Your organization must:
- be bringing in no more than US $3 million in annual revenues;
- have no ties to terrorist or extremist organizations per US State Department regulations;
- advocate no hate messages or promote violence in any way; and
- fall into one or more of the categories below.
Recipients will be in the fields of:
- STEM Education to support grassroots efforts to advance students, trainees and disadvantaged individuals in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
- Arts Education (including theatre, music and fine arts)
- Youth Empowerment
- Development of critical thinking
- Women’s rights and equality
- Training and job creation
- Self-empowerment and Leadership Development
- Medical / healthcare Initiatives
- Animal preservation and conservation
- Veterans’ support and programs, and
- Environment and Environmental Awareness.
The AGIF will not consider funding requests for:
- Religious proselytizing or promoting a religious agenda, directly or indirectly;
- Endowments or reserve funds;
- Debt retirement or operating deficits;
- Indirect expenses unrelated to the funded project or program;
- Sponsorship of fundraising events;
- Propagandizing, lobbying or influencing elections or legislation;
- Political parties;
- Groups having a specific political ideology;
- Projects having no target-community support;
- Projects based on speculations or assumptions backed by no primary research;
- Capital raising; and
- Construction projects or renovations (with varying exceptions. Please contact the Foundation for stipulations).
We also do not fund non-profits with well-established sources of income from large organizations.
In short, we seek to fund NGOs with the vetted needs, management and structure to administer our grants and whose programs maximize the impact on underserved target populations and / or in underserved countries.
What Makes a Strong Proposal?
A strong proposal is ready for review. It should be well beyond the conceptual stage, and have a clear plan, timeline and budget. The proposal should present defined benefits or outcomes and describe why your community supports your goal. Involvement of your Board with cash, in-kind contributions and a community campaign are some indicators of a proposal being ready.
As appropriate, community participation is a primary factor in a proposal being ready. We like to see that (any additional needed) fundraising is significantly underway with your traditional supporters, local businesses, key donors and other foundations.
Challenge, Matching and Duration of Grants
Challenge and matching grants are awarded when the applicant desires to use its leverage as a tool. Grant projects are usually completed by the applicant within 12 months after the AGIF’s approval. However, longer terms may be considered.
Review and Approval
After an initial review of a proposal by our staff, on-site visits and follow-up communications may be appropriate. Large requests are reviewed by our Board of Directors and / or special committee which normally meets monthly. Smaller requests are reviewed and a funding determination is made by senior Foundation staff. Proposals receive a response regarding the outcome of the review or next steps, if any, usually within four to six weeks. Smaller grants (US $5,000 or less) typically can be decided in about three weeks.