We take great pride in partnering with our grantees. As such, to qualify for a grant from The Gibney Family Foundation, organizations must have a family grant sponsor and be invited to submit a proposal for consideration. To enhance our understanding of your mission and the goals you hope to achieve, we will utilize conference calls, site visits, and other information-gathering tools during and after the proposal development process.
Applications must be submitted in final form to TGFF by the quarter deadline date. (See Grant Timeline below)
Currently, we have four different initiatives to facilitate our giving strategies. Determine with your family grant sponsor which fits best with your organization and goals to be accomplished:
- Mini Grant Application: Mini grants are often used for a first-time grant as we are getting to know an organization, or to support an organization where this type of funding better fits in their financial picture. Mini Grants funding requests are limited to $5,000.
- TGFF regular application: Use this application for requests exceeding $5,000. It is more comprehensive and will require the organization to report on its outcomes after the completion of the project.
- NextGen Invitation: Organizations that have been contacted and invited to apply for a Next Gen Initiative Grant should follow grant application instructions as outlined in the email invitation. Next Gen projects may follow a slightly different timeline and application process.
Below is a list of items outside of TGFF guidelines:
- Proposals that are not invited and sponsored by a TGFF grant sponsor
- Organizations that do not focus on individuals who are challenged
- Research projects
- Organizations with a direct connection to a political or government group or a specific religious denomination
NOTE: TGFF grant sponsors cannot individually bind The Gibney Family Foundation to any action, agreement, donation, or grant. The only commitments to be honored by TGFF will be in the form of Grant Contracts or donations resulting from the Board of Directors’ collective deliberation and vote to support the requests received. Additionally, TGFF reserves the right to grant, deny or alter funding at its sole discretion.
- We are looking for proposals that outline effective ways to achieve inspiring, sustainable outcomes, align with our mission, and invest in furthering the independence of others.
- Prospective grantees’ willingness to leverage requested TGFF funding in ways that will attract additional sustaining funding will be given the highest priority. Encouraging partnerships necessary to increase sustainability and effectiveness will positively influence the grant making process.
- Multi-phase funding may be considered to achieve long-term outcomes and sustainability of your project.
- Grants will be awarded to those organizations that have, in the Board’s opinion, the best potential of accomplishing The Gibney Family Foundation Mission.
- Prior to determining your proposal, grant sponsors and/or TGFF’s grant team may contact you for clarification or questions pertaining to the proposal. Requesting revisions to your application is common and gives you chance to present the best proposal possible.
- Organizations with approved proposals will receive an official TGFF acceptance letter via email. Attached will be a grant contract that needs to be signed and returned to TGFF. Shortly thereafter, the grant funds will be released.
- In some cases, final determination to award a grant will be contingent upon meeting the matching or challenge component of the proposal.
Our Grant Report (DOCX) allows our grantees to communicate their progress and success stories in an engaging and exciting way through a short video and narrative.
We request the Grant Report to be submitted after the project is completed, but no later than one year after the Quarterly deadline for your grant. For instance, if you submitted a proposal for the second quarter, the report will be due one year later on April 1st (see Grant Timeline).
Reports will be required prior to awarding any subsequent proposal or follow-on funding.
Download the report here (DOCX).