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Frequently Asked Questions

General Grantmaking Questions

Does the Foundation have particular funding areas?

Yes, guided by our charter, the Foundation has established several Core Funding Areas.

Does the Foundation have formal funding deadlines?

Yes, the Foundation has two annual grantmaking cycles.  Each cycle welcomes the submission and review of an Online Funding Inquiry (OFI) and Full Proposal according to our grantmaking calendar.

Does the Foundation fund non-U.S. organizations?

 Yes.

Does the Foundation fund individuals?

Yes. However, individuals often find it more convenient to administer a grant through their organization, or are required to do so by their employer. 

Does the Foundation provide challenge grants?

Typically no. The Foundation generally funds specific projects and favors proposals where the applicant has sought or secured partial funding from other sources.

Does the Foundation fund buildings, renovations, or capital campaigns; direct-service programs; scholarships for college or graduate school; general operating support for organizations; or disaster relief?

 Generally the Foundation does not provide grants for any of these forms of support.

 

How many grants does the Foundation fund each year and what is the average size of the Foundation’s grants?

In 2012, the Foundation approved 178 new grants with an average size of $970,000. In 2013, the Foundation again approved 178 new grants with an average size of $886,000. Individual grants vary greatly in amount. Our smallest active grant is about $30,000 and our largest is just over $10 million.

What is the typical duration of the Foundation’s grants?

The grant duration is often up to three years. In rare instances the Foundation may support a project for up to five years. The Foundation will not fund any project for more than five years.

Should I contact or visit the Foundation to discuss my project idea?

No, you should submit an Online Funding Inquiry (OFI). Visits to the Foundation are rarely necessary and only by our request.

Funding Timeline

We are not currently accepting Online Funding Inquiries for our Core Funding Areas.

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External Grant Competitions

Templeton Science of Prospection Research Awards

Templeton Report