How to Apply for a Grant

Grant Cycle is Now Closed

Each year, the Kelly Cares Foundation funds various programs and initiatives. Since 2014, the Foundation has granted nearly $120,000 for programs around the world. 

The Executive Director directs the policies and programs of the foundation; the KCF Executive Committee has discretionary powers and is dedicated to discharging its responsibility in a manner that will result in maximum beneficial use of resources of the Foundation. The nature of the programs and their long-term benefit shall be guiding considerations in funding grants.

The foundation would like to thank you for applying for funding. National interest in the grant program is quite extensive, and we are committed to a limited and selective number of grants.  Kelly Cares receives more grant requests than it can fund but we look forward to reviewing all applications from qualified organizations.

Grant applications for the 2018 grant cycle will be available starting September 1, 2017. We will accept applications from September 1st through December 31, 2017.

Kelly Cares Foundation Grant Guidelines

  1. If your organization has been funded within the past three years, we ask that you wait until the appropriate grant cycle to apply again.
  2. Each organization may only apply once for funding within the current grant cycle (2018).
  3. Complete the attached application and submit only the requested materials; the Foundation will not consider additional brochures, pictures or articles.
  4. As the Foundation seeks to support sustainable programs, the applying organization should tailor its request for program-specific expenses, not general administrative expenses.
  5. The Foundation will accept and consider completed applications from any and all 501 (c)(3) local, regional, and/or national organizations, if submitted via email by December 31, 2017.
  6. The Foundation will not consider incomplete or untimely applications.
  7. The Foundation will award three (3) grants between $5,000 and $10,000 for eligible program-specific expenses.
  8. Each applying organization must demonstrate collaborative efforts with partnering organizations to sustain its program both simultaneous with and beyond the Foundation’s support.
  9. The applying organization’s name must match its federal 501 (c)(3) documentation; otherwise, the application must include a letter from the 501 (c)(3) organization explaining its relationship to the applying organization.

Ineligible Requests:

Grants are not available for nonqualified applicants and/or expenses, including, but not limited to:

  • Non 501(c)(3) organizations;
  • Organizations that discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, gender, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin;
  • Travel expenses for staff, board members, or volunteers;
  • Organizations that re-grant the funds;
  • Post-event fundraising;
  • Individuals

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Our Grant Process 

What should I do if I have any questions regarding the Grant Application?

How should I assemble the grant?

Please email completed grant application along with additional requested information as one pdf document in ordered format (please review the checklist).

If I applied in the past, can I apply again? Can I apply for the same program?

Yes, providing your organization has not received funding within the past three years. If your organization has received funding within the past three years, you must wait until the appropriate grant cycle to apply again.

How many copies do I need to send?

No extra copies are needed-just the original application along with requested documentation as one pdf file.

If I have further questions, how should I contact the Foundation?

How should I send the application?

All applications and documents must be sent via email as one document to Do not use any other form of delivery (Dropbox, USPS, etc.).

Does the 2018 Grant Application have to be emailed by December 31, 2017 by 11:59pm?

Yes-electronic mail can be delivered at any time so the date stamp is final.

Can I hand deliver the 2018 Grant Application to the Kelly Cares Foundation office?

No-we request that all grants be mailed electronically for secure record keeping.

When will the organizations be notified?

All organizations will receive an automatic email once the application has been received electronically. All 2018 applicants will receive grant notification regarding grant funding or decline by March 15, 2018.