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Preliminary Proposal Requirement

All potential Applicants must submit a Preliminary Proposal for review and approval BEFORE submitting a full grant Application. Potential Applicants should review the Foundation's Grant Guidelines prior to submitting a Preliminary Proposal.

All Preliminary Proposals must be made upon our Preliminary Proposal Form (see link on this page) and be emailed to contact@fivebridges.org by the dates specified in the Timetable below. Preliminary Proposals must include all information called for by the Preliminary Proposal form.  Preliminary Proposals submitted after the deadline will not be considered due to the large number of requests that we receive and the constraints of our review process.

Applicants will receive an email response confirming receipt of their proposals. Approximately six weeks after the proposal deadline, Applicants will receive an email advising them of the status of their request.

Applications

Applications may be submitted only by invitation following the submission and approval of a Preliminary Proposal (see above). All Applications must be made upon our Application Form (see link on this page).

Applicants should submit one signed and dated original and five copies of the application form. Only ONE copy of any attachments or exhibits should be submitted. Submission of materials in addition to those specifically requested is discouraged.

All applications should be sent via regular mail and must be postmarked by the dates outlined in the Timetable. Please do not use Return Receipt Requested, Special Delivery, Federal Express, UPS, or other similar forms of delivery that may require a signature since they create problems in delivery.

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Timetable

The following is our current Timetable  for Preliminary Proposal and Application submissions. As these dates will change from time to time, Applicants should check them periodically to ensure they are using the appropriate deadlines.

Winter Cycle

Preliminary Proposal due
(by email only)

Applications due (postmarked)
(by regular mail)

Grants made

October 1

December 15

March

Summer Cycle

Preliminary Proposal due
(by email only)

Applications due (postmarked)
(by regular mail)

Grants made

April 1

June 15

September