Grants

We are pleased that you are interested in learning more about the Dart Foundation's mission and grant process. We strongly encourage you to review the following guidelines to help determine whether your project is a good fit with our areas of interest before submitting an application. Please view our recent Grantee Award List and read our recent Annual Reports for more information that might be helpful.

WHAT We Fund

The Dart Foundation considers requests from tax qualified organizations for projects that support:

  • PreK-12 Public Education, with an emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), including career and technical education programs
  • Community Services, especially those that improve the quality of life in identified communities (see "Where We Fund")

We prefer to see projects that:

  • Fund equipment, building improvements, supplies, materials and other tangible needs
  • Reach a broad segment of the community
  • Have multiple sources of funding
  • Involve collaboration between multiple organizations to increase impact and avoid redundancy of services
  • Are advanced by organizations that have a successful track record of at least three years and a plan for sustaining the project after the initial grant period

WHAT We Do Not Fund

The Dart Foundation will not consider requests for funding:

  • Individuals, including direct scholarships to individuals and personal emergency relief 
  • Projects sponsored by religious organizations, except for those that are widely available to the general public and free from evangelical intent
  • International organizations
  • Endowment funds
  • Sports teams
  • Political parties, candidates or organizations
  • Service or fraternal organizations

WHERE We Fund

Grants are focused in the immediate vicinities of specific identified communities across the United States.

Please note that communities in red have fully utilized their funding allotment for the year. We will not consider grants in these areas until the next fiscal year beginning November 1st.

They are:
• CA: Corona and Lodi
• FL: Deerfield Beach, Plant City and Sarasota
• GA: Augusta, Conyers, Lithonia and Thomaston
• ID: Twin Falls
• IL: North Aurora, Urbana, and parts of Chicago; contact us for specific guidance in Chicago
• KY: Horse Cave and Owensboro
• MD: Federalsburg
• MI: Mid-Michigan; primarily in Ingham and Eaton Counties with limited grant-making in Clinton and Jackson Counties
• MS: Quitman
• NC: Randleman
• OK: Ada
• PA: Leola and Lancaster
• TX: Dallas and Waxahachie; contact us for specific guidance in Dallas
• WA: Tumwater

WHEN We Fund

Decisions are made by our trustees on a quarterly basis.  You will receive notification of their decision as soon as possible, generally within 8-10 weeks of our quarterly deadlines listed below. Please note that requests that exceed $5,000 may take additional time.

APPLY For A Grant

The Dart Foundation uses an online application and reporting process.  If you believe that your project serves people located in one of the above-listed communities AND falls into one of our interest areas, you are encouraged to submit an application. You will need to use either Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) or GoogleChrome as your web browser to access our site.

To apply, please select:
1. A full application if your request is for over $5,000* or
2. An abbreviated form if your request is for an amount between $2,000 and $5,000

* We value your time and strongly encourage you to contact us for feedback on your proposal before submitting a grant request over $5,000.

Log in here to:
- Review your previous grant requests
- Submit your Letter of Agreement for a recently approved grant
- Submit your Grant Report for a completed project
- Complete an in-process grant request
- A project budget is generally required for all grant requests. View our budget template and guidelines.

Questions?

If after fully reviewing our website you still have specific questions not contained on the site, contact us via our online portal.