Responsive Grantmaking

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Agencies in Multiple
States to Promote Positive Outcomes for Families

GrantWatch ID#: 178874
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

The William J. and Dorothy K. O'Neill Foundation


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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, and government agencies in multiple states for family-oriented programming. Consideration will be given to programs likely to yield positive outcomes for families in eligible communities. Funding may be requested for special projects, capacity building, and general operating support.

Types of Grants:

-Capacity Building: Support for improving the internal infrastructure of the organization (i.e. strategic planning, IT hardware & software, board development, fundraising consulting).

-Special Projects: Can be new or expanded programs, services, and interventions.

-General Operations: Available to organizations with an annual operating budget of $2 million or less. These grants help cover day-to-day costs like staff, rent, and utilities.

Populations of Interest:

-Low-income families
-Intergenerational families
-Families with mental health needs
-Families with at-risk youth
-Families with specific disabilities

Program Areas:

-Health and wellness
-Focusing on access to high-quality and culturally competent and preventive services
-Mental health and wellness
-Protective factors found in strong families
-Employment and self-sufficiency
-Arts and culture
-Safe, affordable housing
-Economic development and entrepreneurship
-Environmental sustainability

The Foundation accepts Letters of Inquiry (LOI) from tax-exempt organizations under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, government agencies, and religious organizations.

Grants are not made to private foundations

Geographic Priorities:

-Hawaii: Big Island
-Florida: Bonita Springs, Greater Orlando, and Naples
-Washington, D.C.: Limited to DC proper
-New York City: Brooklyn, The Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island
-Maryland: Baltimore City, Annapolis, and Anne Arundel County
-Ohio: Columbus, Greater Cleveland, and Licking County
-Virginia: Richmond
-Texas: Austin and Houston
-Vermont: Dorset, Rupert, Manchester, and Pawlet

Grant Limitations:

-Debt retirement
-Costs already encumbered or to be reimbursed
-Lobbying and political activities
-Capital campaigns/improvements
-Evangelical work by religious organizations
-Scholarships for individuals
-Fundraising drives/events
-Endowment funds

Grant Request Process:

Letter of Inquiry: The first step of the application process introduces your organization and project to the Foundation.

Site Visit: Applicants selected for further review will move to the site visit phase of the grant process. The site visit is a 90-minute dialogue with an O’Neill family member, staff and key representatives from the organization.

Invited Proposal: Foundation staff will notify the organization if a proposal will be invited. Organizations invited to submit a proposal will receive specific information from Foundation staff about what to include in the proposal. Please note, this information is not on the Foundation's website. All invited applicants will be required to complete a logic model outlining inputs, process objectives, short-term outcomes and long-term outcomes for the proposed funding request.

2017 Letter of Inquiry Due Dates:

-Cycle 1 Letter of Inquiry Due Date: February 6, 2017.
-Cycle 2 Letter of Inquiry Due Date: August 1, 2017.

Applicants are advised to review the specific guidelines for the type of grant for which they intend to apply:

More information on Capacity Building may be found here:

More information on Special Projects may be found here:

More information on Operating Support may be found here:

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

All organizations must first create a New Account to access the LOI forms online at:

Symone McClain, Vice President
(216) 831-4134

The William J. & Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation
7575 Northcliff Ave., Suite 205
Cleveland, OH 44144

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USA: Florida: Bonita Springs, Greater Orlando, and Naples;   Hawaii: Big Island;   Maryland: Baltimore City, Annapolis, and Anne Arundel County;   New York City;   Ohio: Columbus, Greater Cleveland, and Licking County;   Texas: Austin and Houston;   Vermont: Dorset, Rupert, Manchester, and Pawlet;   Virginia: Richmond;   Washington, DC

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