Our 2021 grant cycle is now open to qualifying applicants! We look forward to receiving your submissions before this year’s cycle closes on May 30. If you’d like to submit an application for funding, please first determine that you and your organization are eligible by reviewing the eligibility requirements below.
Thank you for your interest & please take very good care.
To submit an application for funding, you must be an official representative or staff member of a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (as defined by the Internal Revenue Service), working in the arts, and towards a mission that aligns with the Wilhelm Family Foundation’s work.
- Nonprofit organizations working in the arts with current tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and which are not classified as a private foundation.
- The Foundation is not legally capable of making grants to individuals, individual artists, to any type of religious organization, nor to funding a 501(c)3 that directly or indirectly participates in, or intervenes in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office.
- Organizations without nonprofit status may apply for funding through a fiscal sponsor. An application for funding, and all accompanying documentation, must come directly from the fiscal sponsor. The Foundation will consider applications utilizing fiscal sponsorship on a case-by-case basis, at the Board’s discretion, and may require further documentation regarding the partnership between the organization and its fiscal sponsor.
- Generally, the Foundation’s grants are given to small nonprofit organizations that use their staff, programming & resources to further dialog around creativity, cultural, environmental and social issues, towards the benefit of artists, as well as the communities in which they operate. We do not typically fund exhibitions or capital campaigns.
- The majority of our grants are awarded for a one-year period. We do consider applications for multi-year funding, though projects or programs seeking funding beyond two years are not usually granted.
The Foundation’s grantmaking practices focus on funding nonprofit arts organizations of all types and sizes. We believe that equality, diversity, democracy, and environmental wellbeing are fundamental components of a healthy society and these tenants are what drive our work. We believe that self-expression and creative collaboration not only empower people to better understand themselves, but that art is a powerful tool for representing diverse voices, experiences, cultures, and opinions.
Our mission is to help expand artists’ access to resources by supporting organizations working to make creative expression, experimentation, public programming and discourse accessible to all people, artists and non-artists alike. By supporting creative orgs & arts programming in diverse communities across the country, we hope to expand artistic practices of all kinds, deepen community engagement, creative collaboration, and improve the quality of life of artists and all people.
The Foundation is interested in organizations and programming that similarly prioritize diversity, inclusiveness, community, and freedom of speech. We’re especially interested in organizations that utilize art and programming to engage diverse, marginalized, at-risk, or underserved communities of all kinds. We strive to help secure the longevity of creative organizations, their staff, creative practices, programming, and community resources, particularly in areas where gentrification and/or Covid-19 has forced the displacement of artists, nonprofit art spaces, and other marginalized peoples.
GUIDELINES & TIMELINE
Applicants that meet the Foundation’s eligibility and application requirements, and whose mission and work aligns with the Foundation’s goals, will be reviewed by our Board for funding the same year.
Organizations that submit an application for funding on or before the May 30, 2021 deadline will receive a decision by July 16, 2021 (at the latest). Once an application has been submitted, it’s likely that an organization will be asked to provide further documentation, information, or correspondence before receiving a decision on their application.
To submit an application for funding, please complete all four documents below in the order that they are described. Please pay close attention to the page limitations provided for each section. Your entire application should be a maximum of 6 pages (not including your 990). Please be sure to include all information requested, but also remember that any additional materials (beyond those described below & the 6-page maximum) will not be reviewed.
Please write your application in a 12-point font and 1.5 line spacing. All documents should be prepared and submitted in either MS Word or PDF formats.
Once you’ve completed all documents, please attach them all in a single email. Please include both the name of your organization, and the name of your organization’s primary contact in the “Subject” line of your email (for example, “ABC Organization, Jane Does”). Once completed, please email your entire application to: email@example.com
If you prefer to submit an application via mail, or should you have any questions about your submission, or regarding the application process, please contact Cascade Wilhelm (ED): firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Contact Information: 1 page
A. General Information about your Organization. Please include the following:
- Organization’s name & complete mailing address (street number & name, City, State, and Zip Code). Please indicate if the legal name of your organization differs in any way. *If you’re working with a fiscal sponsor, please include your fiscal sponsor’s name, mailing address, and your contact’s information (name, email and phone number).
- Organization’s Federal Tax ID or EIN # (or that of your fiscal sponsor).
- Organization’s Mission.
- Organization’s website address.
- Organization’s most recent operating budget (2020 or 2021).
B. Primary Contact Information.
- First & Last name of the representative completing this application (who is available for questions and correspondence).
- Title/Position at Organization.
- Phone number.
- Email address.
2. Overview & Funding Proposal: 1-4 pages
A. Overview: A summary of your organization’s vision, projects, programs, initiatives, outreach, needs, and/or goals. Please focus on those that best define your organization’s work and ethos.
B. Proposed Grant Activity. Describe the activity for which the funds are being requested, including the following information:
- Intended purpose of your proposed program, project, or funding area. If you are applying for general operating support, please describe in detail how the funds would be utilized.
- Amount of funding requested.
- Total budget of proposed program or project, and the amount of your organization’s total general operating budget.
- Proposed timeline and/or fiscal year.
- Scope of work, including activities pertinent to this request.
- Status of funds raised to date, if any, including all amounts received and all grant funds applied for.
3. A copy of the organization’s 501(c)3 ruling from the IRS: 1 page
4. A consolidated copy of your organization’s most recent IRS 990 filing, and/or your organization’s most recent audited, or unaudited, financial statement.