Application Process

The Celia Lipton Farris and Victor W. Farris Foundation accepts applications by invitation only; unsolicited applications will not be considered.

The Foundation uses a two-step application process, including the submission of a Letter of Inquiry and a Full Proposal.  The whole process takes about 8 months.

Step 1 – Letter of Inquiry

The first step of the application process includes the submission of a Letter of Inquiry.  Letters of Inquiry are invited throughout the year.  An invitation to submit a Letter of Inquiry is not a guarantee or commitment of future funding.

Applicants invited to submit a Letter of Inquiry, will receive a link via email to the Foundation’s online Letter of Inquiry application. The application requests information about the:

  • Need (or problem) to be addressed by the project
  • Targeted population to be served by the project
  • Project approach and design
  • Targeted project accomplishments/outcomes
  • Qualifications of your organization to operate the project
  • Qualifications of any project partners assisting with the delivery of the project
  • Proposed use of Foundation funding to support the project

Additional information may also be requested at this time.

Review

Letters of Inquiry are reviewed by Foundation Staff and the Foundation’s Grants Committee.  The Foundation’s Grants Committee, made up of several Foundation Trustees, meets twice each year to review Letters of Inquiry.  After review and discussion of each Letter of Inquiry, the Grants Committee decides whether or not to request a Full Proposal from each Letter of Inquiry applicant.

In rare cases, the Grants Committee may decide to recommend a Letter of Inquiry to the Foundation’s Board of Trustees for approval.

Step 2 – Full Proposal

After a thorough review of the Letter of Inquiry application, the Foundation may invite the applicant to submit a Full Proposal. Again, this invitation is not a guarantee or commitment of future funding.

Applicants invited to submit a Full Proposal, will receive a link via email to the Foundation’s online Full Proposal application. The application requests more detail regarding the information submitted within the Letter of Inquiry as well as:

  • A project budget
  • An evaluation plan detailing the project’s activities and expected outcomes
  • Information regarding project sustainability

Review

Full Proposals are reviewed by Foundation Staff and the Foundation’s Grants Committee. The Foundation’s Grants Committee meets twice each year to review Full Proposals. After review and discussion, the Grants Committee decides whether or not to recommend each Full Proposal to the Foundation’s Board of Trustees for approval.

The Foundation’s Board of Trustees meets twice per year to review funding recommendations. The ultimate decision to approve or deny each application lies solely with the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Once the Foundation’s Board of Trustees has made its decision, Foundation staff contacts each applicant personally. Written notice of the decision is also sent to all applicants.