FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Grants

What are the deadlines for submitting a Letter of Inquiry to the Foundation?

There are no deadlines for submission of Letters of Inquiry (LOI), as they are received and reviewed throughout the year.

What are the deadlines for submitting an application to the Foundation?

Quarterly deadlines for submission of applications to the Foundation are:

  • January 15 (for review February-April)
  • April 15 (for review May-July)
  • July 15 (for review August-October)
  • October 15 (for review November-January)

How often may an application be submitted to the Foundation?

Generally, organizations may submit no more than one application a year. Exceptions to this policy exist:

  • From time to time, additional requests from an organization may be invited by the Foundation’s Trustees within a single calendar year.
  • Applicants may submit a capital request in addition to an operating or program request within a single calendar year.

How often are requests considered?

The Trustees review and consider a number of requests at each monthly meeting.

How long does it usually take the Foundation to review our application?

Generally, the application review process takes up to three months. However, the process may take longer if the Staff or Trustees believe the request warrants further study.

Are applications required to be in a particular format?

Yes, the Foundation reviews applications through an online grants portal.

Where can I locate an application?

The Foundation accepts applications through an online grants portal.

To what address should the proposal be mailed?

The Foundation prefers that all applications be submitted through our online grants portal.

Do you conduct site visits for grant requests?

Site visits are conducted frequently. Grant Staff will arrange a site visit if needed.

Should we wait to hear from The George Foundation before applying to other resources?

The Foundation encourages organizations to apply to other funding sources, as we prefer to award grants to organizations that have multiple sources of support.

When and how will I know if my proposal has been approved or declined?

All Applicants receive an email communication regarding the disposition of their request.

Do you give grants to organizations located outside of Fort Bend County?

The Foundation does award grants to organizations located outside of Fort Bend County if a compelling case can be made for the need for the organization’s services in the County and if the organization can demonstrate that all funds will be used to benefit the residents of Fort Bend County.

What size grants does the Foundation make?

Grant size depends on the request, need and intended impact for the community. A review of recent historical grants data show that 28% of grants awarded by the Foundation were $25,000 or less; 30% were between $25,0001-50,000; 24% were between $50,001-100,000; and 18% were greater than $100,001. Please review our list of past grants for a sense of grant sizes for various types of organizations, programs and projects.

What type of support is funded?

The Foundation funds general operating, program and project grants. Capital grants are funded on a more competitive basis.

Is it possible to make a presentation of our request to the Trustees of The George Foundation?

Although we understand the desire to make such a presentation, the Foundation Trustees cannot accommodate individual presentations, given the number of inquiries and proposals received. The Trustees request that all inquiries and communications regarding the Foundation’s grantmaking program be directed exclusively to the Grant Staff.

How does the Foundation assess applications?

A variety of factors are taken into consideration when reviewing applications for funding; please review our Grants Strategy section for additional details.

May I contact the Foundation staff if I have questions regarding the grantmaking program?

Grant Staff is always open to assisting Applicants and Grantees with questions regarding the grantmaking program, from application to reporting. Please contact us at grants@thegeorgefoundation.org or 281.342.6109.

Scholarships

How can I find more information about the various George Foundation Scholarship Programs?

Information regarding specific scholarship programs, award amounts, deadlines and eligibility requirements can be viewed at the specific scholarship’s program page.

Do I need to be a United States citizen?

While most scholarships require recipients to be either a United States citizen or permanent resident, interested applicants need to review each scholarship’s individual criteria.

Do I need to be a resident of Fort Bend County?

All George Foundation scholarships are designated for Fort Bend County residents.

When should I apply?

Each particular scholarship has its own deadline date. To learn the deadline for the specific scholarship of interest, please visit that particular scholarship’s program page.

Are George Foundation Scholarships based on financial need?

George Foundation Scholarship applicants must be able to demonstrate financial need.

Because the Foundation offers many different types of scholarships can I apply for more than one?

Because the deadlines vary, interested individuals are encouraged to apply for all scholarships for which they meet the criteria. However, a recipient may only receive one George Foundation scholarship within an academic year.

If my family does not file their taxes until April, how can I complete the financial information in time to meet the deadline?

Applicants may use the information from their or their families’ latest tax return filed.

Are scholarship applications mailed to The George Foundation?

No scholarship application packets are to be mailed to The George Foundation. For the mailing address for a specific scholarship of interest, please visit that particular scholarship’s program page.

Whom do I contact if I have questions?

General scholarship questions can be addressed to the George Foundation staff at scholarships@thegeorgefoundation.org or 281-342-6109.

Are there other useful scholarship/financial aid sites available?

Below are links to other scholarship/financial aid sites: