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We welcome grant proposals that fit our fields of interest. Our guidelines and applications procedures follow below.

Review Process and Deadlines
  • Our Directors generally meet in April and October of every year. To allow time for review, deadlines for submissions are:
    • February 28
    • August 31
  • Proposals should be received at our office by the deadline date. If a deadline falls on a weekend, the application should be received the previous Friday
  • We will briefly acknowledge your proposal upon receipt
  • We will ask for more information from you if we need it
  • All proposals must be reviewed by EiF's entire Board of Directors
  • Decisions on applications will generally be forwarded within two weeks following board meetings

What to Do
  • Send us a full proposal via mail (online applications are not accepted at this point) with a cover letter on your organization's letterhead that clearly communicates the mailing address and email address for your contact person. Click here for our mailing address. No fixed format is required. Describe your program and why we should fund it. Suggested proposal length is three (3) pages, but this is not a requirement.
  • Add supporting information:
    • Detailed budget
    • Program goals and objectives
    • Statement of work tasks to be accomplished, with timeline
    • Staff qualifications
    • Information about the organization and evidence of tax status. List of directors/key personnel, financial statements, and sources of support. For non-U.S. institutions please include: an affidavit of equivalency, and/or name of intermediary organization.
  • No overhead is allowed.

Criteria for Selection
  • Proposals should begin with a problem statement and make a case for why this problem is significant and why the approach recommended is the best one to solve it.
  • Grants are awarded based on a good fit with EiF's fields of interest and budgetary considerations. We tend to support smaller projects.
  • Proposals will be judged on:
    • Overall quality of the project, including its chances to be successfully implemented
    • Potential to contribute to what is known about furthering the goals of the program area
    • Potential for continuing past the funding period
    • Reach of the project - how many students will be involved?
    • Cost effectiveness - what is the cost per student compared to other projects?
    • How will the project leverage previous work and what is the unique contribution?

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