Information for Grantseekers

The Davison Bruce Foundation is a private family foundation that seeks to improve the quality of life within our service areas by supporting programs that:
(1) focus on health and wellness for the disadvantaged and those affected by disease;
(2) teach life skills training and offer sustainable rehabilitation and transition for the needy; and
(3) empower and provide economic assistance for individuals and communities in crisis.

We pursue our mission by responding to community needs and supporting programs that build capacity and embrace the need for systemic change. We typically make grants to community-centric organizations with Christian leadership. Grantmaking is generally place based and limited to organizations operating in areas Where We Work. We occasionally consider grants for Christian programs and organizations that are U.S. domiciled but operate internationally or are otherwise outside of our service areas; however, these grants are extremely limited.

Our church specific grants are limited to applicants that have a personal connection with the Davison Bruce Foundation. These grants are usually project based or for church planting/startup, are limited in duration, and are not intended for general operating expenses.

Steps to Apply for Funding: (Click on blue bars below for information)

STEP 1: Understand Process, Deadlines, and Restrictions
Make Sure You Are A Good Candidate For DBF Funding
  • Please take time to review Our Mission, taking note of our Funding Priorities and Where We Work on the map provided.
  • We are interested in capacity building grants that foster Christian values and include support for efforts to increase organizational effectiveness as well as programs and projects that provide direct services to people in need.


Types of Support Available – Overview
  • Program and Project Support: Provides financial assistance for new projects or programs or the expansion of existing projects or programs of grantees. Funding may be awarded for a mix of general purpose and project/program support to help grantees meet core costs and pilot new projects/programs.
  • General Purpose Grants: Provides financial assistance for the full range of the grantee’s activities. General purpose grants are designed to help grantees meet operating costs and grantees determine how the funds will be used within the parameters set forth in the LOI Form and Grant Application Form Package.
  • Capital Improvement Grants: Provides financial assistance for construction/renovation projects or for equipment purchases. To apply for a capital improvement grant, you must submit budget information for the project in addition to your organizational budget. We may request other information or documentation to permit the Davison Bruce Foundation to fully evaluate your proposal.
  • Multi-Year Grants (Limited Availability – Up to Three Years Only): Detailed budgets for the entire multi-year grant period must be submitted for specific projects or programs. Budget information should be presented for each year of the project or program and updated annually prior to the release of grant funds. Importantly, budget revisions are permitted and should be discussed with foundation staff. Year end post grant reports will be required before additional payments may be made supporting a multi-year grant.
  • Matching Grants: The Davison Bruce Foundation encourages its grantees to seek matching gifts as a way to diversify the grantee organization’s funding sources. Generally, the grantee is required to match Davison Bruce Foundation funds at a fixed rate to be determined and set forth in the grant agreement. Matching funds may not be fulfilled by pledges and payment by the Davison Bruce Foundation is generally contingent upon the grantee submitting verification in writing of the source, dates and amounts of the matching contributions. We encourage our grantseekers to discuss their plans with us prior to requesting and/or establishing a matching grant program request.
  • Challenge or Lead Grants: The Davison Bruce Foundation encourages its grantees to consider challenge or lead grants in their respective communities to raise awareness regarding their work and accelerate their fundraising to a named, specific goal. We encourage our grantseekers to discuss their plans with us prior to requesting and/or establishing a challenge or lead grant program request.


What We Do Not Fund
  • No grants for organizations that do not have 501(c)(3) status
  • No grants or loans to individuals
  • No grants for medical or other research
  • No grants for endowments
  • Limited grants for scholarship assistance
  • No grants for political campaigns, lobbying activities or voter registration drives


Process and Deadlines
  • If you received a grant last year, complete Post Grant Report by January 31
  • Complete Letter of Inquiry (LOI) by February 15
  • Receive LOI response by end of February
  • If invited to apply, complete Grant Application by April 1
  • We may contact you between April and June for a phone interview and/or a site visit
  • You will receive Grant Request responses by the end of July
  • Grant Funds are released by Mid August


Still have questions or concerns?
  • Someone will be more than happy to speak with you. You may contact us at any time via email or through the red Contact Us button at the bottom of this page.
STEP 2: Solicit Invitation to Apply Deadline: February 15

The Davison Bruce Foundation’s grantmaking process is by invitation only and begins with a Letter of Inquiry (LOI). Your LOI Form should describe the purpose and objectives of the program, project, or services provided, the amount of funding you are seeking and provide brief, basic budget information. Letters of Inquiry are a yearly prerequisite to being invited to submit a grant application. Our LOI Form deadline is February 15th.


