The Olive Tree Foundation

Extending our gifts, talents and resources for the betterment of our community

Eligibility Guidelines

The Olive Tree Foundation, Inc. makes competitive grants to applicants who best meet the eligibility qualifications in the grantmaking year.

Eligible grant applicants are public agencies or organizations tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Proof of tax exemption status is required with application.

The Olive Tree Foundation provides funding for:

  • Education 

Supporting institutions that develop the academic skills of youth during the critical stages of their development.  Key objectives should include character building; fostering ethics, teamwork, self-esteem and self-confidence; broadening horizons and aspirations; strengthening unique abilities and talents; developing community awareness and involvement; improving communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Publishing

Funding the writing, editing, and publishing of works of historical interest (non-fiction), fiction and art OTF members believe should be made available to the public.

  • Construction

Granting support for institutions building structures which would improve the quality of life in communities or renovating structures that preserve a historical heritage.

  • Community

Strengthening organizations involved in the protection of civil rights; uplifting individuals to enable them to become self-sufficient and self-sustaining; sheltering the indigent and infirm; supporting institutions involved in establishing and improving health and environmental infrastructures that enhance quality of life in the communities they serve.

The Olive Tree Foundation DOES NOT support:

  • Private foundations as defined under Section 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • Funding for ongoing general operating expenses or existing deficits.
  • Basic biomedical research.
  • Direct support of individuals.
  • Conferences or symposia (unless they clearly relate to The Olive Tree Foundation’s goals or an outgrowth of one of its grant programs).
  • Foreign organizations.
  • Fraternal organizations.
  • Political organizations.
  • Organizations that do not follow OTF grant guidelines.