Application Procedures - How to Apply for a Grant

hb08529.jpgElizabeth Morse Genius Charitable Trust is a private foundation practicing values-based grant making.

Because of this approach, a wide spectrum of funding opportunities falls within the scope of the Trust’s grant making.

The Trust awards grants to qualifying 501(c)(3) public charities[1] that persuasively demonstrate a strong connection between their missions, programs, and/or projects and one or more of the tenets of the Trust’s Values Statement.

Please note, before beginning the Letter of Inquiry process, that the Trust’s review of a Full Proposal, should an applicant be requested to submit one, is robust, rigorous, and comprehensive and can last anywhere from six to nine months; in certain circumstances, the process may take up to a year or longer. The Trust may meet with Full Proposal applicants.  Regardless of grant size, the Trust may find it necessary to request that the organization submit revised application materials.

Applying to the Elizabeth Morse Genius Charitable Trust for a Grant is a two-step process.

  1. The Trust requires the submission of a Letter of Inquiry in accordance with the Guidelines below; and
  2. Based upon its review of the Letter of Inquiry, the Trust will send to the applicant either a Decline Letter or a Request for Full Proposal.

General Guidelines for Submitting a Letter of Inquiry[2]:

To begin the application process, an applicant should submit a Letter of Inquiry, which shall:
  1. Be no more than three pages; [Helpful Hint: the Trust strictly enforces this rule; applicants should not send any additional materials with a Letter, including cover letters or attachments, which will be counted towards the three page maximum; letters exceeding the maximum will be returned.]
  2. Be double-spaced and written in Times New Roman 12 point font with standard, one-inch margins; and
  3. Contain the following: [Helpful Hint: a Letter should cover each of the following topics. An applicant may cover them in any order it wishes, but most successful applicants discuss each topic in the order provided; successful applicants often begin the discussion of each topic by referencing the name of the specific topic being discussed.]
    1. A brief description of the applicant, its mission, and history; [Helpful Hint: “brief” is the operative word here; limit the description to no more than four paragraphs.]
    2. The amount of the grant being requested; [Helpful Hint: if an applicant is requesting a multi-year grant, it should list the annual installment amount and the time period for payment.]
    3. A description of how the applicant will expend the grant, if awarded; [Helpful Hint: this topic, and the one following, is the most important in the Letter and deserves special attention. Applicants should indicate whether the grant is for program or general operating support. If the former, applicants should describe the specific program or project to which the grant will be applied. If the latter, applicants should provide a general description of their programs; most successful applicants propose applying the grant to one specific program, even if the request is for general operating support.] and
    4. A discussion of how the expenditure of the grant, if awarded, will allow the applicant to connect with one or more of the values of the Trust. [Helpful Hint: See About The Trust or Values Statement for the Trust’s Values Statement. Applicants should be thoughtful, creative, and substantive in their discussion; an applicant should not simply quote the tenet or tenets of the Values Statement. If a request is for program support, the applicant should  explain how the program connects to one or more of the tenets in the Values Statement. If the request is for general operating support, explain how its organization connects to one or more of the tenets in the Values Statement. Successful applications typically connect to more than one tenet of the Values Statement. If an applicant encounters difficulty in aligning its grant request with the Trust’s Values Statement, check out the Trust’s Vicennial Report or Example Grantees, where twelve organizations are featured according to the tenets of the Values Statement.]
The purpose of the Letter of Inquiry is to provide the Trust with a brief and broad overview of the applicant, the project or program for which it seeks support, and the connection between the organization and the Trust’s Values Statement. If requested to submit a Full Proposal, the applicant will have an opportunity to submit more detail about the specific program or project.

General Procedures for Submitting a Letter of Inquiry:

Applicants may submit their Letter of Inquiry in Word or printable digital formats by electronic transmission to: 
Elizabeth Morse Genius Charitable Trust
Attn: Lindsey Crane

In the event that an applicant wishes to submit a hardcopy version, it may mail a Letter of Inquiry to:
Elizabeth Morse Genius Charitable Trust
c/o JPMorgan Private Bank
Attn: Lindsey Crane
390 Madison Avenue, Floor 14, NY1-P140
New York, NY 10017
  1. The Trust generally reviews Letters of Inquiry within three months following the month in which the letter is received, though the timing of review may take longer, depending on work volume and pending commitments.
  2. The Trust will advise the applicant of its decision by sending via electronic transmission or U.S. mail either a Decline Letter or Request for Full Proposal.
  3. In the event that the Trust invites a Full Proposal, the Trust will at that time advise the applicant of additional procedures, including how to prepare and submit a Full Proposal.
  4. If an applicant has received funding from the Trust in the past, it still must submit a Letter of Inquiry in accordance with the Guidelines. Moreover, prior to submitting a Letter of Inquiry, the applicant must be in compliance with all the terms of its Grant Agreement, including any reporting requirements.
  5. The Trust, as a rule, does not accept Letters of Inquiry from applicants who have previously applied for a grant from its  Sister Trust, The Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust.
  6. For further information regarding the Trust and its application procedures, check FAQ's.

[1] To determine if yours is a qualifying 501(c)(3) public charity, please see About the Trust.
[2] For a hard copy version of the General Guidelines and Procedures for Inquiring About a Grant from the Elizabeth Morse Genius Charitable Trust, see Contact Us.

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