The information below should answer most of your questions. Please read before contacting us.

When do you accept grant applications? The Olive Tree Foundation begins accepting grant applications in the first quarter of each year. We have reached our limit of grant applications for 2022.  Please read our guidelines to see if your tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization is eligible to apply for funding next year.

How many applications does The Olive Tree Foundation accept?: The increased number of applications we receive each continually exceeds expectations. To ensure our small staff can effectively and fairly review the requests, we decreased the number accepted in 2022 to 50. The application opened on March 1, 2022, and closed March 4, 2022, when we reached our limit.

When should I apply for a grant? The Olive Tree Foundation distributes grants in the fourth quarter (October to December) of each calendar year. Apply accordingly.

Does my organization really have to be headquartered in the United States? Yes; The Olive Tree Foundation only makes 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. However, we rarely 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 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 Olive Tree Foundation 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 or accept 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 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.