Welcome grantseekers! The May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust has a two-stage application process: an online letter of inquiry (LOI) submission followed by an invited proposal submission. Processing a grant application from receipt of the LOI to funding notification generally takes between four and six months.
The application process is competitive. The Trust receives many more requests than it is able to fund and must often make difficult decisions in the allocation of grants. Funding decisions reflect the Trustees’ best judgments about the potential success of the program, the capacity of the requesting organization, the proposal’s compliance with the application guidelines, and the alignment between the proposal and the Trust’s grantmaking priorities.
Below is a step-by-step outline of the grant application process. All applicants (including previously funded organizations) should begin by ensuring that your organization and program are aligned with the Trust’s priorities and that you meet minimum eligibility requirements. If your organization and program are consistent with the Trust’s guidelines, next complete the electronic Letter of Inquiry (LOI) form. Your LOI will then be reviewed by staff. Select applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal.
Please note that proposals are accepted by invitation only, and that an invitation to submit a proposal does not guarantee funding.
Organizations that receive a grant are required to submit a report which confirms that the funds granted were used for the intended purpose.
We highly recommend that you review these steps in order. If you have questions at any point, please feel free to contact the Grants Manager.