Gray Foundation Grant

Thomas J & Marjorie S Gray Foundation

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Grant amount: US $5,000 - US $40,000

Next anticipated deadline: Dec 31, 2019

Later anticipated deadlines: Jun 30, 2020

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program, Education / Outreach

Location of project: Ohio

Location of residency: United States

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About this funder:

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Overview:

Background

The Foundation was established to carry on Thomas Gray's mission to support the youth of today as they build character, leadership skills, and seek the education they need to achieve their goals. The family has chosen to fulfill the vision and to carry forward with his life’s work.

The Foundation is a grant-making organization. We do not operate youth programs, but we look to provide support to qualified non-profit organizations that do. We typically do not provide general operating gifts or capital purchase funding, but may help with that as a part of a project.

We are primarily interested in funding projects or programs that provide direct benefit to youth (typically from pre-teen through teenage years). We are very interested in helping start new programs, create full programs where a pilot or test project has proven them viable, or expanding existing programs to reach more kids.

Categories of Awards

Note: these are general categories and not specific program areas. All proposals are considered equally. The award ranges are also only guidelines - proposals may be of any size.

Inspire Awards 

These awards are given in support of programs or projects that provide opportunities to inspire young people to build strong character, leadership potential, and interest in a field to give them focus and personal goals.

These are typically awarded to groups or programs defined by organizations that serve youth, such as schools, clubs, civic groups, etc.

The served population is generally generic (eg: all teenagers in a specific county, all junior high school students, etc.). 

The primary criteria for these awards are focused on the experience of the organization in helping develop youth character and its ability to successfully complete similar programs. 

Examples of awards in this category may include, but are not limited to:

  • school programs to expose students to new types of learning experiences and
  • civic groups or organizations giving youth alternative activities. 

Awards may typically be in the range of $5k to $30k+ per year and may be renewable if appropriate results are achieved. (Could be more if warranted, ask for what you need.)

Encourage Awards

These awards are given in support of programs or projects that give youth experience and encourage them to continue the development of personal character and develop leadership skills.

These awards are typically evaluated on both the track record of the organization making the application and the education and character of the youth participating in the program.

The population is generally known and is somehow segmented (eg: all advanced placement students, or all Scouts who have been elected to leadership positions).

Examples of awards in this category may include, but are not limited to,

  • programming to challenge youth to achieve greater goals and
  • team-based activities to create leadership opportunities.

Awards may typically be in the range of $10k to $30k+ per year and may be renewable if appropriate results are achieved. (Could be more if warranted, ask for what you need.)

Enable Awards

These awards are given in support of programs or projects that enable youth who have demonstrated strong personal character, leadership skills, and clear personal goals and gives them support in preparing for their future careers.

These awards are typically evaluated on the ability of the organization to complete the proposed activity and the qualifications of the youth participating in their programs. 

The population served is very well known (eg: all Eagle Scouts, all National Honor Society recipients, etc.). 

Examples of awards in this category may include, but are not limited to:

  • Scholarships,
  • projects driven by youth as leaders and
  • “gifted and talented” programs. 

Awards may typically be in the range of $10k to $40k+ and are for one year. As these awards are often in part evaluated on the basis of the youth in the program, they are not renewable but the applications may be repeated in subsequent years. (Could be more if warranted, ask for what you need.)

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

Eligibility:

  • Eligible organizations are those approved as Tax-Exempt under IRS Section 501(c)(3).
  • An organization may submit multiple applications at once, but they will be reviewed independently – each has to stand on its own.
  • Just keep in mind that we typically fund projects or programs.

Ineligibility:

  • No Grants or gifts will be given to individuals.
    • It is anticipated that in the future programs may be developed that will provide grants to individuals, but not for the foreseeable future.
  • We don’t do “brick-and-mortar” projects, but if there is a capital improvement component to your project that is a bigger effort then that’s OK.
    • For example, if you’re going to be launching a new program but need to repair some walls and paint the room where it will be performed that’s probably OK. But a Grant Application to rehabilitate or build facilities is not likely to be supported.
  • We typically do not provide general “overhead” support for an organization.
    • However, if part of your resources would otherwise be “administrative” doesn’t mean we won’t support them.
    • For example, if an administrator will lead a new program as the program manager their support for their effort on the project/program is eligible.
    • But not if it’s “10% overhead for general administrative oversight”, and not if it’s a general request for your general operating fund.