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Upcoming Grant Cycle Schedule

What You Need to Know About our Grant Process:

How does the grant process work?


Who can nominate nonprofits for grants from the Legacy Collective Giving Circle?

Any current Legacy Collective active monthly donor giving $100+/month can nominate a nonprofit for a grant during an open grant cycle.

How often can nonprofits be nominated for grants from the Legacy Collective Giving Circle?

  • Nonprofits can be nominated once every 12 months for a grant. Whether they win or lose the vote, they must wait 1 year to be renominated to allow for other organizations to go through the process as well.
  • Nonprofits can win grants from Legacy 2 years in a row, but then they must sit out an entire calendar year following the second win before being nominated again. For example, if a nonprofit wins a grant in 2019 and 2020, they can not be nominated in 2021. However, they can be nominated again in 2022.
  • These policies do not apply for grants given to nonprofits through the Corporate Giving Circles, City Giving Circles, Disaster Relief Funds, or special fundraising campaigns. These policies only apply to the nomination and voting process within the Legacy Giving Circle.

What criteria are evaluated when Legacy Collective considers a nonprofit for a grant?

  • The nonprofit must be a qualified 501c3 not-for-profit organization in good standing with the IRS.
  • The grant must address a systemic issue with a sustainable and innovative solution.
  • The organization prohibits discrimination of any type protected by federal, state, or local laws in their hiring practices, employment practices, and client services.
  • The organization promotes a diverse & inclusive culture.
  • The grant request demonstrates that the funding will move the organizational mission forward during a startup or program expansion phase.
  • The grant request cannot be to fund existing operational budget expenses.
  • The grants cannot support memberships, dues, admission to events or goods bought at auction, or anything of more than incidental benefit.
  • The grant request provides clear budget requirements and timeline milestones for progress towards the stated objective.
  • The organization is able to provide progress updates and initiative completion reporting, pictures/video, or site visits.
  • The organization’s most recently filed Form 990 is reviewed and a document retention policy is required.

What information is required on the application?

  • Contact information for the Legacy Collective sponsor submitting the application
  • Contact information for the nonprofit grant application submitter
  • Cause area (ie. education, racial justice, etc.)
  • Date that funds are needed by
  • Description of initiative
  • Initiative impact
  • Initiative sustainability
  • Related links to the nonprofit initiative
  • City, state, country
  • Funding amount requested
  • Diversity & Inclusion Policy for hiring, employment, and client services including EEOC language
  • Any additional documents needed (ie. budget, annual report, etc.)
  • Document Retention & Destruction Policy
  • Most recently filed Form 990 or 990EZ

Who can vote on which nonprofits receive grants?

All currently active Legacy Collective monthly donors.