Application Process

Overview

The Foundation uses a two-stage grant-making process in considering potential opportunities. The first stage, a letter of inquiry, allows you to introduce yourself to us and describe your plans and needs. It should include a concise statement of the purpose of the program for which you seek funding.

If your programming falls within the parameters of The Foundation’s current grant-making strategy and is selected for further review, we will invite you to submit a full proposal, which is the second stage of the process. It is also the stage used for returning Grantees. The Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals.

Proposal review is an extensive process that involves our getting to know you well before our Trustees make a funding determination. The process can take several months, so you are encouraged to consider the timing of your request, especially if funds are needed within a narrow timeframe.

How it works

We use a web-based grant management system. You can use the system to submit letters of inquiry. If invited, you may use this link to submit your proposal as well as access required interim and final reports if funded.

Prior to using the system, please create an account by clicking on the link below. Thereafter your information is saved for future use. Please save your username and password for your records.

After creating an account, you can submit a letter of inquiry and any other forms we request during the grantmaking process. The system allows you to save and edit drafts before submitting, however we recommend composing drafts outside of the system before submission. You may also access previously submitted forms.

Click here to access the online portal.

Should you have any questions regarding The Foundation’s grant management system, please contact us by email at proposals@calderfdn.org. You can review information on browsers that support this online system here.