FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

General Questions and Answers about Applying for a Grant:

1. What are your deadlines for receipt of proposals?
Proposals are considered semi-annually. Deadlines are March 1 and September 15 for preliminary proposals and April 5 and October 31 for final proposals. If the submission dates fall on a weekend, then the applications are due by 2 p.m. ET on the prior Friday. There are no exceptions to either the preliminary or final application deadlines and procedures.

2. Does the Trust make grants to individuals or private foundations?
No, the Trust does not make grants to individuals or organizations classified as a private foundation.  The applicant must be an organization described in paragraph (1) or (2) of Section 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code (i.e., a publicly supported charity or a governmental unit).

3. What is the average dollar amount of grants awarded?
Grants are awarded semi-annually and are one-time cash awards of varying amounts, generally less than $15,000.

4. How many grants do you award each year?
On average, 20 grants are awarded annually.

5. What are the chances that my proposal will receive support?
The Trust receives a large number of applications each year and funds those projects that support the goals and objectives of its patron, William P. Wharton, and those that will make a significant difference with lasting tangible results.

6. Do you have formal application forms?
Yes, the Trust has implemented a two-stage application process to review proposals. Please refer to "Application Instructions" on our website for details.

7. How do I submit an application?
There is a two-stage application process. Please refer to "Application Instructions" on our website for details.

8. How long does it take for a proposal to be approved?
The Trustees and Advisors meet semi-annually, generally in May and November. All applicants will be notified of the Trustees and Advisors' decision within 10 business days after the meeting.