Recognizing COVID-19’s continuing disruptive effects, the Peter & Elizabeth Tower Foundation announces guidelines for its 2021 COVID-19 Response grants. Organizations with existing programming in the Foundation’s funding geography expressly serving young people with intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, mental illness, and/or substance use disorders
and their families are eligible to apply for unrestricted grants of up to $25,000.
The guidelines are available below (see #1).

In 2021, the Tower Foundation will offer two opportunities (April & August) to apply for funding through our Programs & Services, Strengthening Partner Capacity, and Community Change portfolios.  The Foundation will only consider grant request that align with its Mission, Focus Areas, and Geographic Focus. Please note that your organization may only submit one request across all of the Tower Foundation’s funding opportunities in any given cycle. Guidelines will be posted by January 31, 2021.

1. Review Grant Guidelines for Portfolio

For information on eligibility, deadlines, and instructions, download the 2020 grant guidelines (below) for the portfolio you wish to review.

Programs and Services Guidelines (release date January 2021) PDF (5 Pages) Download
Strengthening Partner Capacity Guidelines (release date January 2021) PDF (5 Pages) Download
Community Change Guidelines (release date January 2021)  PDF (5 Pages) Download

2. Target a Grant Cycle

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

Preliminary Grant Requests Due TBD TBD
Clarification Calls TBD TBD
Full Proposal Invitations Sent TBD TBD
Collaborative Proposal Review TBD TBD
Decision Notification Deadline TBD TBD

Please Note: To ensure that requests are submitted on time, applicants are encouraged to create an account in the online portal at least one week prior to the 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. Individuals who have registered previously do NOT need to re-register; please log in using your existing account.

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

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 PDF (4 Pages) Download
Strengthening Partner Capacity Application Preview PDF (2 Pages) Download
Community Change Application Preview PDF (4 Pages) Download



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



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.