Guidelines

The foundation only accepts online applications through this website.

The Foundation funds only 501(c)3 organizations located within the five boroughs of New York City.

Organizations may apply once a year.

For more information, please check the foundation’s deadlines. If your organization has been nominated for a discretionary grant, please call us.

No supplementary paper materials are accepted.

The foundation cannot accept applications from organizations with a fiscal sponsor or whose tax-exempt status is pending. Organizations applying for a grant must have received an IRS determination letter.

The Foundation Center is a great online resource. We recommend the following free tutorials:

Proposal Writing Short Course

Proposal Budgeting Basics

Step 1: Log in or Register

Enter Applicant and Organization Contact information including a current mailing address and telephone number.

All applications must include:

1. Executive Director’s name, mailing address, telephone and email
2. Organization’s mailing address, telephone and website
3. Name and title of person completing the application, telephone and email

For grant writers and consultants — please include the Executive Director’s information in the Organization’s Contact section.
If your organization has previously applied online — please call us if you have questions about your organization’s account or if your organization has recently moved. We need to have the current contact information for all applicants and organizations.

Step 2: Click Apply

Step 3: Click Winter, Spring or Fall Grant Application

The foundation has three deadlines per year. The online application is available one month prior to each deadline. See deadlines.

Step 4: Answer Questions and Upload PDF documents

Q1. Project/Program Name

Enter project or program name.

If the organization is applying for General Operating Support, please enter GOS.

Q2. Amount Requested

Provide the dollar amount requested. A request must be proportionate to the program and organization’s budget. The Foundation’s grants range from $5,000 – $25,000.

Q3. Grant Purpose

Choose the area that best represents the organization’s request.

  1. General Operating Support
  2. Program Support
  3. Other

Q4. Category/Field

Choose category/field that represents the organization’s mission.

  1. Art
  2. Education
  3. Human Services
  4. Preservation/Environment

Q5. Boroughs

Please select borough(s) where organization is located and where programs are served.
Bronx
Brooklyn
Manhattan
Queens
Staten Island

Q6. History with LAF

If organization has received funding in the past, please list funding year(s) and grant amount(s) starting from the most recent grant received.

Example: 6/14: $10k; 3/12: $5k; 2006: $2k

Q7. Fiscal Year/Operating Cycle

Please indicate organization’s fiscal year or operating cycle.
Calendar Year: 12 consecutive months beginning January to December.
Fiscal Year: 12 consecutive months beginning July to June.

Q8. Program Budget Amount

If the organization is applying for Program Support or Other, indicate the dollar amount of the program budget for the current fiscal year.

Q9. Organization Budget Amount

Indicate the dollar amount of the organization’s budget for the current fiscal year.

For Q10-Q11: It is recommended to use MS Word count (under tools) before copying and pasting the text to the Mission & History, and Proposal sections of the application.

Q10. Mission & History (4,000 characters maximum)

Provide a brief description of the organization’s mission and history.

Q11. Proposal (6,000 characters maximum)

Provide a brief proposal which outlines the project/program, for which the funds are sought.

This should include a detailed account of how the funds will be utilized, a history of the program, and its goals and objectives.

All applicants are required to submit a proposal including organizations applying for General Operating Support.

Q12: Links to Websites & Images (optional)

Provide links to websites and/or images in reference to your proposal.

For Q13-Q18: All files must be saved as PDF documents in the following order: organization’s initials_type of file.pdf (Example: ABC_board.pdf)

Q13. Board of Directors (length of service)

Upload a list of the organization’s Board of Directors as a PDF file (2MB file maximum).

The list should include each board member’s occupation/title, length of service and term limits if applicable.

Q14. 501(c)3

Upload the organization’s 501(c)3 determination letter as a PDF file (2MB file maximum).

The Foundation cannot accept applications from organizations with a fiscal sponsor or whose tax-exempt status is pending. Organizations applying for a grant must have received an IRS determination letter.

Q15. Program Budget Comparison (expenses and revenue/income detail)

If the organization is applying for Program Support or Other.

Upload a detailed program budget comparison for the organization’s FISCAL years (current year, last year and PROJECTED next year) as one PDF file (3MB file maximum). The program budget comparison must include the program’s expenses and revenue/income.

Q16. Organization Budget Comparison (expenses and revenue/income detail)

Upload a detailed organizational budget comparison for the the organization’s FISCAL years (current year, last year and PROJECTED next year) as one PDF file (3MB file maximum). The organization budget comparison must include the organization’s expenses and revenue/income.

Q17. Audited Financial Statement

Upload the organization’s most recent audited financial statement or signed 990 as a PDF file (5MB file maximum).

The audit or signed 990 should not be older than 15 months.
Organizations with a budget over $750,000 must upload an independent auditor’s report not a 990.

Q18. Funding sources list by type (received & projected)

Upload a comparison list of all received and projected funding sources for the organization’s FISCAL year (current year, last year and PROJECTED next year) as one PDF file (3MB file maximum).

  1. Organize list by type of support: foundations, corporations, government, individuals, board of directors, events.
  2. Include foundations and corporations name and dollar amount. For individual and board support, only list the aggregate dollar amount.
  3. Specify if amount was received or if it is projected.
  4. If organization is applying for Program Support or Other, please include funding sources for the entire organization and for the specific project/program.

Step 5: Click Save as Draft to Save and Review

Step 6: Click Submit your Application

The online application closes at 5pm on March 15, August 15 and December 15. Please note that if a deadline falls on a weekend, the deadline is extended to the following Monday at 5pm.

Please print or save (PDF) your application for your records. Upon application submission, applicants receive an automatic confirmation email.

Please call us if you have questions.