Small Grants Program
Small Grants Program Application .pdf (121KB) (complete instructions, face sheet, and application)
The Small Grants Program aims to be responsive to community needs and support organizations that advance the Foundation’s funding objectives. This initiative offers opportunities for funding requests that may be too small to be competitive in the Foundation’s annual grantmaking cycles.
Overall, the Small Grants Program will allow the Foundation to respond to short-term organizational needs in a simplified and expedited manner. Under this category, eligible non-profits can apply for one-year grants of $30,000 or less. The total amount available for this year’s Small Grants Program is $300,000. The Foundation anticipates splitting this amount into two cycles with deadlines in March and October. Within each cycle, the Foundation expects to award 1-2 grants between $20,000 and $30,000; 3-4 grants between $10,000 and $19,999; and four or more grants of less than $10,000.
Who is Eligible?
Organizations with IRS 501(c)(3) classifications, public school districts, charter schools, or diocesan or private schools that currently operate programs for children, adolescents, or young adults to age 26.
Please note that organizations must also provide services in one of the Foundation’s four funding categories:
Organizations located in one of the following geographic areas:
The Foundation will give preference to organizations with annual operating budgets below $3 million.
Please note that organizations awarded a grant under this initiative must wait two years before they are eligible to reapply to the Small Grants Program. However, organizations that apply for a small grant are eligible to apply for other Tower Foundation initiatives.
Types of Support
Capacity Building- For specific activities or projects aimed at strengthening an organization’s programmatic or administrative capacity. Some examples of allowable capacity building activities include: organizational assessment, an agency’s first audit, strategic and board planning, executive coaching and consulting, and staff participation in professional development.
Program Development- Support for program development, planning, or enhancement. Please note that funds cannot be used for service delivery.
Capital/Equipment Projects- For small projects that involve one-time capital or non-consumable equipment expenditures.
Small Grants are not made:
All of the requested information must be received in order to be considered for a small grant. For Small Grant Program instructions, face sheet and complete application, click here.
Foundation Contact Information
If you have questions about the Foundation’s Small Grants Program, please contact:
Chuck Colston, Program Officer
Notice Regarding Your Submission
By submitting a proposal to the Foundation, you, as the applicant or its duly authorized representative, hereby agree and consent that the Foundation may disclose to any employee, trustee or professional representative of the Foundation, or to other potential funding sources or their representatives for possible collaboration, this proposal and all supporting materials which have been or will be submitted in connection therewith, including but not limited to the applicant’s letter of inquiry.