The Bunbury Fund Grant

Princeton Area Community Foundation

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Grant amount: Up to US $150,000

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

Later anticipated deadlines: Mar 8, 2020 3:00pm PDT (Full proposal), Sep 12, 2020 (Letter of inquiry), Sep 27, 2020 2:00pm PDT (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Training / Capacity Building

Location of project: Counties in New Jersey: Burlington County, Hunterdon County, Mercer County, Middlesex County, Somerset County Show all

Location of residency: Counties in New Jersey: Burlington County, Hunterdon County, Mercer County, Middlesex County, Somerset County Show all

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NOTE:  A non-mandatory information session will be held for each cycle of award. Info sessions are on the 'letter of inquiry' deadlines above. 

The Bunbury Fund

The Bunbury Fund (“the Fund”) is a donor advised fund of the Princeton Area Community Foundation, created from the assets of the Bunbury Company, a private grant-making, charitable foundation formed by Dean Mathey in 1952. 

The Fund’s giving is led by a small group of advisors. In 2017, the advisors determined that the Fund’s grant making will be strengthened by focusing its resources strategically within areas we see as pivotal to organizational effectiveness. Broadly stated these areas fall under the heading of capacity building, defined by the National Council of Nonprofits as “….. whatever is needed to bring a nonprofit to the next level of operational, programmatic, financial, or organizational maturity, so it may more effectively and efficiently advance its mission into the future. Capacity building is not a one-time effort to improve short-term effectiveness, but a continuous improvement strategy toward the creation of a sustainable and effective organization.” ** 

We anticipate that our focus will result in a smaller number of larger grants, an intentional partnership with each grantee’s leadership, and improvement in each grantee’s ability to do its best work. 

What We Fund

Capacity-building grants up to $50,000

  • Organizational assessment designed to identify areas in need of strengthening
  • Leadership development and transition planning
  • Financial systems improvements and management
  • Performance and outcomes definition and measurement
  • Technology improvement
  • Communications planning and execution
  • Volunteer recruitment and management
  • Board practice and policy improvements
  • Partnership and merger exploration and/or implementation

Multi-year grants: grants up to $150,000 for up to three years

We will also entertain proposals for multi-year grants focused on developing organizational effectiveness over a period of up to three years (up to $150,000).

Planning Grants: up to $5,000

In unique cases, a planning grant will be considered to help an organization evaluate the resources required to undertake a more comprehensive capacity-building project.

Administrative Overhead

All awarded grants will include an additional 10% for overhead costs. Proposals do not need to include an explanation of such costs.

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


  • An applicant must have tax-exempt status under Section 501 (c) 3 of the Internal Revenue Service Code, be a publicly supported charity under Section 509, and be registered with the State of New Jersey as a charity.
  • Applications will be accepted from organizations that operate within the geographic region covered by the Princeton Area Community Foundation, defined as follows: 
    • All of Mercer County;
    • southern Middlesex County, including Plainsboro and Cranbury;
    • southern Somerset County, including Montgomery, Rocky Hill and adjacent sections of Franklin Township (like the Griggstown area);
    • southern Hunterdon County, including Lambertville, West Amwell Township and the adjacent parts of East Amwell Township;
    • northern Burlington County, including Bordentown and Bordentown Township; and
    • eastern Bucks County, Pennsylvania, including New Hope, Morrisville, Washington Crossing and Yardley.


  • What we do NOT fund:
    • Operating support
    • Building renovations and new facility construction
    • Capital and endowment campaigns and projects
    • Fundraising appeals, events, and sponsorships
    • Scholarships and individual sponsorships
    • Field trips
    • Sports activities
    • Sponsorship of events
    • Lobbying and other political activities
    • Fraternal and religious activities
    • Tax-supported and government-operated basic programs and services, such as core curricular school activities, and essential police and fire services