When does The Olive Tree Foundation accept grant applications? We typically accept grant applications from January through late April. However, it is best to check the website in January for specific dates.
How many applications does The Olive Tree Foundation accept?: We accept 100-150 applications each year. The application process will close once we reach our limit.
When should I apply for a grant? Keep in mind that The Olive Tree Foundations makes grants in the fourth quarter (the end) of each calendar year. Apply accordingly.
Does my organization really have to be headquartered in the United States? Yes; we only make grants to U.S.-based nonprofits.
Does it matter what geographic areas within the U.S. my organization serves? We make grants to nonprofits throughout the country. However, individual grant committee members may have an affinity to a particular community.
May I apply if my organization serves communities outside of the U.S.? Yes, we make grants to U.S.-based nonprofits that serve other countries in need.
How much money does the Olive Tree Foundation grant to each grantee? We generally award grantees $1,000 – $10,000. We typically do not fund the entire cost of a program even if it fits in that range as we expect applicants to seek funding from a variety of sources.
May I apply if my organization is operating at a deficit? Yes; but keep in mind the grants are competitive and having a deficit could put your organization at a disadvantage. Your grant application should include the reason for the deficit, what you will do to rectify the deficit, and why the grant committee should consider your organization as sustainable.
To whom should we address our cover letter? You may address your cover letter to the Grant Committee.
What do I do if I have technical problems while trying to submit? We do not own or operate Submittable, through which applications are submitted. Please contact Submittable directly for all technical support.
Do you respond to emails through the Contact Us page? We respond as soon as we can to emails not asking questions already answered on this page. We will not respond to emailed grant applications.
If my grant request is declined, will I receive information stating why? No; each year the number of grant applicants grows exponentially, and considering our limited funds, we cannot reply to each declined applicant with reasoning.
What are some other reasons an organization might be rejected for funding? Grant applications may be rejected if the application is incomplete, information is missing, information is unclear, projects don’t meet mission requirements, organizations are ineligible, or if competing applicant projects better fit our mission.
How do I apply for a grant? Visit our How to Apply page, read the instructions carefully, and then click the submit button (when available) to access to the online form.