New Grant Request Deadlines are March 1 and September 1.


In each grant cycle, there are about 75 requests.

There are typically $2.5 of request for every $1 we have to grant. So, unfortunately, our grant decisions are a competitive process. We are seeking and prefer requests with ambitious outcomes, a thoughtful and rigorous plan, and the organizational capacity to deliver it (financial, leadership, experience, and more). The track record of the organization and its leadership with Longwood is an important factor in our decision making process.

The ideas and inquiries below are the questions which frequently come up when we are discussing a grant request with an applicant. They do not necessarily encompass all of our questions, but represent some important ones. Please do not attempt to answer each one explicitly in your request. Consider these to be thought starters, not a check list you need to address one by one. Be prepared to answer many of the questions when we sit down with you to discuss your request.

1.What must we provide to apply for a grant?
At Least:
  • Background information about your organization including your mission, years in existence, population you serve, etc
  • Board of Director list
  • 501C3 IRS letter
  • Description of current project including cost breakdowns
  • Measurable outcomes you expect to achieve with the project over the life of the grant and how these outcomes address your mission
  • Latest audit or report of your financial health
2. How often may we apply?
No sooner than two years from your last grant request, whether you were funded or not
3. Do you fund programs and operating as well as capital projects?
4. How often should we send a progress report?
At least annually. If the project completes in under a year, send a final report. For longer projects send anytime. You will receive an email 18 months after funding that contains a link to your account so that you can upload a report.
5. Is there a special format for progress reports?
No. Just upload whatever you feel is relevant. However, speak to the outcomes that were agreed to when you were funded.
6. When do you make grant decisions?
In November and May. You will receive a call after the trustee meeting to give you an update whether or not you were funded.
7. How many grant requests do you receive each cycle?
Normally 60-80 and there are two cycles. We receive about $2.50 in requests for every $1 we have to grant.
8. Is there a maximum grant amount we may request?
No. However, keep in mind a few factors. Do you have a past relationship with Longwood? What other support do you have for the project? What is your experience with the type of project you are proposing? How many people will be touched or affected by your project? Do you have the capacity to complete the work? Where will funding come from after Longwood funds are depleted?
9. May we make changes to a request that we have already submitted?
Yes. After you submit, you will have the opportunity to meet with Longwood staff. Often, as a result of that meeting, it is determined that additional info is needed. You will receive a link to upload the additional information.
10. How soon will we receive funds after being advised of our award?
After you are told of the award, you will receive a link to your Grant Agreement. You must print this out, and have it signed by the Executive Director and Board Chair. It contains the particulars of the grant, such as the length of the grant, amount, outcomes agreed to etc. After that is returned, you should have the check within a week or two. Contingency grants are paid when you have reached the challenge agreed to.
11. If I am taking over responsibility for the grant requests for my nonprofit, how do I get access to previous requests?
Call Longwood to have the account transferred.