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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 two-stage process, which we conduct both in the Spring (for grants ranging from $50,000 to $150,000) and in the Fall (for grants ranging from $10,000 to $49,000.)


General Eligibility

Programs and projects must benefit the communities of Northern California or Hawaii.

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.

Organizations may submit only one Application within the calendar year.  We strongly recommend submitting during the Fall Cycle if your organization has not previously received a grant from us.

 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
  • Connecting Youth with Nature

  • Fostering Creativity Through the Arts

  • Maternal Healthcare Access and Education

  • Promoting Healthy Aging Through Social Connection


Spring Grant Cycle
($50K to $150K)
Fall Grant Cycle
($10K to $49K)
Applications Accepted
February 14 thru March 7
Stage One Decision
By March 31
Board Review
April 25 thru May 13
Stage Two Decision:
Grant Award
By May 16
July 18 thru August 8
By September 8
September 26 thru October 14
By October 17


Application Stage

Our Application forms will be available via the link at the bottom of this web page during the open periods beginning in February and July.

The Application will ask for:

  • Your organization’s mission statement and a few details about its size

  • Brief narratives about the project or program for which you are requesting funding and details about the populations served.

  • A project/program budget.

  • 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 will still be under consideration in Stage Two.

Board Review Stage

The Foundation staff will ensure that the application is complete before advancing to the Board of Trustees for consideration.  Your organization will be contacted if we feel additional information or revision is necessary.

Each organization advanced to this stage will be notified (via email) of their grant award status following the 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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