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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.)


General Eligibility

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.

 NOT supported: 

  • solely religious, sacramental, or theological functions

  • political bodies or campaigns

  • individuals or memorializing individuals

  • foreign organizations

  • loans or the payback of debt

Program Areas

Programs or projects must closely align with our priorities in one of the four program areas we support:


Spring Grant Cycle
($50K to $150K)
Fall Grant Cycle
($10K to $49K)
Applications Accepted
February 23 thru March 15
Stage One Decision:
By April 17
July 24 thru August 14
By September 13
Stage Two Decision:
Grant Awards
By May 13
By October 7


 Stage One

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.

 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.

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