Grant Application & Guidelines

In the interests of balancing predictability and flexibility, the foundation has decided to adopt a three-year grant cycle. The following procedures and guidelines will govern the foundation’s grant application and review process during the current grant cycle. The foundation reserves the right to change its guidelines and procedures during any grant cycle.

The directors of the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation meet twice per year – once in the spring and once in the fall – to make decisions on grant proposals. The first communication should be with a letter of inquiry. The foundation accepts LOIs during two open LOI submission periods each year. The next LOI deadline is Tuesday, January 16, 2018. Prior to each meeting, the submitted LOIs are reviewed by the directors and a select number of organizations are invited to submit a full proposal.

Funds will be disbursed within 30 days of the meeting at which a grant is approved. The foundation will award grants up to $50,000. If an organization receives a grant from the foundation, it must wait three years before applying to the foundation for another grant. The foundation will not fund multi-year requests. The foundation will not fund organizations whose overall budget is greater than $5 million dollars.The Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation will only consider proposals for support for a specific project or program. The foundation will not consider applications for general support, operating expenses, capital expansion, endowment funds, seed grants, scholarships, awards, or research and planning.

All proposals should submitted via our online application form NO LATER than 5pm on the day of the deadline. No exceptions!

How to Apply

Please note – the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation began using a new grants portal in 2017. The login information you used to sign into the previous system will not work in the new grants portal. If you have any questions about logging into the new grants portal, please contact Hollyann Vickers, Grants Manager, at

Step 1: Submit a Letter of Inquiry

Follow the instructions below to navigate our online application system. Be sure to save your work periodically, as the application form will not auto-save your work. Review your Letter of Inquiry thoroughly before submitting it — while you may view or print it at any time, it cannot be edited after submission.

New Organizations:

If you believe your request meets the eligibility criteria as outlined on this site,  you may then register for a user name and password, which will give you access to our online grants management portal. Here, in addition to submitting your Letter of Inquiry you may, upon becoming a grantee, subsequently file reports and review your grant history.

Once you are logged into the portal, you will need to complete your Organization Profile and Personal Profile. You then can click on the “New Proposals” icon to begin your Letter of Inquiry.

Returning Organizations:

Use your existing login information to access your account in our Grants Management Portal.

Once you’ve logged in, begin the LOI submission process.

Step 2: Submit a Proposal

After your Letter of Inquiry is reviewed, you will be notified as to whether you are invited to submit a full proposal. The Application Overview outlines the application questions and attachments needed to complete the application. If your organization is invited to submit a full proposal, you will receive more detailed instructions to access the application in the portal.

The foundation’s goal is to make the grant process as manageable as possible for prospective grantees. We invite you to direct technical questions and feedback about the application process to Hollyann Vickers
Please do not send any materials that must be returned. The foundation will not be responsible for returning photos, slides, videos, CDs, DVDs, original art work, original documents, and the like.

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