Grants Overview

The Lawson Family Foundation makes grants to public charitable organizations whose missions and activities align with the Foundation’s initiatives. Grants typically range from $2,500 to $25,000 and are awarded on a rolling basis. Applicants may apply for grants to build capacity, expand programs, or fund new projects.

Grants FAQ

How do we apply?
All applications must be completed and submitted via the Foundation’s online grant management system.

What materials are required with our application?
Applicants must complete all “required” portions of the application form. Applicants must also upload copies of their most recent Form 990 and their 501c3 Determination Letter. Additionally, applicants have the option to request a blind letter of reference.

How many applications may our organization submit?
An organization may submit one application per program. Organizations may reapply for program funding once the current review process has been completed.

How long is the review process?
Grant applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants should expect to receive award or rejection notifications within 1-3 months of submission.

Will the Lawson Family Foundation be the answer to our organization’s entire financial needs?
No. Applicants are asked to list the total budget amount for their projects, as well as any specific costs within their project descriptions. The Foundation aims to contribute to organizations’ programmatic, capital, and operational needs through grants, but typically cannot serve as a complete financial solution.

What restrictions apply to awarded grants?
To receive awards, grantees are required to sign a grant agreement. Grantees are expected to deliver biannual reports to the Foundation and clearly demonstrate how the funds were used for the designated purposes.