The Olive Tree Foundation, Inc. makes competitive grants to applicants that best meet the eligibility qualifications in the current grant-making 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.

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Organizations eligible to apply for grants from The Olive Tree Foundation focus on:

  • Basic necessities: We support nonprofits that provide food for the hungry, shelter the indigent and infirm and provide medical (physical and emotional) care to those in need.
  • Youth education and development: OTF support nonprofits that help develop and reinforce youth academic skills. Key objectives should include STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math); character-building that fosters ethics, teamwork, self-esteem and self-confidence; the broadening horizons and aspirations; strengthening unique abilities and talents; developing community awareness and involvement; and improving academic, communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Adult education and development: We support nonprofits that promote literacy and workforce development through programs that empower adults to become self-sufficient and self-sustaining.
  • Community development:  We support nonprofits involved in the protection of civil rights, justice, and the creation of environmental infrastructures that enhance quality of life in the communities they serve.
  • Arts and Culture: We support nonprofits that improve the quality of life in communities through arts and cultural enrichment and preservation of historical heritage.

Organizations NOT eligible for funding from The Olive Tree Foundation are:

  • Seeking funding for staff salaries
  • Seeking direct support of individuals
  • Seeking funding for biomedical research
  • Private foundations, as defined under Section 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code
  • Organizations NOT based/headquartered in the United States
  • Fraternal organizations
  • Political organizations

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