The Carthage Foundation's grant program is primarily directed toward public policy programs that address major domestic and international issues. There are no geographical restrictions. The Foundation does not make grants to individuals for any purpose or to nationally-organized fundraising groups. Proposal for the following are usually declined: event sponsorships, endowments, capital campaigns, renovations, or government agencies.
Initial inquiries to the Foundation should be in letter form signed by the organization's President, or authorized representative, and have the approval of the organization's Board of Directors. The letter should include a concise description of the specific program for which funds are requested, and a program budget and timetable. Accompanying information should include a copy of the latest audited financial statements (or Form 990); annual report; current budget; list of officers and directors and their major affiliations; and a copy of the current determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service evidencing tax-exempt status under Sections 501 (c)(3) of the IRS Code. Additional information may be requested, if needed, for further evaluation.
The Foundation normally considers grants at quarterly meetings. However, requests may be submitted at any time and will be acted upon as expeditiously as possible.
Grant applications should be addressed to: