Thomas J. Gray Foundation
Marjorie S.
Developing today's youth into tomorrow's leaders.

The Foundation is a Grant-Making Organization.  That is, we accomplish our mission by working with other non-profit organizations to achieve their goals in the same field.  If you represent a non-profit group we'd like to hear from you.  We accept both invited and unsolicited grant proposals. 

  1. Categories of Awards :
  2. Note: these are general categories and not specific program areas. All proposals are considered equally.  The award ranges are also only guidelines - proposals may be of any size - contact the Foundation with any questions about your specific ideas.

    1. Inspire Awards - These awards are given in support of programs or projects that provide opportunities to inspire young people to build strong character, leadership potential, and interest in a field to give them focus and personal goals.

      • These are typically awarded to groups or programs defined by organizations that serve youth, such as schools, clubs, civic groups, etc. The served population is generally generic (eg: all teenagers in a specific county, all junior high school students, etc.).

      • The primary criteria for these awards are focused on the experience of the organization in helping develop youth character and its ability to successfully complete similar programs.

      • Examples of awards in this category may include, but are not limited to, school programs to expose students to new types of learning experiences and civic groups or organizations giving youth alternative activities.

      • Awards may typically be in the range of $5k to $30k+ per year and may be renewable if appropriate results are achieved.  (Could be more if warranted, ask for what you need.)

    2. Encourage Awards - These awards are given in support of programs or projects that give youth experience and encourage them to continue the development of personal character and develop leadership skills.

      • These awards are typically evaluated on both the track record of the organization making the application and the education and character of the youth participating in the program.

      • The population is generally known and is somehow segmented (eg: all advanced placement students, or all Scouts who have been elected to leadership positions).

      • Examples of awards in this category may include, but are not limited to, programming to challenge youth to achieve greater goals and team-based activities to create leadership opportunities.

      • Awards may typically be in the range of $10k to $30k+ per year and may be renewable if appropriate results are achieved.  (Could be more if warranted, ask for what you need.)

    3. Enable Awards - These awards are given in support of programs or projects that enable youth who have demonstrated strong personal character, leadership skills, and clear personal goals and gives them support in preparing for their future careers.

      • These awards are typically evaluated on the ability of the organization to complete the proposed activity and the qualifications of the youth participating in their programs.

      • The population served is very well known (eg: all Eagle Scouts, all National Honor Society recipients, etc.).

      • Examples of awards in this category may include, but are not limited to, Scholarships, projects driven by youth as leaders and “gifted and talented” programs.

      • Awards may typically be in the range of $10k to $40k+ and are for one year. As these awards are often in part evaluated on the basis of the youth in the program, they are not renewable but the applications may be repeated in subsequent years.  (Could be more if warranted, ask for what you need.)

    4. Legacy Awards - These awards are renewable support for existing projects that are found to be creating the Legacy of the Foundation and our Grantors. Participation is by invitation only - and provides priority access to renewable funding.

  3. Eligible organizations are those approved as Tax-Exempt under IRS Section 501(c)(3). No Grants or gifts will be given to individuals. It is anticipated that in the future programs may be developed that will provide grants to individuals, but not for the foreseeable future.

  4. Grant Applications are reviewed bi-annually (January and July). All Complete Grant Applications received by the end of each calendar half (12/31 and 6/30) will be reviewed and responded to by the end of the following quarter. Funding will usually be provided immediately, unless defined differently by the proposal. Materials submitted with the Grant Applications are not returned to the Applicant.

    1. Grant Applications are only accepted electronically. Materials may be submitted in addition to the specific requirements of the program, but may not be used in the evaluation of the proposed project. Each Application must include at least a coversheet summary and a proposal narrative. Complex projects may also require a detailed budget. Projects in partnership with other organizations will require letters of support or commitment as appropriate.

    2. All Applications will be scored during the review process. The scoring process includes minimum requirements (ie: completeness of proposal, eligibility of applicant), basic requirements (ie: alignment with the mission of the Foundation, sustainability of the program after the Grant period, number of youth served), and extra credit (ie: creativity of program, use of additional funds to leverage the Grant request, leveraged partnership between organizations).

    3. Applicants may complete a coversheet summary form and submit it for a preliminary evaluation of the appropriateness of the proposal and/or requesting assistance in creating an appropriate proposal.

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