What are the deadlines for applying? 

We have two deadlines. May 31st is our “Priority” deadline. Grants submitted during this period will be given priority over grants submitted from June 1st to September 30th. 

How long is the grant approval process? 

The entire application and approval process typically takes 3-6 months to complete depending on the complexity of the project being reviewed. As noted above, grant applications submitted prior to May 31st will be given priority.

Should we contact you prior to submitting an application? 

It is not necessary to contact us prior to submitting a grant application. However, if you have questions or want initial feedback on your proposed request feel free to email or call us to discuss.

How soon will I hear from you after I apply? 

We will send an email confirmation within 5 days of receipt of the request.

What happens after I submit my request? 

Each request is reviewed by our Grant Review Committee to determine if it meets our mission and guidelines and falls into one of our focus areas. If we have questions regarding your submission, we will call you to discuss them. If your application meets our initial criteria, we will schedule a site visit with you to learn more about your organization and to assess your ability to successfully implement your project. See our procedure for more details on the approval process.

What is an appropriate request amount? 

The amount that you request should be sufficient to complete the entire project and reap the expected results. You should also be able to explain whether or not the project will be self-supporting once all grant funds have been used.

Is there a maximum grant size? 

Our grants are typically a maximum of $250,000 however, projects spanning several years may be larger. In the past, our grants have ranged from $5,000 to $1,000,000.

Do you make multi-year pledges? 

Yes, the foundation will consider multi-year commitments to a project, with quarterly review to determine continued support.

If a request is approved, how soon before we can receive funding? 

This will depend on the grant request and the amount.  For most grants, funding will be made within 15 days of the grant agreement being approved by both the foundation and the requesting organization.

Does the Gawlicki Family Foundation offer matching or challenge grants? 

Yes, the Gawlicki Family Foundation recognizes matching and challenge grants as effective tools for leveraging additional financial support for certain projects.  Grant proposals are usually given a specific timeframe for securing the matching funds.  The foundation will not release the matching funds until provided proof that the funds have been matched. 

Do you accept grant requests from organizations outside of the Northeast? 

No, we do not accept requests from organizations outside of the Northeast.

Do you accept grant requests for operating funds? 

Our priority is on projects that will allow our grantees to take a giant step forward in achieving their mission, so we typically do not award operating fund grants.