Applying as a New Applicant

If your organization has not previously applied for and received funding directly from the Howard Gilman Foundation, you are a new applicant!

The Funding Process

Confirm that your organization meets our eligibility requirements

To be eligible for Gilman funding, an organization must be a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization or fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3).

Identify the funding cycle that best suits your organization’s needs and confirm upcoming cycle deadlines.

We conduct three funding cycles per year. To begin the application process, you should determine which cycle is the best fit for both your organization and your type of proposal. While general cycle timing is below, please visit our Dates & Deadlines page for specific upcoming cycle dates. The majority of Gilman’s grantees receive general operating support. If you’re not sure what type of support is best for you, reach out to us.

Chat With Us Before You Apply

We’re here to help you determine the best cycle and type of support to request for your application! We encourage all new applicants to schedule a pre-application chat with any Program Officer to discuss their eligibility and alignment. Visit the Our Team page for Program Officer contact info.

Cycle 1

Apply if: your organization is seeking general operating support and has a fiscal year-end date of 12/31.

Application deadline: November

Award notification: March

Cycle 2

Apply if: your organization is seeking general operating support and has a fiscal year-end date of 6/30.

Application deadline: end of March

Award notification: early July

Cycle 3

Apply if: your organization is seeking general operating support and has a fiscal year-end date that falls between 7/31 and 11/30.

Application deadline: mid-September

Award notification: November

Register and create an account in our grants portal.

Prior to the beginning of your preferred cycle, register an account in the grants portal. Once registration is approved (note that it takes a day or two), complete the organization profile and add contacts. For a step-by-step guide, click here. If you have previously submitted an application to the Howard Gilman Foundation in Fluxx, there is no need to register again.

Having issues?

Need help registering, updating your organization profile, or adding/deleting contacts in the grants portal? Reach out and we’ll be happy to guide you through the process via email or on a phone call.

Get Help

Fill out and submit your application.

Your next step is to complete and submit an application via the grants portal. Gilman staff will read and discuss all submitted applications from new applicants. Click here for a pdf copy of the New Applicants form to use as a guide and to aid you while you prepare your application.

We’ll review your application and get to know you.

This is our time to get to know you, your team, and your important work. In addition to reading your submitted application, a member of the Gilman team may follow up with questions, meet with your organization’s leadership, and try to attend a performance or rehearsal (virtually or in-person) to see your organization’s work in action.

We’ll get to work behind the scenes.

Working together, the Gilman team will come to a consensus on all grant recommendations, which are then reviewed, discussed, and approved by the Gilman Board. All notifications of grant decisions (approvals, declinations, and deferrals) are sent out via email to the contacts you’ve selected in your grant application form.

Awards and Reporting

If awarded funding, grantees will receive a grant agreement and payment instructions via DocuSign. Then, in your next application, we’ll ask you to report on your prior year’s funding—no separate reporting is required!

Not meeting our eligibility requirements?

Visit our regranting page to learn more about opportunities that may be better suited for your organization.

Regranting Opportunities

Ready to Start Your Application?

Gilman uses a grants portal to process applications. Register your account and get a jump start on completing your organization’s profile.

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