faq

Who is eligible for Woodard & Curran Foundation Impact Grants?
Here are the criteria to be eligible for a Woodard & Curran Foundation Impact Grant:

An applicants must:

  • Be a US-based organization;
  • Have received 501(c)(3) non-profit designation as of the date of the application and must retain that status throughout the grant term;
  • Not be a house of worship, a political organization, or political action committee; 
  • Not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, national origin, political persuasion, age, physical handicap, gender or sexual orientation. 

The proposed project must:

  • Be an innovative project that applies or advances technology to address water (e.g. water, wastewater, stormwater, etc.) issues relating to climate change.
  • Support the public at large (i.e., not a single individual).
  • The project can be located outside the U.S.; however, projects that rely primarily on international staff with little or no U.S. benefit are not likely to fare well during our review process.

How do I apply for a Woodard & Curran Foundation Grant?
If you meet our eligibility requirements, you are encouraged to complete an online application

Does Woodard & Curran Foundation still offer smaller 1-Year Grants?
No. We are not inviting applications for 1-year grants in 2018.

How much funding does Woodard & Curran Foundation award?
One Impact Grant will be awarded for $100,000, distributed over three consecutive years. The Impact Grant will be for an innovative project applying or advancing technology to address water (e.g. water, wastewater, stormwater, etc.) issues relating to climate change.

Does my organization or project have to be located in a specific geography? Do you accept applications for international projects or organizations?
We do not accept applications from organizations that are based outside the US, but if you are a US-based organization working on an international project (i.e., in conjunction with US resources and volunteers, similar to Engineers Without Borders, Agua Clara, Sustainability Without Borders, etc.), you are eligible for our grant. Note that projects that rely primarily on international staff with little or no US benefit are not likely to fare well during our review process.

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 my organization's 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 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 email us: grants@woodardcurranfoundation.org.

When will the grants be announced?
Typically, grant recipients are notified in October and news of the award is announced to the general public via the Foundation’s website, email, social media, and a press release issued in December.

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 these FAQs, please email us: grants@woodardcurranfoundation.org.