GSF’s approach to grantmaking has deep roots in the foundation’s original policies. In 1946, the founder encouraged us to “…Pioneer new fields, where support from other sources is not readily available, and where the possibility of major gains exists, but also complete losses.” He understood the importance of experimenting, and of being patient enough to move through problems that arise.
HOW TO APPLY
GSF makes grants twice per year, in the spring and fall. As a small foundation with limited resources, we prioritize multi-year grants to our long-term partners.
We will have room in our grantmaking budget to add just a few new grantees in 2018, to be directed to a few specific priority areas where we have identified gaps in movement capacity.
We whole-heartedly value the work of the many organizations that approach us for support and we wish we could support many more of the inquiries that come our way. Yet, GSF is not currently accepting new letters of inquiry. We know your time is valuable, and we don’t want you to waste it developing an inquiry that is not likely to be fruitful. While we won’t be accepting LOIs this year, we do want to explore new ways of connecting with organizations so that we might learn about important work that we might not otherwise know about. In lieu of an LOI process, we plan to hold “intake” hours one day per month where you may talk briefly to a program officer by phone. We will set dates for our intake call availability starting in June 2018.
Whether we are able to support your work financially or not, we do share our gratitude and appreciation for your work to make our world a better place.