frequently asked questions
Below is a list of questions and answers about eligibility criteria, where to direct questions during the application process and more.
How often can my organization apply?
The Valley Foundation does not set a limit on the number of times an organization can apply for funding (generally we prefer that organizations use discretion and submit requests only for top-priority projects and programs).
Can I meet with the Valley Foundation before applying?
Generally, no. Your grant inquiry will serve as an introduction and summary of your project. Upon review, staff may either invite your application or contact you if a meeting or more information is necessary.
Who reviews my grant request?
Community reviewers and Valley Foundation staff review all incoming grant inquiries for the Responsive New Grants cycle. Smaller committees typically review grant inquiries for funding requested from specific funds. The Foundation's Board of Directors votes to approve funding for grant requests.
Why didn't my project receive funding this time?
While there is no guarantee that the Valley Foundation will fund a specific grant request, it is committed to funding organizations that present opportunities for partnerships and that demonstrate an ability to leverage resources. The Valley Foundation looks for leadership, strong evaluation and clearly articulated goals and measures when reviewing projects for which funding is requested.
What if I have questions or need help?
Staff is available to answer your questions Monday through Friday between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm. The list below includes staff of VCF's partner in philanthropy, The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, who support VCF grant processes.