Proposals are not accepted via fax or e-mail. There are no deadlines for proposals and grant applications may be submitted at any time of the year. However, the process of moving from proposal submission to grant approval takes time. Therefore, the Foundations are not able to meet requests for eligible projects requiring immediate or near-term funding.
All proposals must come from the president or other primary executive of an institution - - not from development officers, department heads or individual researchers within the institution. It is not necessary for an applicant or representative of an institution to visit personally with the staff in order to present a proposal successfully. A visit by a member of the Foundations staff to the requesting institution typically is conducted in the final stages of the grant evaluation process.
After evaluating the initial proposal, the Foundations may request further detailed information. For example, under the higher education and religion programs, applicants are asked to provide information that reflects the quality of students and faculty, measures of success, and financial stability and support.