faq

 

Who is eligible for Woodard & Curran Foundation grants?
To be eligible for a Woodard & Curran Foundation grant, the following criteria must be met:

All applicants must:
o    Be a U.S.-based organization;
o    Have received 501(c)(3) non-profit designation as of the date of the application;
o    Support the public at large (i.e., not a single individual); 
o    Not be a house of worship, a political organization, or political action committee; 
o    Not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, national origin, political persuasion, age, physical handicap, gender or sexual
      orientation. 

Track 1 (1-year) grant applicants must also:
o    Address the problem of water scarcity through STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) initiatives
o    Propose a project located in a state where Woodard & Curran Inc. either has an office or operates a treatment facility; specifically:
      CA, CT, FL, GA, IL, MA, ME, MI, MO, MT, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, TN, UT, VT, or WY. 

Track 2 (3-year) Impact Grant applicants must also:
o    Propose an innovative project that applies or advances technology to address water (e.g. water, wastewater, stormwater, etc.) issues relating to climate change.
o    Your organization must be based in the U.S. but your project can be located in the U.S. or internationally. Projects that use primarily international staff to benefit non-U.S. locations (e.g., if only the project coordinator is U.S.-based) are not likely to be considered.

How much funding will the Woodard & Curran Foundation award during 2017?
Up to three smaller Track 1 (1-year) grants will be awarded totaling $9,000 with no one grant exceeding $5,000. These grants will be awarded to organizations dedicated to addressing the problem of water scarcity through STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) initiatives. 

One Track 2 Impact Grant (3-year) will be awarded for $100,000, distributed over three consecutive years beginning in October 2017 ($33,000 in 2017, $33,000 in 2018, and $34,000 in 2019). The Impact Grant will be for an innovative project applying or advancing technology to address water issues relating to climate change.

Does my organization or project have to be located in a specific geography?
If you are applying for a Track 1 (1-year) grant, your organization must be based in the U.S. and your project must be located in a state where Woodard & Curran Inc. either has an office or operates a treatment facility (i.e., CA, CT, FL, GA, IL, MA, ME, MI, MO, MT, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, TN, UT, VT, or WY). 

If you are applying for a Track 2 Impact Grant (3-year), your organization must be based in the U.S. but your project can be located in the U.S. or internationally. Projects that use primarily international staff to benefit non-U.S. locations (e.g., if only the project coordinator is U.S.-based) are not likely to be considered.

Do you accept applications for international projects or organizations?
We do not accept applications from organizations that are based outside the U.S. However, if you are a U.S.-based organization working on an international project (i.e., in conjunction with U.S. resources and volunteers, similar to Engineers Without Borders, Agua Clara Cornell, etc.), you are eligible for our grant. Projects that use primarily international staff to benefit non-U.S. locations (e.g., if only the project coordinator is U.S.-based) are not likely to be considered. 

What if I my 501(c)(3) status has not been approved yet?
Woodard & Curran Foundation only awards grants to organizations that have received 501(c)(3) non-profit designation as of the date of the application. Non-profits that do not have 501(c)(3) designation can submit under the umbrella of a partner 501(c)(3) organization. However, the grant would be issued to the 501(c)(3) partner so you would need an arrangement for them to pass the funds on to your organization.

Will you accept multiple applications from one organization (e.g., a university)?
We understand that some organizations, such as universities, may have multiple departments with eligible projects. Therefore, we do not limit the number of applications for a given organization. However, it is unlikely that we would award multiple grants to a single organization because we like to diversify our recipients. We would consider each as a separate application – each would stand on its own merits and would have equal chance of being selected.

How do I apply for a Woodard & Curran Foundation Grant?
If you meet our eligibility requirements, you are encouraged to submit a Letter of Interest for an Impact Grant or complete an online application for a 1-Year Grant. Please see Track 1 information for 1-Year Grants and Track 2 information for Impact Grants. 

What are 1-Year Grants (Track 1) and how do I apply?
Our 1-Year Grants are intended to provide funding to organizations and/or projects that address the problem of water scarcity through STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) initiatives. Up to three smaller 1-Year Grants will be awarded totaling $9,000 with no one grant exceeding $5,000. Projects at levels of grant requests from $1,000 to $5,000 will be accepted. If you meet our eligibility requirements, we encourage you to complete our online application. Please see Track 1 for more information.

What is a 3-Year Impact Grant (Track 2) and how do I apply?
Our intent for the 2017 Impact Grant is to establish a partnership with an organization that shares our vision by funding an innovative project that applies or advances technology by addressing water issues relating to climate change. During 2017, one Impact Grant will be awarded for $100,000, distributed over three consecutive years beginning in October 2017 ($33,000 in 2017, $33,000 in 2018, and $34,000 in 2019). This grant requires a submission of basic project information and a Letter of Interest prior to submitting an application. Please see Track 2 for more information.

How do I know if you received my application?
After completing the application via Survey Monkey, you will see our “Thank you” screen. If you do not see the “Thank you” screen, there was an error in your submission. You will also receive an emailed receipt confirmation for your supporting materials, typically within 48 hours of submission. If you do not receive confirmation, please contact grants@woodardcurranfoundation.org.

What is the status of my application?
After your application is received, it is considered under review until the final grant recipient announcements are made. The Track 1 (1-year) grant recipients will be notified in October 2017 and the Track 2 (3-year) Impact Grant recipient will be notified in November 2017. We will announce all recipients via Woodard & Curran Foundation’s website, email, social media and press release by December 1, 2017.

When will the 2017 grants be announced?
The Track 1 (1-year) Grant recipients will be notified in October 2017 and the Track 2 (3-year) Impact Grant recipient will be notified in November 2017. We will announce all recipients via Woodard & Curran Foundation’s website, email, social media and press release by December 1, 2017.

What is Woodard & Curran Foundation’s policy regarding indirect costs?
Woodard & Curran Foundation does not have a specific policy regarding indirect costs. Indirect costs can be included in the grant application and should be outlined as part of the project budget presented in the application.

What is Woodard & Curran Foundation’s policy regarding general funds/general operating costs?
Woodard & Curran foundation does not have a specific policy regarding general operating costs, overhead/administrative costs, or general funds. However, we recommend that you choose a specific project for your application and include the operating expenses associated with that project in the budget. 

What if I still have questions about Woodard & Curran Foundation grants?
If your question was not addressed in the FAQs, please email your question to grants@woodardcurranfoundation.org.

 

track 1:     1 Year grant

track 2:    3 year impact grant