GRANT OPPORTUNITIES

The Tower Foundation offers opportunities to apply for funding through our three portfolios: Programs & Services, Strengthening Partner Capacity, and Community Change.  The Foundation considers grant requests that align with its Mission, Focus Areas, and Geographic Focus.  Please read the guidelines below for important information on eligibility, deadlines, and instructions.

All 2021 funding cycles are now closed to new applicants. If you have not yet heard from the Tower Foundation with information on your application, check your email spam folder or log into the grants portal and check your status there.  As for 2022, we are currently in the grantmaking planning process. To learn more, click here.

1. Review Grant Guidelines for Portfolios

For information on eligibility, deadlines, and instructions, download the 2021 grant guidelines (closed) for the portfolio you wish to review. Applicants may only apply to one portfolio per deadline. For instance, if an organization applies for a Programs and Services grant in April, they cannot submit for a Community Change grant as well.

Programs and Services Guidelines – 2021 (closed) PDF (6 Pages) Download
Strengthening Partner Capacity Guidelines – 2021 (closed) PDF (6 Pages) Download
Community Change Guidelines – 2021 (closed) PDF (6 Pages) Download

2. Target a Grant Cycle

The Tower Foundation is resuming two of its customary portfolio grant cycles in 2021. Our approach is highly collaborative and is designed to facilitate faster decision timelines (generally three months or less).

2021 PORTFOLIO GRANT APPLICATION TIME LINE APRIL AUGUST
Preliminary Grant Requests Due Wed, April 14 (closed) Wed, August 18 (closed)
Clarification Calls April 29-May 10 September 9-20 (done)
Full Proposal Invitations Sent Wed, May 12 Wed, September 22 (done)
Collaborative Proposal Review May 13-June 11 September 23-October 22
Decision Notification Deadline Wed, June 30 Tues, November 16


Community Change applicants only: Aside from preliminary grant request deadlines, there are no concrete timelines for Community Change proposal review.

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO APPLICANTS
Please Note: If you were previously registered in our old grants portal (Fluxx), you will have to re-register in our new one using the “Grants Portal” link at the bottom of this page. To ensure that requests are submitted on time, applicants are encouraged to create an account in the online portal at least seven business days prior to any preliminary grant request deadline. The Foundation cannot guarantee that registration requests submitted later than these dates will be processed in time for the application deadline.

2021 COVID-19 RESPONSE APPLICATION TIMELINE COVID-19 RESPONSE
ROUND ONE
COVID-19 RESPONSE
ROUND TWO
Application Deadline Wed, January 13 (closed) Wed, July 7 (closed)
Award Notifications Wed, February 17 Wed, August 4


IMPORTANT NOTICE TO APPLICANTS
COVID-19 Response Applications are not submitted through the Foundation’s grant portal. Please refer to the COVID-19 Response Guidelines for application instructions.

3. Read Application Resources

The following application previews provide an overview of the application process for each portfolio. For more details, and to get started on your preliminary application, login to the online grants portal.

Programs & Services Application Preview Download Word (5 Pages)   Download PDF (5 Pages)
Strengthening Partner Capacity Application Preview Download Word (3 Pages) Download PDF (3 Pages)
Community Change Application Preview Download Word (5 Pages)   Download PDF (5 Pages)
COVID-19 Response Grant Application Preview Download Word (2 Pages) Download PDF (2 Pages)

 

FINAL CHECKLIST

As a reminder, the Foundation will only consider grant requests aligned with its Mission, Focus Areas, and Geographic Regions.
  1. Read Grant Guidelines for Portfolio
  2. Select a Grant Cycle
  3. Review Application Resources
  4. Submit Online Application through the Grants Portal

 

Questions?

If you would like to discuss a potential grant application, we invite you to contact a Program Officer by email or phone call.  Find contact information within our Staff Directory or click here to schedule a call.