Complete and submit your LOI online via the link below. You will receive an automated email confirmation that your form was successfully submitted along with a copy of your LOI form. If you do not receive the automated email confirmation, please contact us.

All LOI submissions will receive notification of our decision via a personal email from our Executive Director by the end of February. Invitations to apply will be accompanied with necessary passwords and instructions to complete our formal application, which has a submission deadline of April 1st.

COMPLETE LOI FORM HERE

If you have additional information such as budgets, pictures, or extended answers to form questions, you may submit those files electronically using the “PROVIDE SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION” button near the bottom of this Info For Grantseekers page. You will receive an automated email confirmation that your file(s) were successfully submitted. If you do not receive the automated email confirmation, please contact us.

PDF or paper LOI Forms are available upon request via the Contact Us button at bottom of this page.

STEP 3: Complete Grant Application Form (By Invitation Only). Deadline: April 1

If you have received an invitation to apply, please submit your Grant Application before April 1st.

Please note that April 1st is a firm deadline for all grant applications.

The Davison Bruce Foundation is committed to grantmaking that affects needed change and adds value to the communities we serve. If you have been invited to complete a Grant Application Form Package, please follow the instructions in the link below.

Note: If you have completed an LOI and have not received a response by February 28, please contact us.

All of our applications are carefully reviewed by Committee, and we may contact you to follow up with questions. You should receive notification of our decision via a personal email from our Executive Director by the end of July. Grant funds are usually released by mid August.

During this process, if you have questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

COMPLETE GRANT APPLICATION FORM HERE

If you have additional information such as budgets, pictures, or extended answers to form questions, you may submit those files electronically using the “PROVIDE SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION” button near the bottom of this Info For Grantseekers page. You will receive an automated email confirmation that your file(s) were successfully submitted. If you do not receive the automated email confirmation, please contact us.

PDF or paper LOI Forms are available upon request via the Contact Us button at bottom of this page.

STEP 4: Understand Your Responsibilities as a Grantee / Complete Post Grant Report. Deadline: January 31
Grant funds must be used pursuant to the purpose outlined in your grant application. Any reallocation of purpose must be pre-approved by the Davison Bruce Foundation.

Post Grant Report: A Post Grant Report Form is required to be completed on or before January 31st of the following year in which the grant was received. Post grant reports must be received by this deadline for the grantee to be eligible to re-apply for funding during the next grant cycle. The post grant review process is designed to verify the implementation of the grant-funded project, program or services supported and help us understand the success and impact of the grants we support. We are interested in the challenges your organization faced implementing the grant funded project, program or services provided, what your organization learned from the experience and if there are other ways in which the Davison Bruce Foundation might be of assistance to you and your organization.

COMPLETE POST GRANT REPORT FORM HERE

The Davison Bruce Foundation was pleased to extend a grant to your organization last year, and we hope you have reached or exceeded your goals! Our Post Grant Report Form is not available now but should be live by December 1st. Please feel free to contact us anytime with updates or questions (see the red buttons at the bottom of the Info For Grantseekers Page labeled Provide Supplemental Information or Contact Us). We look forward to hearing from you!

Please keep in touch even after you have submitted your Post Grant Report! We love to receive pictures or updates, and we may even post your organization on our blog News and Events page. You can submit files electronically anytime using the “PROVIDE SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION” button near the bottom of this Info For Grantseekers page.

The Davison Bruce Foundation believes that it is best practice to make an impact and cultivate meaningful relationships with our grantee organizations; however, we strive to guard against repetitive funding that may create a culture of dependency or otherwise become detrimental. As a result, the Davison Bruce Foundation may require repeat grant recipients to abstain from the grant application process for one year before re-applying. We are available to discuss the possible effects on your organization and ways that we can help you be proactive in your fundraising efforts so that you can be prepared should this occur.

If you have any questions regarding our grantmaking process or the Davison Bruce Foundation, please contact us. We would be happy to discuss the possibility of a matching or lead grant with you and your organization. We want to hear how things are going and what your challenges are.

Finally, we want to thank you for your interest in our foundation and all of the good work you and your organization are doing!

PROVIDE SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION

Supplemental Information: If you have additional information such as budgets or pictures, you may submit those files electronically using the red button below. You will receive an automated email confirmation that your file(s) were successfully submitted. If you do not receive the automated email confirmation, please contact us.

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