Application Process


Step One: What We Fund

Please read What We Fund carefully to determine if your organization’s programs or projects meet our funding criteria. Organizations also may complete the Eligibility Quiz to help determine their suitability for a grant from The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation. Please note, you do not need to identify the program area, our staff will identify the appropriate funding area.

Step Two: Submitting the Application

To be considered for funding, an organization must submit a complete application, not a Letter of Inquiry (LOI). LOI's are not required.

Organizations may submit an application for only one deadline within a 12-month period. For example, if an application is submitted for the November 1 deadline, the organization must wait until the following November 1 deadline to submit another application.

If your organization meets our funding criteria, you are eligible to submit an application. The Foundation requires that all organizations submit a complete proposal. To ensure submission of a complete application, please see Before You Apply.

Arts and Humanities applicants are required to submit historical, financial and organizational data from the past two years into the DC Cultural Data Project, which will allow nonprofits to generate a funder report for the Foundation. The Cafritz Funder Report must be submitted as an attachment to your grant application. Further details can be found at DC Cultural Data Project.

Grant application deadlines are March 1, July 1 and November 1, and applications must be submitted through our online application system, no later than 5:00 p.m. on these dates. Please note, while they may be submitted anytime, applications received between deadlines will be held for consideration in the following grant cycle.

Please note: Should the deadline date fall on a Saturday or Sunday, applications will be accepted the following Monday.

No faxes or e-mails will be accepted.

Step Three: The Review and Funding Decision

Organizations will receive notification verifying receipt of their application. Each application is given careful consideration. If necessary, Foundation staff will schedule meetings with prospective applicants prior to making recommendations to the Board. Not all grant requests are considered at the Board meeting following their submission; some requests may be carried over to the subsequent grant cycle. To ensure that each application is given fair consideration, the review and funding decision process generally takes four to six months from the time the propsal was submitted.

All applicants will receive written notification regarding funding decisions.

In an effort to ensure the broadest response to the needs of our community, the Foundation's policy requires organizations to submit applications annually regardless of prior funding.

Step Four: Reporting Requirements

Once approved, grantees must submit interim and final reports online through our online application system as described in their grant agreement, unless otherwise specified.

Declarations, reports and new applications must be submitted separately.

Please note: Should the deadline date fall on a Saturday or Sunday, requirements will be accepted the following Monday.