How to Apply
The Foundation accepts and processes applications for grants throughout the year with no fixed deadlines.
To better understand the Foundation’s funding priorities and interests, please see the Guideline and FAQ sections of the web site. If, after reviewing this information you believe the Foundation’s funding priorities and interests are compatible with your organization’s needs, you should address a brief letter of inquiry to the Douglas Foundation.
This letter should include: brief descriptions of your organization and the project for which funding is sought; the total cost of the project, as well as sub-totals for both direct project and administrative costs; and the amount requested. A copy of the Internal Revenue Service letter of determination granting your organization 501(c)(3) status should also be included. Supporting data may accompany the letter of inquiry, which must be submitted through the U.S. Mail to: The Douglas Foundation, P.O. Box 50709, Santa Barbara, California 93150.
If the Foundation determines that the project meets its priorities and interests, the applicant will be provided with the forms required for a formal application.
The availability of grant funds allows only a limited number of favorable responses to grant requests. The Foundation’s lack of approval for any funding request should not be considered an indication of lack of appreciation for the merit and worthiness of either the proposal or the organization seeking support.
The Foundation may, at its sole discretion, initiate meetings to discuss letters of inquiry or formal applications, or to schedule site visits. Communication with Foundation Trustees is discouraged outside of these formal channels. A letter of inquiry is the preferred means of initial contact for specific proposals. General inquiries to the Foundation are always welcome.