Foundation / Corporation
Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust
Grants to Indiana and Arizona nonprofits for programs that serve people in need, especially women, children, youth, and families, primarily in metropolitan Indianapolis and Phoenix. Applicants must consult with program staff at least two months prior to the deadline. A letter of intent must then be submitted.
Funding is intended for programming in the areas of civic, community, and family services; education for children and adults; assistance to people in need, especially women, children, youth, and families; employment training; arts and culture accessibility; and animals and the environment.
The Foundation exclusively supports organizations located in and serving the metropolitan areas of Indianapolis, Indiana, and Phoenix, Arizona, with the exception of environmental requests. For environmental requests, the Trust will consider proposals from local and national nonprofit organizations working in Arizona and Indiana. The Trust especially is interested in funding nonprofit organizations that can demonstrate and measure the impact of their work.
In the Helping People in Need area, the Trust supports:
- Programs that provide adult education or training with accompanying social supports for individuals to obtain and maintain gainful employment.
- Programs that focus on economic self-reliance through micro-lending, small business development, and entrepreneurial efforts for low-income individuals.
- Programs that assist the elderly in maintaining their independence and remaining in their homes.
- Programs that assist vulnerable families, women, and children to help move them from crisis or instability to greater functioning.
- Programs that provide basic needs, such as food, clothing, emergency shelter, or transitional housing.
- Programs that increase the number of licensed foster families and kinship providers.
- Multigenerational programs that help prevent children from entering the system.
- Programs that support young adults ages 18-25 who are aging out of the system, with postsecondary educational attainment, job training, and financial self-sufficiency.
Education and Literacy
- Programs that provide mentoring and tutoring to disadvantaged youth.
- Out-of-school time programs and projects for underserved children.
- Programs that improve literacy skills of adults.
- Programs that work with children (0 – 5) and their families to improve literacy, reading and language acquisition.
In the Protecting Animals and Nature area, the Trust supports:
- Programs that provide humane and wellness services for domestic animals, including shelter, rescue, spay/neuter, and adoption.
- Programs that promote conservation of natural habitats and ecosystems that advance preservation, protection, and restoration of land, water, wildlife, and plants.
- Programs that promote environmental awareness to connect people to the natural world, promote personal stewardship, or offer knowledge and tools for addressing current and future problems.
In the Enriching Community Life area, the Trust supports:
- Arts and cultural organizations whose program offerings primarily reach children and adults who might otherwise have limited access to participate.
- Organizations and programs that add to the overall civic and cultural vitality of the community.
The Trust awards grants for operating support, program support and capital needs in three program areas. Qualifications for each type of grant are:
- The Trust will consider operating support for former Trust grantees that can document major changes in income generation that threaten their current and/or future existence.
- The Trust will consider program support for organizations that seek to create, expand or enhance proven, effective programs.
- The Trust will consider capital support for organizations that seek immediate capital improvements to continue or expand services. The Trust will not accept proposals for capital campaigns, either for building or endowment purposes.
GrantWatch ID#: 179343
There is no “set” grant size range. As reference, in 2013 the Trust awarded grants ranging from $9,000 to $500,000.
Generally, the Trust prefers to disburse funds as a one-year grant, but not for a period longer than three years.
Tax Exempt Status:
The Trust makes grants only to tax-exempt organizations whose purposes are described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code that are either public charities described in Sections 509(a) or private operating foundations described in Section 4942(j)(3).
The Trust accepts requests only from nonprofit organizations located in and serving the metropolitan areas of Indianapolis, Indiana, and Phoenix, Arizona, with the exception of environmental requests. For environmental requests, the Trust will consider proposals from local and national nonprofit organizations working in Arizona and Indiana.
The Trust will not consider funding the following:
- Grants for international activities, academic research, sectarian purposes, or programs that promote religious doctrine or political campaigns.
- Grants for health-related programs, except for those related to the visually impaired.
- Requests for programs that target those currently incarcerated, exiting the criminal justice system or recently released. Within this area, programs that target children of incarcerated individuals or address youth in foster care will be considered.
- Proposals from colleges and universities for operating or capital requests. (The latter includes endowments for professorial chairs, faculty training and research, scholarships, and building campaigns.) However, the Trust will continue to accept proposals through its regular grant cycles for support of projects that link higher education institutions to their communities.
- Grants to individuals
The Trust does not support sectarian religious activities or sectarian religious facilities. However, churches and other religious organizations may submit a application if their activities benefit the larger community and decisions to accept clients are not made on the basis of religious belief and/or affiliation.
Only by rare exception will the Trust consider a application from K-12 private and/or tuition-based schools. Further, the Trust will accept an application only if authorized by or submitted by the school’s central governing body. In all instances, the applicant must have its own IRS Section 501(c)(3) determination letter. The Trust will not support requests for buildings and equipment or for general operating purposes.
Before submitting an application:
Step 1: Read the Grant Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions to determine what the Trust will and will not fund, including program funding interests and priority areas.
Step 2: Consult with Trust staff. The Trust requires that a representative from your organization consult with grants program staff at least two months prior to the application deadline.
Step 3: If grants program staff determines the project has potential for funding, your organization will be asked to complete an online Letter of Intent(LOI) describing the project in detail, as well as the proposed grant activities and outcomes.
Step 4: Upon approval of the LOI, the Trust will notify the organization and provide instructions for completing an application.
Funding Cycle Timeline:
May 23, 2018: Applicant submits a proposal
September 10, 2018: Trust notifies applicant of the status of its proposal
November 2, 2018: Trust notifies applicant regarding funding decisions
All materials must be received online no later than noon the day of the deadline.
Application Process: http://www.ninapulliamtrust.org/grant-information/proposal-process/
Application Deadlines: http://www.ninapulliamtrust.org/grant-information/funding-cycle-deadlines/
Grant FAQ: http://www.ninapulliamtrust.org/grant-information/faq/
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Online Grants Management System - for submission of Letter of Intent and Grant Application:
Arizona Contact Info:
Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust
2201 East Camelback Road, Suite 600B
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Indiana Contact Info:
Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust
135 N Pennsylvania Street, Suite 1200
Indianapolis, IN 46204
USA: Arizona: Phoenix; Indiana: Indianapolis