How to Apply

 

1. Review eligibility, mission guidelines and deadlines
  • The O.P. and W.E. Edwards Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications. As a small foundation, we feel we cannot adequately evaluate proposals from organizations which are not directly familiar to us. Our experience has been that our most successful grants have been to groups with which one or more Trustees are closely acquainted. We ask that you only submit an application if you are a current grantee or we have requested one.
2. For on-line applications, log in or create an account (Skip this step for funds without on-line applications)
  • Several of our funds accept on-line applications. You will need to log in to our grants management software to access these applications.
  • If your organization already has an account with us but can’t remember your log in information, do not create a new account. Please contact us for help in retrieving this information.
  • If you need to add a new user to your organization’s account please contact us for assistance.
3. Complete the application or proposal
  • We ask that you only submit an application if you are a current grantee or we have requested one. Some of our online applications require an access code that you must request from the foundation in order to apply.
  • Look over our application worksheets for our on-line applications to help you prepare.
  • For funds without on-line applications, proposal guidelines and submission instructions will be given to you by the trustees.
4. The Edwards Foundation will review your application or proposal
  • Your application is checked over for completeness and then will be reviewed by the board or trustees. Our staff may contact you with questions or for clarification if needed.
5. Final Grant decisions are made
  • You will be notified, usually by email, if your request has been approved or denied. This process can take up to 8-12 weeks after submission.
  • If your request has been approved, you will need to fill out our grant agreement form and then we will issue a grant check.
  • If you had a grant with us the previous year, your annual grant report will need to be submitted and approved before we issue a grant check.

 

How to Report

 

1. Review reporting deadlines
  • General Fund, Sky & Earth Fund, Sound Justice Fund – within thirteen months of the date the grant was issued. Grant reports must be submitted and approved before a new grant can be awarded.
  • W.E.E. Testamentary Fund – February of the following year. Grant reports must be submitted and approved before a the next year’s disbursement will be made.
2. For on-line applications, log in or create an account
  • Several of our funds accept on-line reports. You will need to log in to our grants management software to access these applications
  • If your organization already has an account with us but can’t remember your log in information, do not create a new account. Please contact us for help in retrieving this information.
  • If you need to add a new user to your organization’s account please contact us for assistance.
3. Complete and submit the report
  • If you submitted an application on-line, you can submit the report on-line. Many of our funds combine an application and report into one process.
  • Look over our reporting worksheets to help you prepare.
  • For funds without on-line applications, submit reports as request by the trustees.
  • If you wish to submit a hard or email copy, feel free to email or mail it in. We prefer paperless, however.