Frequently Asked Questions

Is there an application form?

Yes. Grant seekers must use our on-line application system for all requests.

Do you have a deadline for applications?

The Foundation accepts and processes applications on an ongoing basis throughout the year. There is no set due date.

How long does it take for the Foundation to make a decision?

The time can vary widely based upon a number of factors. Often, the process will involve discussion and revisions to your application as you work with the Foundation staff. Your proposal will go to the Board of Directors for review and the board may request revisions or additional information. Generally the process will take from a couple months to several months.

Does the Foundation give general operating support and/or capital support?

Within our funding focus areas, we provide support for virtually any area of an organization’s programs, services, or operations.  But please note that any proposal must have specific objectives and estimated timelines.

Can overhead or administrative costs be included in the budget?

Yes, if they are reasonable and can be determined based on actual costs related to the successful implementation of a project or program.

Does the Foundation require a partnership or collaboration for a proposal?

Collaborations are not required to apply. However, we expect the applicant agency to know and understand its market or service area, including the need within the area, what other services are being provided by other organizations, and how they are similar or different from what is being proposed, and to address why collaboration does not make sense within a given proposal.

Should I wait to apply to other foundations or corporations until I get a response from TCGF?

We strongly encourage you not to wait, and to pursue other sources of funding vigorously. We are always keenly interested in joining with other funding sources on activities of interest, and we will ask you to describe in your proposal what other sources are available and have been approached. Should more than one source of funding approve your request, we can easily work out whatever adjustments need to be made.

Can I call the Foundation with questions?

Yes. We encourage you to call the Foundation at any stage to talk with the president, Catherine Gura.