A Closer Look at The Ray Charles Foundation's Call For Applications

The mission of the Los Angeles-based Ray Charles Foundation is to provide grants for "scientific, educational, and charitable purposes; to encourage and educate people about the causes and cures for diseases and hearing impaired disabilities; and to assist organizations and institutions in the advancement of their social, educational, and academic programs for youth."

The foundation is accepting grant applications until September 30th. According to the foundation's site, proposed programs must "advance the mission of the foundation" in three program categories: Education, Hearing Disorders, and Culture and the Arts.

Capital, program, and core support grants for the Culture and Arts category may go qualifying institutions and museums that provide "musical, cultural education, and access to the arts to underprivileged and disadvantaged youth."

As for the grants themselves?

  • The duration of the grant will likely be limited to one-year. Multi-year funding will be considered on an exceptional case-by-case basis.
  • The foundation does not fund the total cost of a capital, program, or capacity building budget. Requests should be proportional to the amount of the specific capital, program, or capacity building budget, or in the case of core support, the size of the agency’s operating budget.
  • The grant must be spent in full within the time set forth in the grant proposal and if no such time is set forth, then within twelve months following the grant.

And as for the eligibility requirements?

  • Applicants must be a public charity organized under Internal Revenue Section 501(c)3 tax exempt code.
  • Filed IRS Form 990 or its equivalent must be included in the application in order to be considered in the process. Applications without this information will be rejected.
  • Applicants must be a public charity in existence for a minimum of three years.
  • All programs must address issues, concerns or opportunities by organizations incorporated and delivering services in the United States.

For more information and to apply click here.