Mayerson Grants FAQ

Below are frequently asked questions regarding our application process; we encourage you to review these first.

What’s the first step?

We’ll eventually need something in “black & white” from you, for example a letter of intent.  Don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and discuss your proposal with Jeff Seibert, Grants Officer at 513-621-7500. Your letter of intent should be 1-2 pages in which you describe the issue you’re going to address, the scope of work you intend to perform, and the rough budget necessary to proceed.  Feel free to contact us with general inquiries.

What is your timeline?

Letters of Intent are accepted ongoingly. Uninvited proposals are not accepted. You will receive feedback from your letter of intent within thirty days of its receipt, usually sooner. Feedback may be in the form of an invitation for a full proposal, at which time the amount of your request will be discussed. or a declination with the suggestion that we maintain communication about relevant issues.

What is your preferred format for financial information?

The budget that accompanies a full proposal should have two parts: revenue and expenses. Under revenue, please identify whether the income is “pending” or “committed”. Include your organization’s annual budget for your most recently completed fiscal year. Also, include a detailed line item budget for the project for which you are requesting support.

What are the most important criteria for a successful proposal?

There isn’t a foundation large enough to address the ongoing operating costs of every worthwhile nonprofit that requests funding. Within our Areas of Interest, the Mayerson trustees suggest approaching the Foundation when your organization finds itself “at a crossroad” – the intersection of a challenging issue with your organization’s strategic arc and your unique area of expertise. Programs with a record of proven effectiveness and the potential of scaling up to serve many people who can benefit are some of the hallmarks we look for. Clearly defined units of service with measurable outputs and important outcomes are critical to a successful proposal.