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Responsive Grantmaking

Grants to Vermont Nonprofits for Programs that Strengthen
Families in Dorset, Rupert, Manchester, and Pawlet

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William J. and Dorothy K. O'Neill Foundation

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Grants to Vermont nonprofit organizations for family-oriented programs and projects that focus on the areas of health and wellness, educational success, and homelessness. Funding may be requested for capacity building, program support, and general operating support. For the 2019 funding cycle, grant applications will be accepted from previous grantees only; however, this restriction will not apply to the Foundation's target geographies in Vermont: Dorset, Rupert, Manchester, and Pawlet.

Grant requests must be for whole-family approaches that strive to meet the needs of the entire family unit – addressing the needs of both children and the adults in their lives together. The Foundation recognizes that families come in all different shapes and sizes and that families define themselves.

Capacity building grants provide support for internal infrastructure projects and outside expertise to provide programs and services in a more impactful, efficient, and effective manner. Supported capacity building projects include (but are not limited to):
- Strategic or communications planning
- Board development or succession planning
- Development and fundraising planning
- Network and IT planning and implementation
- Fundraising consulting
- Consultant expenses.

Program grants provide support for direct costs associated with programs, services, and interventions. Supported projects include, but are not limited to, staff salaries and program expenses. General operating grants provide support for the day-to-day costs of running an organization.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178874

Term of Contract:

The grant term is June 2019 - June 2020. Multi-year funding will not be available for the Responsive Grantmaking program. Unless otherwise directed by staff, consider the grant term to be 12 months when developing your proposal. An organization may reapply for up to three consecutive grants.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

If your organization has received a responsive grant since 2013, the year the Foundation shifted its funding priority to strengthening families, you are eligible to apply for a new grant in 2019, provided that you meet the other eligibility requirements. Note, this restriction will not apply to the Fund's target geographies in Vermont, which was recently opened to grantmaking.

Organizations applying for operating support must have an annual operating budget of less than $2 million and have either a current board-approved strategic plan or business plan at the time application.

Capacity building grants cannot be used for expansion of program capacity, staff salaries or indirect/overhead costs.

Program grants cannot be use for operating expenses and indirect/overhead costs.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A Responsive Grantmaking Webinar will take place on January 24, 2019.

Pre-Application Information:

Responsive Grantmaking Application Deadline: February 21, 2019.

Timeline (2019):
Applications become available: January 15, 2019
Applications due: February 21, 2019
Grant Term: June 2019 - June 2020

For the Responsive Grantmaking program, the application process begins with the submission of a proposal, budget, and project activity plan through the grants management system. A confirmation email will be sent to the primary contact after the application is submitted.

The time between the date of application and award notification will be approximately 4 months. During this time, staff and O’Neill family members will review proposals. Selected organizations will be invited by phone or email to schedule a site visit with Foundation staff or family members within 30 days of the application deadline. The actual site visit may not take place for several weeks.

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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.

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

Kara McCullough
tel:216-831-4134 x 102

For inquiries related to Washington, D.C., Maryland, New York, and Vermont, contact Marci Lu:
tel:216-831-4134 x 105

For inquiries related to Florida, Hawaii, Ohio, and Texas contact Leslie Perkul:
tel:216-831-4134 x 103

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Vermont: Dorset, Rupert, Manchester, and Pawlet