O'Neill Foundation Responsive Grantmaking

William J. & Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation

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Next anticipated deadline: Mar 9, 2021

Later anticipated deadlines: Jul 31, 2021

Grant amount: Up to US $50,000

Fields of work: Family Services Entrepreneurship Economic Services & Development Wellness & Healthy Living Preventative Healthcare Mental Health & Psychiatric Diseases Education Art & Culture Sustainability Affordable Housing Employment Services Show all

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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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.

Responsive Grantmaking

Responsive Grantmaking has traditionally been the Foundation’s largest grantmaking program. Through two competitive grantmaking cycles per year, nonprofits with family-centered programming are supported.

In 2017, we conducted a year-long review to identify opportunities for even greater impact. Informed by these learnings and our experiences, we will continue the Responsive Grantmaking program, albeit with a more defined focus on strengthening families in the areas of Health & Well-Being, Educational Success, and Homelessness.

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

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.

Grant Focus Area 

  • Health & Well-Being,
  • Educational Success, and
  • Homelessness

Types of Grants  

  • General Operating

Grant Size

Organizations may request no more than 10% of their total operating budget (up to $50,000)

Geographic Focus 

MD, OH, DC, & NY: The Foundation will only accept proposals from past grantees* in Anne Arundel County and Baltimore City, MD; Cuyahoga County, OH; Washington, DC (proper); and New York City, NY.

HI, TX, FL, & VT: The Foundation will accept proposals from new applicants and past grantees* in the Big Island, HI; Harris, Montgomery and Waller counties; TX; Greater Orlando, FL; and Bennington and Rutland counties, VT. 

*A past grantee is defined as an organization that has received a Responsive grant dating back to 2013, the year the Foundation shifted its funding priority to strengthening families.

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


  • Applicants must be either a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization or sponsored by an eligible fiscal agent.
  • Past grantees will be eligible to reapply once both:
    • a final report is submitted; AND
    • the previous grant term is closed.


  • Grant Focus
    • Family-Focused: Applicants must serve families, with preference given to applications with whole-family approaches.


  • 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.


This page was last reviewed March 06, 2020 and last updated March 06, 2020