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Ayrshire Foundation Grant

Ayrshire Foundation

Grant amount: More than US $5,000

Next deadline: Sep 15, 2019

Later deadlines: Mar 15, 2020

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, General Operating Expense, Applied Project / Program, Research

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: Preferred: Counties in California: Los Angeles County, San Francisco County, Sonoma County, Emmet County, Michigan Other eligible locations: United States

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Note: Due to several recent very large multi-year grants, our funds are fully committed through 2020. We expect to begin entertaining new grant requests in the fall of 2019. 

In 1998, James N. Gamble founded the Ayrshire Foundation with his two daughters and their husbands in order to broaden the scope of their established family giving.

Since its inception, the foundation has distributed approximately one million dollars per year in gifts ranging in size from several thousand to several hundred thousand.

Originally broad in its mission, the foundation has gradually focused its funding in five areas: opportunities for youthscience and the environmenthealthcareservices for the elderly and disabled; and community culture.

Funding Areas

  • Youth Opportunities 
    • Strategically investing in young people to help them achieve their potential, equipping them for tomorrow’s challenges. 
  • Science & Environment 
    • Protecting and enhancing our world by supporting scientific research and education as well as sustainable or remedial environmental policy. 
  • Healthcare 
    • Continuing the long-term tradition of the Gamble family by supporting local healthcare institutions. 
  • Services for the Elderly and Disabled 
    • Supporting the philosophy that the health of a society is reflected in its quality of care and respect for the elderly and disabled. 
  • Community Culture 
    • Supporting local arts and historical institutions to enhance the vibrancy of our communities.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Generally speaking benefiting organizations will be limited to those serving communities in which the principals of the foundation maintain homes or where one or more have or have had a close relationship – i.e. as alumni of a college or university.
  • Normally grants will not be awarded for less than $5,000 and will be made only for other than usual operations - i.e. providing seed money for new programs or agencies designed to meet unfilled needs in the communities involved.
  • Will consider multi-year or matching grants.
  • All organizations must be a 501(c)3 nonprofit in order to be considered.


  • Preference is given to organizations located in the following areas:
    • Pasadena, San Francisco, and Sonoma, California;
    • Petoskey/Harbor Springs, Michigan.
  • Organizations with which Ayrshire board members have some personal involvement are also given priority.
  • We are enthusiastic about:
    • projects that relate to more than one grant category (e.g., the internship program at the Academy of Science);
    • grants that can be leveraged to attract other funding (e.g., the Oak Hill School); and
    • projects that are replicable (e.g., the Edible Schoolyard).


  • Due to charitable laws, we cannot give to political causes or direct lobbying efforts, but our activism may express itself by the organizations and type of projects we fund.
  • We currently are not set up to give to individuals, but individuals can benefit from donee organizations that we support.
  • We are less inclined to make ongoing, operational-type grants.

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