The Olive Tree Foundation

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

How to Apply

The 2019 grant application process is closed. Check back after Jan. 1, 2020 for updated grant application guidelines.  

NOTE: Due to the overwhelming number of applications we receive, only grantees will be notified of the decision on their proposal. An applicant whose request has been denied is expected to wait until the next grant-making year before reapplying.

Grant Application Process

Applicants must fill out our online grant application and upload a cover letter on their institution’s letterhead (see resource links about grant writing at the bottom).  The letter, which should not exceed two typewritten pages, should be a summary of your application and succinctly explain:

  • What your organization does
  • Background information concerning your institution and its board members
  • The applying institution’s 501(c)(3) status and qualifications of the project’s principal personnel
  • The problem or need your 501(c)(3) organization plans to address
  • How granted funds will contribute to solving or ameliorating the problem or fulfilling the need, including the project’s principal objectives and expected outcome
  • Timetable for the project or mission
  • How the proposed project relates to The Olive Tree Foundation, Inc.’s mission and fulfills eligibility guidelines
  • Whether the project requires partnerships with other organizations and their importance to its success
  • Plan for assessing the project’s results
  • Total estimated project budget, including the amount requested from the Foundation and any other anticipated sources of support
  • Plan for sustaining the project after grant funding expires

Applicants should attach:

  • An IRS Letter of Determination
  • Latest IRS Form 990 (or 990-EZ or 990-N as appropriate)
  • Latest Financial Statement


  • A short video can provide The Olive Tree Foundation grant committee greater understanding of your organization’s purpose and needs.

Based on a review of the materials, applicants may be contacted for scheduling of a site visit by an OTF representative or to request further information.  If so, specific instructions will be provided.


Additional resources:

Grant Proposal Writing from Cover Letter to Budget

Consider these Grant Writing Tips

Writing a Grant: 7 Tips