Each year, through its giving pillars, the Foundation supports initiatives with a national/international scope that advance the practice of funeral service, the knowledge of funeral service professionals, and greater public awareness of the profession.
Fuel the careers of funeral service professionals through scholarships, professional development, outreach, and tools and resources.
Fund and promote initiatives and outreach that make a measurable impact on funeral service.
Grant proposals are reviewed three times a year. Specific Request for Proposals issued by the Foundation may identify other timelines. Grant cycles are reviewed annually by the Foundation’s Grants Committee.
SUBMISSION INQUIRIES: Year-round acceptance
FULL PROPOSAL DEADLINES: April 1, August 1 and November 1
STEP 1: ELIGIBILITY
Credible national organizations with interests similar to, or that complement the interests and mission of the Funeral Service Foundation, may apply for funding. These organizations must have the ability to publicly acknowledge the generosity, care and compassion of the funeral service community.
Grant applications will be accepted from organizations that are recognized by the IRS as tax-exempt under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or similar exempt organizations.
Non-exempt organizations can apply for funding when working in conjunction with an exempt organization which agrees to serve as the fiscal agent for the grant.
As a charitable organization, it is important that the Foundation remains focused on projects and initiatives that are consistent with our mission. The following areas are not consistent with our mission:
The costs associated with burials, memorialization, cremations, etc.
Local or regional initiatives
Individual scholarships outside of the Foundation’s Scholarship Program
Ongoing operating expenses
Projects with a narrow religious purpose or focus
Capital construction projects
Tickets or sponsorships for charitable events
Political campaigns or lobbying efforts
STEP 2: INQUIRY SUBMISSIONS
INQUIRY SUBMISSION PROCESS
As part of our process, the Funeral Service Foundation requires all potential program grant applicants to first submit an inquiry, which gives basic information about the proposed project or initiative.
The Funeral Service Foundation staff reviews all submitted inquiries. Those organizations whose inquiries are both a mission fit, and are determined to meet funding criteria and eligibility, may be asked to submit a full proposal, which will be reviewed by the Grants Committee.
INQUIRY SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Submission inquiries must include:
Name, phone number and email of primary contact
Brief description of program/project (150-200 words)
If asked to submit a full proposal, you will be required to submit the following key information:
Primary contact, title & information
Key staff roles involved in project
Requested amount and when funds are needed
Program/project budget, including indirect costs and other funding sources
Board member roster
Proof of 501 (c)(3) or tax-exempt status, budget and other requested materials
Sources for any supporting data
Self-identified qualifiable and quantifiable key measurables and benchmarks. Suggested areas include:
Targeted number of individuals served
Social media and online analytics
Your proposal must also include a 1,000-3,000-word narrative, which will:
Discuss project alignment with Foundation’s mission and giving pillars
Provide a case for support/demonstrate need
Identify target population(s)
Outline organization’s capacity to deliver the project/program
Define program/project success(es)
Note collaboration with other organizations
Include program/project-related communication & outreach plan, which includes Foundation’s project involvement, i.e. news releases, annual report mention, social media outreach.
The Grants Committee will review proposals to determine/ensure:
The project aligns with the Foundation’s mission and giving pillar(s)
The project is of national/international scope and significance
Demonstrated need for the project or program
Fiscal health and stability of organization
Applicants have the capacity to deliver an effective program with results-oriented, defined and measurable outcomes
The program has the potential to become sustainable or replicated
Collaboration is meaningful with responsibilities clearly defined
Quality and effectiveness of the project
STEP 4: GRANT COMPLIANCE
Once a proposal is funded, grantees are required to complete a mid-project progress report. Designed to collect both qualitative and quantitative information, the report allows the Foundation to compare targeted vs. actual results, and verify a measurable impact on funeral service.
A progress report will address the following questions:
Please indicate which population(s) your project served, and describe the problem/need you are addressing.
Describe how the project has progressed in achieving the key measurables as outlined in your proposal narrative. Do any measurables need adjustment? Why or why not?
Explain any problems encountered, unexpected benefits or lessons learned thus far.
Are additional strategies being considered to ensure the project’s continuation?
Have you met the goals outlined in your communication plan? Does the plan need to be adjusted? Why or why not? Provide copies as appropriate.
Please attach a year-to-date financial accounting for the project, specifying the use of foundation funds.
What project-related success thus far are you most proud of?
POST-PROJECT GRANT EVALUATION
Once a proposal is funded, grantees are required to complete a post-project grant evaluation. Designed to collect both qualitative and quantitative information, the report allows the Foundation to compare targeted vs. actual results, and verify a measurable impact on funeral service.
A post-project grant evaluation will address the following questions:
Please indicate which population(s) your project served, and describe the problem/need you addressed.
Explain any problems encountered, unexpected benefits or lessons learned during the term of the grant.
Was the project completed as planned? If not, please describe how the project changed and provide an explanation for the changes.
Did you meet, exceed or far exceed your key measurables as outlined in your proposal and/or progress report? Why or why not? Provide examples.
Note any publicity as outlined in your communication plan/progress report. Provide copies as appropriate.
Please attach complete financial accounting for the project, specifying the use of foundation funds.
What project-related success are you most proud of?