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.
The Trust’s online application system will close after Dec. 1, 2016
The May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust is moving to a new online application and reporting system at the end of this year. No Letters of Inquiry, Proposals, or Reports (Requirements) will be accepted through the current system after 12/1/2016.
Any “In Progress” applications for funding or reports that have not been submitted by 12/1/2016 will be lost and cannot be recovered. Submit your LOI, Proposal, or Report by 12/1/2016.
The Trust’s new online application and reporting system will be available by early January 2017. Current grantees will receive login instructions from the Trust at that time, including how to submit grant reports due in 2017. New users will also be able to create an account and submit an LOI at that time. If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.