Dart Foundation Grant

Dart Foundation


Grant amount: Up to US $5,000

Next deadline: Aug 15, 2018

Later deadlines: Nov 15, 2018, Feb 15, 2019, May 15, 2019

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Capital Project, Applied Project / Program, Education / Outreach

Location of project: Counties in California: Riverside County, San Bernardino County, San Joaquin County, Counties in Florida: Broward County, Hillsborough County Expand all

Location of residency: Counties in California: Riverside County, San Bernardino County, San Joaquin County, Counties in Florida: Broward County, Hillsborough County Expand all

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Overview:

About Us

The Dart Foundation is a private family foundation established in 1984 by William A. and Claire T. Dart. Founded in Mason, Michigan, the Dart Foundation continues to be headquartered there. Because of this, the mid-Michigan area has long been a focal point of Dart Foundation philanthropy. In addition, grants are made in Sarasota, FL and the communities which serve as homes to Dart Container Corporation's production facilities and sales headquarters.

Our Mission

The mission of the Dart Foundation is to advance and encourage youth education, primarily in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. We also support projects that strengthen and improve the quality of life in numerous identified communities.

WHAT We Fund

The Foundation considers requests from tax-qualified organizations (must have a successful track record of at least three years) for projects that support:

  • Public school education, with an emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) as well as career and technical training in the skilled trades
    • Most grants directly fund the public schools in one of our geographic funding areas (see “Where We Fund”)
    • For additional details, see our School Guidelines
  • Community Service organizations in one of our geographic funding areas (see "Where We Fund") that otherwise meet our funding criteria and have a strong tangible or capital improvement need

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

Eligibility:

  • The Foundation considers requests from tax-qualified organizations (must have a successful track record of at least three years). 
  • Where we fund:
    • Grants are focused in the immediate vicinities of specifically identified communities across the United States.
      • Please note locations with an * have fully utilized their funding allotment for the year. We will not consider grants in these communities until the next fiscal year beginning November 1, 2018.
    • They are:
        • CA: Chino, Corona and Lodi
        • FL: Deerfield Beach*, Plant City and Sarasota
        • GA: Conyers, Lithonia, Social Circle and Thomaston
        • ID: Twin Falls
        • IL: Lincolnshire*, North Aurora*, University Park, Urbana, and parts of Chicago; contact us for specific guidance in Chicago
        • KY: Horse Cave and Owensboro
        • MD: Federalsburg, Hampstead and Havre de Grace
        • MI: Mid-Michigan; primarily in Ingham and Eaton Counties with limited grant-making in Clinton and Jackson Counties
        • MS: Quitman
        • NC: Randleman
        • OK: Ada
        • PA: Leola and Lancaster
        • TX: Dallas, Grand Prairie and Waxahachie; contact us for specific guidance in Dallas
        • WA: Tacoma and Tumwater*

Preferences:

  • We prefer to support projects that:
    • Fund tangible needs such as equipment, capital improvements and reusable materials that provide a long-term impact and enhance an organization’s effectiveness .
    • Serve a large number of people. 
    • Reach a broad segment of the community, as opposed to limited sub-set of the population .
    • Provide a plan for independent sustainability, and do not require continued funding from the Foundation year after year
      • Most projects are not eligible for funding from the Foundation on an on-going basis.
      • We prefer to fund independently sustainable or “stand-alone” projects.

Ineligibility:

  • The Foundation will not consider requests for funding:
    • Salaries, feasibility studies, overhead or “one-time” use items such as food, clothing, and toiletries
    • Individuals, including scholarships, awards or personal emergency relief
    • Projects sponsored by religious organizations, particularly individual “houses of worship”
    • International organizations
    • Endowments
    • Arts (except for public school music education programs)
    • Sports teams, equipment or related expenses
    • Political parties, candidates or organizations
    • Non-tax qualified organizations such as service clubs, fraternal organizations and Chambers of Commerce
    • Sponsorships (except for science and engineering fairs)