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The Clowes Fund Grant

Grants to USA Nonprofits in Multiple States
for Arts, Education, and Social Services

GrantWatch ID#: 176376
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

The Clowes Fund

02/01/17

11/01/16

Grants of up to $50,000 to Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Washington nonprofit organizations for programs in the areas of education, arts, and social services. Preliminary applications are due November 1. The Foundation supports organizations that work to build a just and equitable society, create opportunities for initiative, foster creativity and the growth of knowledge, and promote appreciation of the natural environment.

The Clowes Fund generally offers grant awards between $20,000 and $50,000. Requests for smaller or larger amounts and multi-year grants may be considered. First-time grants are generally at the lower end of the range for a single year. Previous grantees should seek guidance from Fund staff regarding an appropriate range, term and type of request.

The Fund concentrates its support in three geographic regions, and priority interests vary among them:

1) New England

-In Massachusetts, the Foundation gives priority consideration to social services, education and arts education requests serving Suffolk, Middlesex, Essex and Worcester Counties, as well as other areas with significant populations of immigrants, refugees and asylees.

-In Vermont, the Foundation gives priority consideration to arts education requests serving Windham County.

-In New Hampshire, the Foundation gives priority consideration to social services requests serving Grafton, Sullivan and Cheshire Counties.

-In Maine, the Foundation gives priority consideration to social services and education requests in southern and mid-coast parts of the State, which include Cumberland, Androscoggin, Knox and Lincoln Counties.

2) Indianapolis, Indiana – the Foundation gives preference to the stated social services priorities in Marion County and the seven contiguous surrounding counties.

3) Seattle, Washington – The Foundation gives priority to a limited cohort of instrumental music education programs that foster critical thinking skills and creativity for students in the Seattle Public Schools District of King County.

The Fund supports organizations and programs that focus primarily on socioeconomically disadvantaged individuals through the arts, education and certain social services, defined as follows:

1) Social Services

-Immigrants, Refugees and Asylees – The Foundation is interested in supporting efforts to address the economic, linguistic, legal and psychological hurdles that foreign-born individuals and their children face during integration into American society and its economy.

-Workforce Development – The Foundation is interested in ensuring that all individuals have access to both jobs skills training and the support services necessary to enable them to participate fully in the economic life of their communities. In addition, the Foundation is interested in supporting efforts that prevent students (ages 15 to 25) from dropping out of school and assist in the re-entry of dropouts or their pursuit of an alternate course to economic self-sufficiency.

2) Arts and Education

-The Foundation supports primary and secondary education, including initiatives that emphasize classroom instruction.

-The Foundation supports arts education programs that foster critical thinking skills and creativity.

The Fund prefers to support innovative projects and programs, to provide “step up” money to expand programs, or to build organizational capacity. The following types of grants may be awarded:

1) Capacity Building - Funding that strengthens an organization so that it may better fulfill its mission.

2) Capital - The Fund may invite a proposal for endowment, facilities or equipment.

3) Challenge - Funding that is contingent upon the grantee achieving an agreed-on fundraising, program or operating goal.

4) Matching - Funding that is contingent upon the grantee raising qualified matching funds.

5) Operating - The Fund may invite an operating (also known as unrestricted) proposal from a grantee with which the Foundation has an established grant history. A mature organization may be eligible for operating support upon establishing a threshold of core competency. A developing organization may be eligible for operating support upon successful completion of a start-up or seed grant, through which it has demonstrated a threshold of competency.

6) Project/Program - Funding for a designated initiative or endeavor. (Program grants may include a proportionate share of overhead.)

7) Seed Money - Funding awarded to help launch a specified new project, program or initiative.

-Typical Grant Range: $20,000 - $50,000.
-First-time Grants: Generally up to $20,000.

Multi-year requests will be considered.

First-time grants are generally made for a single year.

The Fund only makes grants to 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations based in the United States that are also described in Internal Revenue Code section 509(a)(1), 509(a)(2) or (in certain cases) 509(a)(3).

Ineligible Requests:
-Organizations that discriminate in either policy or practice against people because of their age, race, national origin, ethnicity, creed, gender, orientation or disability;
-Programs that proselytize or promote specific religious doctrine;
-Sponsorships for fundraising events;
-Scholarships or direct financial awards to individuals;
-Unsolicited proposals from colleges and universities;
-Unsolicited proposals from any organization for operating or capital support;
-More than one request per organization per calendar year, including Clowes support that your organization may be receiving through a third party or funding collaborative;
-Lobbying or political elections;
-Certain Type III Supporting Organizations.

The Fund will not consider grants for the following types of activities or entities:
-Organizations that discriminate in either policy or practice against people because of their age, race, national origin, ethnicity, creed, gender, sexual orientation or disability;
-Programs that proselytize or promote specific religious doctrine;
-Sponsorships for fundraising events;
-Scholarships or direct financial awards to individuals;
-Unsolicited proposals from colleges and universities;
-Unsolicited proposals from any organization for operating or capital support;
-More than one request per organization per calendar year, including Clowes support that your organization may be receiving through a third party or funding collaborative;
-Lobbying or political elections;
-Certain Type III Supporting Organizations.

Proposal Process Timeline

-November 1: Preliminary Proposals are due online via eGrant; receipt is auto-acknowledged; evaluation begins.

-December: Preliminary applicants receive either invitations to submit a Final Proposal or declinations.

-January: Staff may review draft narratives for those applicants who had been invited to submit a Final Proposal in response to either a Preliminary Proposal or a statement of intent submitted in the fall.

-February 1: Final Proposals are due online via eGrant; receipt is auto-acknowledged; evaluation begins. Staff will review your proposal for completeness and compatibility with the Fund’s guidelines.

-Staff may choose to schedule a meeting or site visit to discuss the proposal. Viable compelling proposals will be forwarded to the appropriate regional grants review committee. An assigned reviewer will read your final proposal in its entirety and make a funding recommendation to the regional committee.

-March-April: Regional grants review committees convene. The committees may decline proposals, award grants within the Fund’s small grant range (up to $20,000 per year for up to three years), or forward proposals to the full board for consideration.

-May-June: Board convenes and makes final grant decisions.

-July 1: Funding decisions are communicated; grant contracts are issued.

-Grant Self-Evaluation Reports are due one year and 30 days after the close of the grant period.

Though the most common report deadline is August 1st, refer to the grant contract.

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

Apply Online: http://www.clowesfund.org/apply/

Elizabeth A. Casselman, Executive Director, Indiana
beth.casselman@clowesfund.org

Megan Briggs Reilly, New England Program Officer, Massachusetts
megan.reilly@clowesfund.org

Erin M. Trisler, Program Manager, Indiana
erin.trisler@clowesfund.org

E. Estherre Wohlenhaus, Program Assistant, Indiana
estherre.wohlenhaus@clowesfund.org

The Clowes Fund
320 North Meridian Street, Suite 316
The Chamber of Commerce Building
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204-1722

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