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Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any application deadlines?
There are no deadlines for submission; grant requests are accepted on an ongoing basis. In fairness to other organizations, each organization may submit only one request per year for consideration.

How often and when does the Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund Board meet?
The Fund Board meets four times per year – typically once each quarter.

What grant amount should my organization request from the Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund?
Grant amounts depend on many factors, including the size and scope of the project; the organization’s budget and capacity; other sources of support for the project; and, for capital requests, the commitment of the organization’s Board to the project. Please consider your organization’s budget, the project’s budget, and other funding resources when requesting a grant. All requests for support must specify the amount of funding requested from the Fund. The Fund rarely provides support for 100% of a project’s budget.

Does the Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund support general operating needs?
The Fund provides Annual Grants for general support to a specific list of organizations. Applications for annual support are not accepted.

What geographic areas does the Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund support?
The Fund’s geographic focus varies by program area. See Interests & Priorities for specific information.

Our organization does not have tax-exempt status. Can we still apply?
Organizations that do not have tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code must use a fiscal sponsor with 501(c)(3) status in order to apply.

How long does it take for a decision on a grant request?
We strive to respond in a timely manner to each request. Please call or email us if you have questions about the timing of your request.

Can we apply for funding while our organization has an active grant?
No. Organizations are eligible for one grant (not including Annual Grants) per year from the Fund.

Can we reapply for funding for the same project?
Yes. The Fund will consider requests for renewed support for a project after the current grant period has been completed. Please see the Reapplying for Support section for more information.

Can we reapply for funding if a request was denied previously?
Organizations may reapply for funding one year after the previous grant request was submitted. We recommend that the organization consider the reasons that the original request was denied before submitting a new inquiry.

How do I apply online?
To apply online, click the “Grant Seekers” tab on our website, then click the “Guidelines” link. Choose the correct application for your request and follow the instructions provided. To expedite the process, it may be helpful to type answers to the application questions into a word processing document, and then copy and paste the responses into the appropriate sections of the online application.

I believe my request fits your funding guidelines, but the eligibility questionnaire will not allow me to proceed. Is the request ineligible at this time?
Yes. The eligibility questionnaire covers all of the basic information the Fund needs to determine whether or not a request fits our guidelines. This includes the type of support requested and programmatic areas. If you are unsure whether you are eligible within our guidelines, please contact us.

I receive an error message when I input my organization’s tax identification number. What should I do?
If your organization has tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code, please make sure that the nine-digit number you have entered is, in fact, correct. The same applies if you are working with a fiscal sponsor. If the number is correct, please leave it as is. Upon submission of your application, the Fund will perform a manual check of the IRS database and contact you for more information if needed.

If I am in the middle of completing my application, can I save it and continue working on it later?
Yes. You may save your work by clicking the “Save & Return to My Account” button located at the bottom of each page of the application. When you decide to return to an application, go to the “Grant Seekers” tab on our website, then click the “Guidelines” link. Click the “Account Sign-in Page” link and log-in using your email address and password to view all of the applications saved under your account.

I’ve filled out all required fields and added my attachments. What happens after I click the “Review Before Submitting” button?
Clicking this button does not submit a final version of your application for consideration. You will have the opportunity to review your application one more time. When you are satisfied, click the “Submit Application” button at the bottom of the screen to send us your application.

I submitted my application, but there’s a mistake in it. Should I submit another one?
If you discover a mistake after the application has been submitted, contact us at 415-771-1717 for assistance.

If my full proposal is declined, when am I eligible to apply again?
Although the online application system will not prevent you from submitting additional applications, please be aware that the Fund will consider only one application per organization per year.

The person who set up my organization’s online account no longer works here. Should I create a new account?
No. If you still have access to the login information, please use it to sign into your organization’s account, and click “Change my E-Mail/Password” to update the account information. In the event that the login information is unavailable, please contact us at 415-771-1717 for assistance.