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Grant Focus Area

The SG Foundation has specific criteria which must be met to obtain grant approval.  Please review the criteria stipulated below if you are considering a grant application.  Categories of grants that SG typically will not consider are listed at the end of this section.  We hope these guidelines will encourage proposals that match our focus and save agencies the expense of submitting proposals that are not eligible.

1. We no longer accept unsolicited proposals from new agencies.  But we continue to work with existing partners in Mexico, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, and Haiti.  We will also accept proposals from California agencies working in North Santa Barbara County as well as from Fresno, Kings, Kern Counties.  It is unlikely a grant  will be considered until an onsite visit can be arranged.  At this point no international trips are planned and visits in California are sharply curtailed until the pandemic restrictions are lifted.

2. We have a three year funding pattern:  up to 3 consecutive years of funding (one year at a time) followed by a 3 year hiatus in funding.  This is a guideline and not a strict policy.  The point is simply to encourage developing a broad funding base while discouraging dependency on SG.  We always hope to stay in touch with our partners during the hiatus period.

3.  Grants will be issued for one year only, even if the project covers a multi-year plan.  Multiple year grants will be evaluated year by year based on progress reports and typically will not exceed 3 consecutive years.

4.  The applying agency must be a US based 501(c)3 organization or affiliated with fiscal sponsor designated 501(c)3.

5.  If a grant is approved, the applying agency must provide progress reports as requested in the grant letter.  The agency will assist in scheduling an onsite visit when requested.

6. The program for which funds are requested must target groups or communities at or below poverty level.  

7.  It is strongly preferred that the proposed project improve the quality of life, e.g., community development through education, healthcare, jobs, agriculture, housing, water.  Long term development programs are favored over one-time relief projects.

8.  Grant requests should not exceed more than 50% of the project budget.

9.   Matching grant opportunities are encouraged.

10. Organizations with low overhead, supported by form 990 tax returns, are preferred.

11. Agencies with a Judeo-Christian influence on those they serve are preferred, but no grants will be given to religious programs solely for the purpose of proselytizing.

12. Proposals from small grassroots organizations committed to helping the poor are welcome.

Grants will not be considered for the following areas:  media projects including books and films, art programs, HIV/AIDS programs, endowment funds, general operating expenses, political or lobbying programs, to any individual, to private foundations, to religious programs with the primary purpose of proselytization.  

If, after a careful review of SG Foundation's grant criteria, you believe we will be interested in a proposal from your group, please visit our Proposal Guidelines section for instructions.  All grant applications must follow the SG proposal guidelines and all proposals go through a competitive review process.  The SG Foundation reserves the right to approve or disapprove any proposal.

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