The Joseph & Vera Long Foundation awards responsive grants to qualified not-for-profit organizations using a competitive process that aims to find the right mix of partners and projects to achieve the Foundation's objectives in four specific program areas. This webpage explains our process, which we conduct both in the Spring (for larger grants ranging from $50,000 to $150,000) and in the Fall (for smaller grants ranging from $10,000 to $49,000.)
Organizations must be recognized in good standing by the IRS under Section 501(c)(3) and 509(a)(1 or 2) or work through a Fiscal Sponsor who is.
Programs and projects must benefit the communities of Northern California or Hawaii.
Organizations may submit only one Application per calendar year. If your organization hasn't received a grant from us before, we strongly recommend waiting for the Fall Cycle in order to improve your likelihood of success.
solely religious, sacramental, or theological functions
political bodies or campaigns
individuals or memorializing individuals
loans or the payback of debt
Programs or projects must closely align with our priorities in one of the four program areas we support:
Connecting Youth with Nature
Fostering Creativity Through the Arts
Maternal Healthcare Access and Education
Promoting Healthy Aging Through Social Connection
2023 KEY DATES
Spring Grant Cycle
($50K to $150K)
Fall Grant Cycle
($10K to $49K)
February 20 thru March 13
Stage One Decision:
By April 10
July 31 thru August 21
By September 20
Stage Two Decision:
By May 22
By October 16
Our online application portal is accessible via the link at the bottom of this page. Applications will be open during the posted periods beginning in February and July.
The Application will ask for:
Your organization’s mission statement and a few details about its size and history
Brief narratives about the project or program for which you are requesting funding and details about the populations served
A project/program budget and an organizational budget
Form 990 tax returns, and for larger (>$50K) grants, current financial statements and the most recent Audited Financial Statements
Every year we receive more requests than we can fund. While many requests may merit support under our guidelines, only a small percentage will be advanced to the Foundation's Board of Trustees for final review. Following the Stage One decision date indicated above, all applicants will be notified (via email) whether or not their application has been selected as a finalist for Stage Two.
The Foundation staff will ensure that all finalists' applications are complete before advancing to the Board of Trustees for consideration. Your organization may be contacted if we feel additional information is necessary.
Each organization advanced to this stage will be notified (via email) of their grant award status following the final decision dates indicated in the schedule above.
Please be sure to read this page thoroughly and review the information regarding the Foundation’s objectives on the Programs Page before initiating this process. We have also provided an FAQ to assist you with common questions and you may contact the Foundation using our online inquiry form on the Contact Page.