Before You Apply

We are excited to announce the launch of our new grant application format, effective for the November 1, 2016 proposal deadline.  Below are PDF documents to help you successfully prepare and submit a funding request. 

Please read What We Fund carefully to determine if your organization’s programs or projects meet our funding criteria. Organizations may also complete the Eligibility Quiz to help determine their suitability for a grant from The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation.

Eligible organizations, including current grantees requesting a new grant, begin the application process by submitting a proposal through our online application system.

What You Need to Apply

Before you begin your application, we suggest you print the PDF documents below, to be sure to submit a complete application.  Please note the online application has individual text boxes that coincide with the numbered questions in the Narrative guideline below:

Application step-by-step flow chart Application step-by-step flow chart (230 KB)

Organization and Project Narrative Organization and Project Narrative (82 KB)

Financial Attachments Instructions Financial Attachments Instructions (231 KB)

Attachments Checklist Attachments Checklist (265 KB)

2016 Grant Application FAQ 2016 Grant Application FAQ (243 KB)



SPECIAL NOTE FOR ARTS AND HUMANITIES ORGANIZATIONS: The Foundation requires arts and humanities applicants to submit organizational and financial data via the Cultural Data Profile (DCP) of DataArts (formerly Cultural Data Project). When submitting a grant application to the Foundation, please attach a copy of your organization’s CDP Cafritz Funder Report. We request that at least two years’ worth of closed-book financials be included in the CDP. As DataArts is a national database, once your CDP has been completed for one state, it is accessible to others: for example, organizations in Maryland do not have to complete a separate data profile for the District of Columbia. Visit to complete your CDP. If you need assistance, contact the CDP Help Desk at Please allot enough time to complete the CDP prior to applying to the Foundation.


Capital Projects

As noted in What We Fund, the Foundation does not generally fund capital requests. However, if you have spoken to a member of our staff and still wish to apply for capital support, in addition to submitting the Organization and Project Narrative and Attachments through the online application system, please also submit the Capital Project Narrative and Capital Project Attachments to the Foundation by mail.  

Capital Project Narrative Capital Project Narrative (212 KB)

Upcoming Application Deadlines


Thursday November 1, 2018

Friday, March 1, 2019

Monday, July 1, 2019

NOTE: The online application portal closes at 5:00pm on deadline days.

For additional information, read the FAQ and Online Application FAQ or contact with any technical questions or problems.

If you have specific questions about the work of your organization, your project or program, please contact or 202.223.3100.