To be eligible for a grant from the Wilson Sheehan Foundation, your organization must be classified as tax-exempt under the IRS Code Section 501(c)(3). And because we are a mission-driven family foundation, we also expect our grantees and their projects to align with our priorities and values.
While we do accept unsolicited proposals, the vast majority of our investments are sourced through trusted advisors and personal contacts.
The Wilson Sheehan Foundation does not generally consider these areas to be within our investment focus:
- Individual Scholarships
- Mass funding appeals
- Advertising for fundraising events
- Emergency relief
In accordance with Federal Law, we do not fund individuals or political campaigns and activities.
Step 1: Review Eligibility Criteria
We respect the time and effort non-profit organizations expend applying for grants, and kindly request that you carefully review our FAQ to ensure fit as a first step.
Step 2: Initiate Application Process
Grantees seeking support of $10,000 or less:
Organizations are invited to submit our Streamlined Applicant Form
Grantees seeking support exceeding $10,000:
Organizations are invited to complete a First Time Applicant Form, which includes a Letter of Inquiry.
This will be our introduction to you, your organization, and your funding request. All Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) are first reviewed to determine if they align with the Foundation’s eligibility criteria.
Those organizations that demonstrate an opportunity for our Foundation to invest in line with our mission and funding goals will be invited to complete our full application.
We kindly request that existing or previous grantees seeking additional funding reach out directly to the Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that Returning Grantees must submit the annual report for the previous grant before consideration will be given to a new grant request.