Frequently Asked Questions
Who Can Apply?
The majority of our investments are sourced via trusted advisors and personal contacts. However, we do accept unsolicited proposals and fund a small number of grantees who have been identified via this mechanisma.
To request a grant, your organization must be a tax-exempt charitable organization as defined by the federal government and be on file with the IRS. We also accept applications from government units and agencies, local education agencies, and libraries. If you are unsure of your IRS classification, you can visit www.GuideStar.org for more information.
My 501(c)(3) has a pending status; do I qualify to receive a donation?
No. We can only provide funds to organizations classified as tax exempt by the IRS.
Is there a deadline for submitting our application?
No. We currently accept grant applications year round and do not have a defined grant cycle with specific submission deadlines. Please keep in mind that this is our current policy and that it may change in the future.
Does the Foundation require a Letter of Inquiry?
Yes. Details about the application process and access to our online forms can be found in the "How to Apply" section of our website.
What kind of budget information should we include?
We require some preliminary budgetary information in our letter of inquiry. As your request progresses through our application approval process, we will require a recent financial statement and more in-depth budgetary and financial information.
May I send a hard copy of my grant application directly to the Wilson Sheehan Foundation?
No. We only accept grant applications online through our grant management software.
What do I do if I have questions?
How do I let you know if my email or mailing address changes after I submit my online application?
Once my application has been submitted, can I retrieve, edit, or delete it?
Is your grant making restricted geographically?
No. The majority of our investments are sourced through trusted advisors and personal contacts. We also have particular interest in identifying investment opportunities in the Foundation's home community of Clark County, OH and surrounding areas.
We accept unsolicited proposals from across the United States and prioritize proposals for projects that are innovative, replicable and supported by research.
May I share news of my Wilson Sheehan Foundation grant with the public?
We do not actively seek publicity for our support from grantees, so if you would like to share news of your grant, we ask that you run it by us first. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation!