The principal criterion for a successful grant application is to show how the grant will be of direct help to students who want to prepare for and succeed in college studies.
Organizations applying for grants from the Chapman Foundation must use the Foundation's Grant Application Form. The common denominator in all grants is that they are intended to help motivated students gain the skills needed for successful completion of college
General Information About the Application Processes and Requirements Organizations applying for grants from the Chapman Foundation must use the Foundation's Grant Application Form. The common denominator in all grants is that they are intended to help motivated students living on the Monterey Peninsula gain the skills needed for successful completion of college DEADLINES Applications must be postmarked or delivered to the Foundation by March 1 of each year. Electronic submissions by the deadline will be accepted. Occasionally, the Foundation will consider funding for an organization outside of the grant cycle, as a lower priority.This depends on the availability of funds, and the merit of the application. This practice is not encouraged since available funds are usually allocated during the annual approval process. Notification of approval or rejection is usually provided in early May. Funding of grants is usually available after July 1, with proof that matching conditions have been met. EVALUATION OF GRANTS RECEIVED Upon accepting a grant, grantees agree to submit two reports:
A Mid Year Update due February 1
Year End Report due June 30
When a grantee has received a previous grant, additional grants will not be approved until reports are up to date on prior grants. Please follow the format suggested under the Current Grantee Forms page of this website.
TYPES OF GRANTS Organizations will be selected for a grant only if they demonstrate that their proposalmeets the Foundation's criteria of financial need and academic merit. Scholarship Funds for Individuals When organizations are applying for grants that will benefit individual students selected by the organization to receive financial assistance, the organization's selection procedures should provide, at a minimum, that parents or guardians of individuals requesting financial assistance submit a financial statement (to include assets, liabilities, income and expense) sufficient to demonstrate financial need for the proposed assistance. Programs Benefiting Groups Organizations applying for grants of general benefit to groups of students, should identify the group to receive the benefit of the grant, demonstrate that without a grant the benefit would not otherwise be available, and demonstrate that the program or event for which funding is requested will provide a distinct college-preparatory educational benefit for a deserving group. SELECTION Grant applications must explicitly identify expected outcomes resulting from the grant, in terms of both quantity of individuals served and the quality of the intervention. Successful grant applications will explicitly identify expected outcomes, measured in terms of student achievement as a result of the grant. The Foundation prefers to give potential grantees latitude in identifying specific outcomes; however, criteria selected must be meaningful in demonstrating achievement in measurable terms as related to the Foundation’s mission.
All eligible organizations that submit grant applications under prescribed application procedures will be considered for award of a grant. Selection of grantees will be made on an objective and non-discriminatory basis, taking into consideration the amount of grant funding available and the degree to which priorities of the Chapman Foundation will be satisfied. ADMININSTRATION OF GRANTS Organizations receiving grants will sign and submit a grant contract committing to administer the funds as specified in the grant contract and to submit the two required reports. Failure to submit required reports will result in suspension of future funding. CHALLENGE GRANTS The Foundation Board normally follows the practice of issuing challenge grants, under which organizations are required to raise in the same grant year or provide funds matching the amount of the approved grant, and for the same program. This process affords an incentive for others to make donations to the receiving organization, thus extending the benefit of a Foundation grant.This has been heartily endorsed by grantees. Absent very unusual circumstances, grants will be made on a challenge basis.