1. How do I start the grant application process?
View the Grantmaking section of this website and if your organization qualifies, download the LOI (PDF).
2. When are your application deadlines?
Letters of Intent are reviewed on an on-going basis in order to create a docket of 10 to 20 grant applications for each grant review meeting. The Board meets four (4) times each year, generally in March, June, September and November, to review grant applications and discuss strategic policy and community issues. Deadlines are set to coincide with quarterly Board meeting dates.
3. If we are invited to submit a full grant application, and are awarded a grant, how long before we will receive the funds?
Notification regarding Step 2 will be within 90 days. The full grant application will take six weeks to submit and be processed for review by the JSGF board of directors. A grant agreement will be mailed to each successful grantee spelling out the requirements of both sides; this needs to be signed by the CEO/President/Executive Director of the grantee organization and returned to the JSGF. Once returned, the grant check will be mailed, generally within 30 days.
4. Our organization is located outside of Long Beach, CA – could we still qualify?
If more than 75% of the client population for the program for which you are requesting funding resides in Long Beach, that program may qualify. Send an email explaining how you believe your program may qualify to firstname.lastname@example.org.
5. How much should we request?
$15,000 is the average grant amount for organizations previously funded by the JSGF. New grantees should visit the Grants Awarded section of this site and locate an organization that offers a similar program to determine what is a reasonable grant request.
6. Do you fund general operating support?
7. Do you allow administrative overhead to be included in the request for program specific funding?
Yes, in fact we encourage it. However, administrative overhead should average 18% in most organizations.
8. Will you fund bricks and mortar or capital campaigns?
No, but we will consider funding requests for specific types of equipment, i.e. washers/dryers, refrigerators, new cabinets, play equipment, etc.
9. We offer a faith based program and your Introduction section states that you will not fund organizations that “….discriminate on the basis of …religious affiliation…”. Should we request the LOI?
Only if your organization is open to all and does not require any type of religious activities on the part of those seeking your services.
10. Should I mail or hand deliver my grant application package?
Either method of delivery is fine. Mailed proposals will be considered received the day they were postmarked and proposals hand delivered will be dated that day. Proposals are reviewed in the order received, regardless of delivery method.
11. How do I hand deliver my proposal?
We are located in the Sea Spray Office Condo Building on the NE corner of Broadway and Chestnut Avenue, across from the Civic Center parking structure. Park on Broadway at a meter or use the parking lot, behind the building. Enter the parking lot off of Chestnut Avenue; the wooden guard arm will automatically rise when you approach. We are on the third floor, unit 312, co-located with Coldwell Bankers/Blair Commercial Real Estate. The receptionist will give you the parking lot exit code.
12. Will the JSGF purchase a table at our fundraising event?
The foundation generally declines requests to participate in fundraising events.
13. May we honor the JSGF at our annual dinner?
We encourage organizations to honor individuals and small businesses that have provided support directly or through volunteerism. All foundations are in the business of making grants; for this reason, we prefer not to be singled out or honored. However, acknowledgement of funding, in literature, is appropriate.
14. We are a current grantee and have a status report due; what information should we include?
The two page narrative status report should be tied to the original outcomes and measurable objectives provided with the original grant application. The third page – a financial accounting of how the funds were invested – must be signed by your bookkeeper or board treasurer. Sample Final Report available for download (PDF).
15. May we get an extension of time to submit our final status report?
Yes, e-mail email@example.com with your extension request and a new deadline date will be determined.
16. We offer a summer camp in Long Beach, do you fund camp scholarships?
Yes, we make decisions on funding summer camps in the Spring of each third year, drawing on a small pool of funds earmarked for this purpose. Selected camps will receive funding for three straight years, provided the program delivers the results as proposed in the original application and documented in each annual status report.
17. Will you consider funding to an organization that uses a fiscal receiver?
18. We are just getting started and need assistance raising funds for our organization, can you help us?
Visit the The Nonprofit Partnership, a membership organization for nonprofits which offers networking breakfasts, workshops, access to FC Search and consultants to community based organizations. Obtain more information at: www.tnpsocal.org or call 562-888-6530.
19. My question is not listed here, what should I do?
Call the office 562-437-2882, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org .