Frequently Asked Questions
What are the deadlines?
We do two grant reviews per year, one with an April 15th deadline and one with an October 15th deadline. Decisions may take as long as eight weeks. Applications can be submitted at any time, but will not be considered until after those deadlines.
Who is eligible to apply for a grant?
Any 501( c )(3) organization in the state of Maine is eligible. No applications will be considered from any organization without 501(c)(3) status, unless the applicant is a town, fire or emergency aid department or school system with tax-exempt status.
What is the size of a typical grant?
Grants range from $500 to $50,000. Requests should not exceed $50,000. Endowment grants are rare, as are matching or challenge grants.
Does the King Foundation make multi-year commitments?
We do, occasionally, at our discretion. However, our preference is to award one-time grants that improve the capacity or function of an organization.
How often can an organization apply?
We request that you only apply once per calendar year, and if you receive funding to wait two years before applying again.
Does the King Foundation award discretionary grants?
The Stephen & Tabitha King Foundation reserves the right to make grants at the discretion of its board members. Organizations that receive funding are selected by the board, and letters of inquiry are not accepted for such funding.
Will the King Foundation support ongoing projects or only new projects?
We have done both, but prefer short-term projects with clearly defined goals and measurable results. Future support should never be assumed once a grant has been awarded. It is not the goal of the Foundation to provide annual support to any organization, nor are we interested in providing grants to correct funding gaps, whatever the reason might be for them.
Will the King Foundation make emergency grants?
No. The Foundation has no emergency funds to distribute. We work within our grant cycles.
Who will review our proposal?
The administrator and the trustees will review all requests. All materials are handled confidentially.
How strict is your policy on application deadlines?
Because we aim for a quick turn-around, we must be very strict on the deadlines. Applying well before the deadline is appreciated. All applications should be postmarked before the deadline; they do not have to be received before the deadline, but they must arrive within seven days of the deadline. No special services for mailing should be required.
How will I know if my application has been received and is complete?
All applicants receive a letter or electronic acknowledgement, and the administrator will contact you if there are questions.
How can I receive information about the fund’s assets and previous grants?
This information is available for review in person at the offices of CBiz Marks Paneth, 685 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10017. Go to Links; you will find our 990 posted on Guidestar.
Can I set up a meeting before my request is considered?
The trustees do not grant interviews to prospective grantees, nor do they normally make site visits, except when they consider it necessary, at which time they would request your cooperation.
If we receive funding, do we need to submit a grant report?
Organizations receiving a grant will be expected to keep the Foundation informed as to the progress of their project; this may be done through letters, newsletters, photos, or other pertinent materials. In special circumstances, applicants might be asked to submit a formal grant report upon completion of a project.
If we receive funding, may we publicize the grant and/or use the King Foundation name in advertising or solicitations?
If you are awarded a grant, you should ask for permission to publicize the award in anything other than a newsletter or organizational report. We prefer that it be publicized only locally. It is not a requirement that it be publicized.
I am having formatting problems. Should I be concerned?
Occasionally applicants have trouble with formatting during the online process. Do not be concerned. Submit it anyway. It comes through without any problems.
What is the best way to contact you?
Please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org first. Phone messages can be left at 207-990-2910. Keep in mind that calls from cell phones can be unreliable given spotty service in some parts of Maine! Many times we receive phone messages that are incomplete or difficult to understand.