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In an effort to focus our impact on longtime grantee partners working within our geographic areas of interest, the F. M. Kirby Foundation is no longer accepting letters of inquiry. Our program team is dedicated to identifying organizations working to strengthen our communities and extending invitations to apply when appropriate.

For Grantees

Grants Process

We are pleased to announce that starting February 12th, 2024, the F. M. Kirby Foundation has transitioned to an online grants application process. This shift aims to streamline our grant application procedures and reduce the administrative burden on our grantee partners.

In our efforts to improve organizational efficiency, we remain committed to fostering flexibility and support for our grantee partners as we collectively transition to this new process. Below, you will find a set of frequently asked questions outlining key details of the online grant application process.

Grantmaking FAQs 

What is the process to apply for a grant?

As part of this transition, grantees will receive direct outreach via email regarding the online application process during the week of February 12, 2023. Moving forward, invitations to apply will be sent out at the beginning of each calendar year.

Where do I go to log into the Grants Portal?

The email you receive from us will contain the link to access the Grants Portal, GivingData and initiate the online grant application process, along with instructions on how to proceed.

Is it possible to preview the questions required for the online grant application?

Yes, once you log in to the Grants Portal, you’ll find a Resource Guide to assist you in navigating the online grant application. Additionally, a WORD version of the application will be available if you prefer to preview the questions beforehand.

My organization was invited to apply but I am having trouble accessing the portal. What should I do?

For any technical questions regarding portal access, please email [email protected]. Your email will be delivered directly to our inbox, and we commit to responding within 24 hours.

Can I submit a grant application via mail or email, including supporting materials?

We recognize that some of our grantee partner organizations may face challenges navigating the portal. As part of our commitment to supporting all applicants, we are prepared to assist organizations on a case-by-case basis.  Please contact us at [email protected], and we will provide the necessary assistance.

Is my organization’s information secure when I apply?

The F. M. Kirby Foundation uses GivingData to accept applications via the internet. GivingData uses SSL to ensure end-to-end security and encryption of all data traveling from the applicant’s browser to the GivingData server.

In addition, we prioritize the protection of your privacy and will not sell or disclose personal information from grant applications to individuals, nonaffiliated companies, or organizations.

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My organization received multi-year support and I need to submit a progress report on that grant. How do I submit this report?

Until further notice, progress reports for multi-year grants can be emailed as an attachment to [email protected].

My organization has received funding from the F. M. Kirby Foundation in the past. How do I know if I am eligible to re-apply?

Invitations to apply will be sent at the beginning of each calendar year. If you are unsure if your organization is eligible to re-apply, please contact your program officer.

Funding Restrictions

  • No grants are made to individuals.
  • No grants are made to public foundations which would, as a result thereof, become private foundations.
  • No loans are made.
  • No grants are made to underwrite fundraising activities such as benefits, dinners, performances, or sporting events.
  • Only one grant is considered per year for invited organizations.