The Foundation principally supports projects and initiatives located in the greater Washington, D.C. region, by funding human services, health care initiatives and furthering the cause of education with measurable and tangible objectives. Grants will only be provided to entities organized and operated exclusively for charitable or educational purposes, which have qualified under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
The Foundation does not support basic research, scholarships, endowment funds, publications, films, construction, acquisition of buildings, special events/fund raising, sectarian religious activities, political lobbying, or legislative activities. We also tend not to support capital improvement and challenge grant requests.
Submission of Applications
NOTE: The application deadline is May 31st each year. All applications must be physically IN our P.O. Box no later than May 31st (we do not consider the postmarked date). Also, the US Post Office does not accept UPS or FedEx deliveries and no hand-delivered applications will be accepted.
There will be no exceptions to this policy. If an application is received in our P.O. Box after May 31st, it will not be considered for the current grant cycle. The applicant is invited to apply again the following year.
All application packages must be sent in hard copy (on the application form provided on our website) to the P.O. Box address listed on the application/website. No email or electronic submissions will be accepted. All applicants will receive an “acknowledgment” email upon receipt of their application.
The Review Process
- The first step in the grant request process is for interested organizations to submit a fully completed Grant Application with required supplemental information.
- Applications are reviewed in June to determine if they fall within the Foundation’s mission, guidelines, priorities and current financial resources.
- Solicitation of individual members of the Board of Directors by potential recipients is forbidden.
- The Board of Directors may request more information from your organization and may also consult with persons knowledgeable about the proposed activities. This request should not be interpreted as an indication of likely support.
- The Board of Directors makes decisions on applications in the Fall.
- If your organization is approved for a grant, you will be required to sign a Grant Agreement specifying reporting requirements and receipt of the grant. Funds will be dispersed by December 31st.
- If your application is declined, you will receive notice no later than November 30th. Even though a project meets established criteria, it may not be funded because of limited resources or other priorities.
- Due to the large volume of applications we receive, The Jones Foundation is unable to give specific feedback regarding any denied grants.
- The Board of Directors makes the final decisions on all grants.
Choose between two versions of the application here:
→ A traditional form that you must print out and then fill out by hand and mail.
→ An interactive form that you also have to print out and mail, but you may fill it out on your computer screen by typing directly into the interactive fields.
The Foundation only accept grants that are completed on our Grant Application form. No reproductions or recreations will be accepted.
Required Supplemental Information
- a Program Budget
- a list of the applicant organization’s Board of Directors
- an IRS 501(c)(3) Letter of Determination
- do NOT send any non-requested information with your application.
For ALL inquires, please email The Jones Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org.