O'Neill Foundation Responsive Grantmaking

William J. & Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation

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Grant amount: US $10,000 - US $100,000

Next anticipated deadline: Feb 21, 2020 (Letter of inquiry)

Later anticipated deadlines: Aug 21, 2020 (Letter of inquiry)

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, General Operating Expense, Project / Program, Training / Capacity Building

Location of project: District of Columbia, Counties in Florida: Collier County, Lake County, Lee County, Orange County Show all

Location of residency: United States

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About this funder:



O'Neill Foundation Grant

The William J. and Dorothy K. O'Neill Foundation is a private, family foundation whose vision is for strong communities where all families thrive and where their children reach their full potential. We realize our mission through partnerships with organizations who serve families in communities where O'Neill Family members live, work and raise their families.

The O'Neill family is involved in all steps of the grantmaking process, and members have a wealth of knowledge about their communities. This expertise is vital to all our grantmaking programs and assures that we have a first-hand understanding of the places where we work. 

Types of Grants

Through our Responsive Grantmaking Program, support is available for whole-family approaches through:

Capacity Building Grants

Capacity Building Grants provide support for internal infrastructure and outside expertise to build impactful, efficient, and effective programs and services. Supported areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Strategic or communications planning
  • Board development or succession planning
  • Development & fundraising planning
  • Network and IT planning & implementation
  • Fundraising consulting
  • Consultant expenses

Program Grants

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

General Operating Grants provide support for the day-to-day costs of running an organization. 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 of application.

Geographic Priorities

  • Washington, D.C.: limited to DC proper
  • Florida: Greater Orlando
  • Hawaii: Big Island
  • New York City: Brooklyn, The Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island
  • Maryland: Baltimore City, Annapolis, Anne Arundel County
  • Ohio: Cleveland, Cuyahoga County
  • Texas: Houston
  • Vermont: Dorset, Rupert, Manchester, Pawlet

NOTE: We are no longer funding in the following communities: Columbus or Licking County (OH), Richmond (VA), Naples or Bonita Springs (FL), or Austin (TX).

Populations of Interest

  • Low-income families
  • Intergenerational families
  • Families with mental health needs
  • Families with at-risk youth
  • Families with specific disabilities

Program Areas

  • Health and wellness
  • Focusing on access to high-quality and culturally competent and preventive services
  • Mental health and wellness
  • Protective factors found in strong families*
  • Employment and self sufficiency
  • Education
  • Arts and culture
  • Safe, affordable housing
  • Economic development and entrepreneurship
  • Environmental sustainability 

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


  • The Foundation accepts Letters of Inquiry (LOI) from tax exempt organizations under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, government entities and religious organizations. 
  • To be considered for funding, an organization's operations must serve communities where O'Neill family members who are active in the work of the Foundation reside.
    • Any changes to these communities will be indicated on the Foundation's home page annually.
  •  Funding requests to the O’Neill Foundation must be family-focused.
    • Requests must address how families will participate and benefit from the program supported by the request.
    • Strong family outcomes must be an essential element of the request.


  • We do not make grants to private foundations.
  • Grant Limitations:
    • Debt retirement
    • Costs already encumbered or to be reimbursed
    • Lobbying and political activities
    • Capital campaigns/improvements
    • Evangelical work by religious organizations
    • Individuals
    • Scholarships for individuals
    • Fundraising drives/events
    • Endowment funds
  • Capacity Building grants cannot be used for expansion of program capacity, staff salaries or indirect/overhead costs.