Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for a grant?

We accept grant proposals by invitation only. See How to Apply for a Grant to learn how to send us a letter of inquiry.

Who is eligible to receive a grant?

We support 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in the United States that are working domestically. Organizations with a 501(c)(3) nonprofit fiscal sponsor are also eligible to apply.

We do not support: Individuals (even with a fiscal sponsor), private non-operating foundations, organizations outside the US, or large, institutional nonprofits (with the exception of an internal program that may not be otherwise funded, for example within a university).

What kinds of grants do you make?

We make both general operating support grants and project support grants.

We do not support: capital improvement campaigns, research, or book publishing.

Please note we are not making new grants for work with currently or formerly incarcerated populations within the Soul in Society program area. We continue to provide support to our current grant partners in these fields.

How much money should we ask for?

First-year grants range from $5,000 to $35,000.

My project fits with more than one of your program areas. Which one should I select?

We appreciate that highly integrative work may fit in more than one category. Select the one program area that you feel best describes your work – we will notice if it touches on other areas as well.

Do you have a specific geographical focus?

We support projects throughout the United States including Alaska and Hawaii. We don’t have a specific geographical focus within the US. With the exception of a few current long-term grant partners, we do not fund work outside of the US.

What kind of reporting is required after receiving a grant?

We understand that one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to reporting. We customize our reporting requirements based on the type of project, the length of the grant period, and other factors. Ultimately we want our grant recipients to spend more of their time doing the work, and less time writing reports for us. We usually ask for at least one progress report or final report.

Why was my letter of inquiry declined?

The Foundation receives far more inquiries than we have the resources to support. Unfortunately this means we have to turn down many worthwhile projects. Because of the amount of inquiries we receive, we are unable to provide individual feedback if your letter of inquiry was declined.

If my letter of inquiry was declined, can I apply again?

Yes, but please wait at least 12 months after your last inquiry submission before applying again, even if it is for a different project.

How long does it take before we know if we will be invited to submit a full proposal?

See How To Apply for a Grant for more details.

What percentage of new grant inquiries to Kalliopeia receive funding?

The figure varies year to year, but approximately 3% of new inquiries are invited to submit a proposal and go on to receive a grant. We receive far more inquiries than we can fund.

Does Kalliopeia fund religious or faith-based organizations?

If the content of the proposed work furthers our mission and program values and happens to be faith-based, then it would be eligible. General support for a particular religious or spiritual institution or community would not be eligible. Please keep in mind that we do not support capital improvement projects.

How are the Foundation’s assets invested?

In a sincere effort to bring cohesion to all aspects of Kalliopeia Foundation, we strive to align our financial investing with our vision, mission, and values, and we are committed to socially-responsible and ethical investing.

With care and consideration, we have invested over 95% of the Foundation endowment with a social and environmental lens, while taking a financially-sound approach. We invest in companies, organizations, and funds who are committed to economic development, community resilience, diversity, equal opportunity, and environmental stewardship. Up to 25% of our investments are held in funds that provide loans at the community level.

Lastly, we track the progress and the impact of our investments on a quarterly basis to ensure that our investments contribute to improved social and environmental outcomes.

Where do I find answers to questions that aren’t listed here?

Please contact us if you have questions that aren’t answered here or on the How To Apply for a Grant page.