Applications must include the following
- Mission Statement
- A full description of the program(s) to be funded, including the number of youths you
plan to serve, as well as their ages.
- The amount of funds being requested. Grants range from $4,000 to $10,000. In
exceptional circumstances, the Board will consider grants in excess of $10,000.
- Submit a complete budget for the program described, including income (i.e. Earned
Income, Contributions, Grants, Fundraising, etc.) and Expenses (i.e. Supplies, Personnel,
Food, Utilities, Rental, Scholarships, etc.).
- Include your organization’s general operating budget.
- Copy of your current 501(c)(3) determination letter from the IRS stating that your organization is classified as a public charity under Section 509(a)(1) or Section 509 (a)(2).
- A statement from your organization certifying that the tax-exempt status, as outlined
in your determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service, still accurately describes
the tax-exempt status of your organization.
- Current list of your board of trustees with occupations included. Evidence of active board leadership is encouraged.
The SFF accepts applications once a year. Our next deadline is May 5, 2017. Grantee awards by the Board of Directors will be made at the annual June board meeting. Award notifications will immediately follow.
The SFF prefers to initiate site visits, if needed, and generally discourages pre-application meetings. Proposals are screened and evaluated upon receipt. Organizations are notified promptly as to the status of each proposal. Those that are considered inappropriate under the guidelines are declined on a rolling basis.
Evaluations from current grantees (2016) are due by March 31, 2017 11:59pm
TERMS AND CONDITIONS of
Grants awarded by the Sheila Fortune Foundation.
Terms: These are non-recurring grants. The awarding of
these grants does not constitute any obligation on the part of the
Sheila Fortune Foundation (the Foundation) to make subsequent
grants, nor does it preclude additional grants in the future.
Conditions: These grants are awarded based on the quality of the programs
already in place, and an understanding that grant money would go as
directly as possible to benefit the children in the programs. It is
not the intention of the Foundation to add burdensome overhead by
making conditions. However, after receiving a grant, the Foundation
will request that the grantee assist us by providing us with reports
on the intended use of the money and on the outcome.
These reports can be informal, but need to
include the following:
As a quantitative measure, a
discussion of the number and ages of children served, frequency of their
attendance at rehearsals, performances, workshops, etc., continuity,
and possible scholarship requests or awards.
B: As a qualitative measure, you may address
artist/instructor anecdotes or journal notes on the progress of
children, as well as anecdotal reports from the children themselves, or from
their parents and others.
C: Include a final project budget that includes all income and
expenses. If the project is part of a larger organization, include general operating budget as well.
D: As a measure of the children's developmental progress, discuss their self-definition, self-discipline, creative expression, positive social interactions with peers and adults, competence and achievements, and meaningful participation.
Report deadlines will be issued along with grant awards.