceptional case by case basis. The Foundation generally does not approve grants to organizations on a continuing annual basis. If an agency applies for a 'one year grant' more than three years in a row, they will be declined and asked to wait at least two years before applying again.

An organization that is certified as tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code is eligible for consideration.

Applicants must be a public charity in existence for a minimum of three years.

Geographic Area of Grant Focus:

The Ray Charles Foundation funds grants to organizations and programs incorporated and delivering services in the United States.

The Foundation does not fund organizations and programs outside of the United States.

While requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis, applicants should note that as a general practice, the Foundation does not fund the total cost of a capital, program, or capacity building budget.

The Foundation will not make grants for ongoing operating expenses. Requests for payroll expenses are discouraged. Requests for one-time events such as sponsoring a concert, a museum, or other such field trips for students are not encouraged.

How to Apply for a Grant:

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The Foundation accepts and processes applications for grants between May 1 and September 30. While the Foundation’s Board of Directors reviews and determines final action on all grants, communication with Foundation Directors is discouraged.

A completed grant application package should be submitted via U.S. mail.

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

Submit applications to:

Grant Department
The Ray Charles Foundation
2107 West Washington Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90018

P: 323-737-8000
F: 323-737-0148

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