O'Neill Foundation Responsive Grantmaking

William J. & Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation

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

Next deadline: Sep 10, 2018 (Letter of inquiry)

Later deadlines: Mar 5, 2019 (Letter of inquiry)

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

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

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

Location of residency: United States

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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. 

Our grantmaking process is a true partnership with our colleagues in the non-profit sector. We pride ourselves on working both closely and transparently with organizations through all phases of our proposal process.

The Foundation has three Responsive Grantmaking funding areas:

  • Capacity building  —support for improving the internal infrastructure of the organization (i.e. strategic planning, IT hardware & software, board development, fundraising consulting)
  • General operations - available to organizations with an annual operating budget of $2 million or less. These grants help cover day-to-day costs like staff, rent and utilities.
  • Special projects - can be new or expanded programs, services and interventions

Geographic Priorities

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

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

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