Grantmaking Guidelines


U.S. 501(c)3 Organizations:

  • Grants are made only to U.S. non-profit organizations certified as tax exempt under sections 501(c)3 or 170(c) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code and located in the United States.

Fiscal Sponsorship and Umbrella Organizations:

  • U.S. 501(c)3s who act as fiscal sponsors to U.S. entities not certified by the IRS must adhere to the most conservative, “model A” form of sponsorship.
  • The grant will be made to the sponsoring U.S. 501(c)3, which will be held responsible for the proposal, financial accountability, program results, and evaluation reporting.
  • Organizations that use their 501(c)3 status to channel funds to non-501(c)3 entities will be treated like fiscal sponsors. The International Foundation will only make grants in these circumstances if the 501(c)3 holder assumes ultimate accountability for the proposal, finances, program results and evaluation reporting.
  • To promote a policy of graduation from fiscal sponsorship, sequential grants to a 501(c)3 for a given sponsored entity will not be made.

Not Eligible:

  • U.S. branches of certified tax-exempt entities headquartered outside of the United States will not be considered.
  • Organizations that have completed and filed Form 1023 but have not yet received an IRS determination letter are not eligible to apply.

What We Fund

Please read carefully the Our Approach and Program Focus sections under the Approach tab of this website.

How We Fund

  • Grants range up to U.S. $25,000 and are made on a one-year basis. They may be submitted at any point in the year.
  • Grant applications are made through a single application, called the grant proposal.
  • Grants are reviewed by the Grants Committee and approved by the full Board– normally requiring at least 6 months from the time of receipt.
  • We fund only one proposal from an organization during each calendar year. Grants are paid twice a year in July and December.
  • Before another grant proposal can be funded, we must receive an end of project report including a financial report—due within 12 months of the grant receipt.

What We Do Not Fund

In addition to the guidelines mentioned above, the International Foundation does not support:

  • Overseas adoption or child sponsorship
  • Activities that proselytize for a religious faith or restrict participation to one religion
  • Capital improvements, including large construction projects or purchase of capital equipment
  • Emergency aid, disaster aid, or aid in chronically unstable or active conflict zones
  • Grants to individuals
  • Conferences not sponsored by the grant recipient
  • Loans, other than those comprising low-income finance projects