Application Guidelines

 

Applicant Eligibility

The Foundation does not accept unsolicited applications or letters of inquiry; we prefer to develop projects in conjunction with organizations aligned with our mission and funding priorities. However, we always enjoy learning about new projects and ideas; if you feel that your program or project would be a good fit with the Foundation’s funding priorities, please email a brief one-page description of your program to info@polingerfoundation.org. The Foundation supports 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that have developed innovative approaches, new programs, and those that have ongoing programs with proven records of success in addressing needs within the Foundation’s areas of interest.

 

Types of Grants Available

Grants are available for general operating and project support, especially for innovative approaches and new initiatives. We are particularly interested in emphasizing long-term impact, encouraging organizational sustainability, and investing in systems-building to strengthen fields. Requests for capital and endowment grants are generally not accepted, but the Trustees may initiate such grants at their discretion.

 

Geographic Focus

Grants for Performing Arts and Family Well-Being are made primarily in the Washington, DC region. For grants serving the Jewish community, support may be provided locally, as well as in national and international locales of interest to the board of trustees.

 

Overview of Decision-Making Process

The Foundation Board awards grants twice yearly, in the spring and the late fall. Grants Committees comprised of Trustees convene regularly to discuss grant portfolios, review renewal requests, and analyze new proposals.