Dunham Fund Grants

At the Dunham Fund, we strive to honor John C. Dunham’s vision for building a healthy, thriving community with our grant-making. Through these efforts, we support projects and programs that measurably and permanently impact the Dunaham Fund service area by supporting programs and projects in the areas of education and community development, and capital projects.

Preference is given to grant applicant organizations located in the Dunham Fund service area. Grant applicants outside the service area may also be considered if the project can demonstrate significant impact within the Dunham Fund's service area.

Proposed programs and projects should address a documented need and be innovative, collaborative, and potentially self-sustaining. They should be purposefully designed to effect positive change through close alignment with the missions of the grant seeking organization and the Dunham Fund. Those requests that closely adhere to these grant-making goals and to the grant guidelines and application procedures are most likely to be considered for funding.

Updated Online Grant Process

In order to help streamline our application and review process, the Dunham Fund is introducing several important additions to our grant application process. Please download and review the 2019 Grant Application Guidelines (PDF) prior to proceeding with the online process. Watch our Dunham Fund Application Tutorial video that provides directions on how to create an account and begin the application process.

Please note that all grant applications must be submitted by November 1st of that year.

Requests that exceed $50,000

We accept Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) with online submission deadlines of February 1st (Cycle 1) and June 1st (Cycle 2).

Grant 1

Step 1: Assess Eligibility and Fit

Organizations seeking Dunham Fund support must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code or have a fiscal sponsor that has a 501(c)(3) status.
  • Engage in work that aligns with the Dunham Fund’s mission and priority areas.
  • Provide services in the Dunham Fund service area. See map here.

Step 2: Letter of Inquiry (LOI)

If an organization’s request is more than $50,000, a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) is required to be considered by the Board of Advisors to submit a full proposal. Sign into the Dunham Fund’s online portal to complete the LOI application. LOIs with online submission deadlines of February 1st (Cycle 1) and June 1st (Cycle 2). LOIs will be reviewed by the Dunham Fund’s Board of Advisors.

Step 3: Grant Proposal

Following the LOI submission, organizations will be notified if they have been invited to submit a full proposal. Directions for submitting the full proposal will be sent in the proposal invitation. Regardless of the outcome for all grants that exceed $50,000, all applicants will receive notification regarding the status of their request by June 15th (Cycle 1) or November 15th (Cycle 2).

Step 4: Grant Awarded

If your grant is approved by the Dunham Fund’s Board of Advisors, you will be notified by the Program Director and receive an award letter and grant agreement. This grant agreement must be signed prior to receiving the awarded funds.

Step 5: Grant Report

At the conclusion of the grant, funded organizations will be expected to submit a financial and program report. Specific information regarding reporting requirements will be outlined through the submission process and in the grant agreements.

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Requests that are $50,000 or less

We accept grant requests through online submissions at any time during the calendar year. Please note that letters and emails sent directly to the Dunham Fund requesting support for programming or sponsorships will no longer be accepted.

Grant 2

Step 1: Assess Eligibility and Fit

Organizations seeking Dunham Fund support must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code or have a fiscal sponsor that has a 501(c)(3) status.
  • Engage in work that aligns with the Dunham Fund’s mission and priority areas.
  • Provide services in the Dunham Fund service area. See map here.

Step 2: Grant Proposal

If an organization’s request is $50,000 or less, an application may be submitted through Applications are reviewed by the Board of Advisors and organizations will be notified of the status of their request within 30 days of submission date.

Step 3: Grant Awarded

If your grant is approved by the Dunham Fund’s Board of Advisors, you will be notified by the Program Director and receive an award letter and grant agreement. This grant agreement must be signed prior to receiving the awarded funds.

Step 4: Grant Report

At the conclusion of the grant, funded organizations will be expected to submit a financial and program report. Specific information regarding reporting requirements will be outlined through the submission process and in the grant agreements.

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We look forward to learning more about your organization and your work to impact our community. Please contact Lindsay Cochrane, Program Director, with any questions at info@dunhamfund.org.