The Application Process: The Osa Foundation currently accepts grant proposals on an “invitation only” basis. Through a rigorous assessment process, we identify and select results-oriented organizations whose programs and infrastructure bring innovation, excellence and sustainability to bear in executing their mission.
In addition to the following, grant proposals must address your organization’s synergies with the mission and values of The Osa Foundation and demonstrate how an Osa Foundation grant will be maximized.
- Organization overview, track record of impact and description of program to be funded, including how its success will be measured – limit to 3 pages
- Please note: Requests for renewed funding should also include a report on the prior year’s grant
- Resume of Executive Director and key staff overseeing program to be funded, Financial statements (preferably audited) for prior year and organizational budget for current fiscal year
- Budget for program to be funded, including anticipated sources of support, copy of most recent IRS determination letter and statement of organization’s belief that it currently meets the requirements of a public charity under section 409(a) of the internal revenue code
Timing: The Osa Foundation makes grant decisions two times a year pursuant to a spring and fall funding cycle.
- Site visits occur in March and April
- Proposals due by May 1
- Notification of awards will occur in June
- Site visits occur in August, September (non-schools only) and October
- Proposals due by October 1
- Notification of awards will occur in late November or December
Invitation to Prospective Literacy Grantees
The Osa Foundation is now accepting letters of inquiry from nonprofit organizations that identify and assist kindergarteners through 3rd graders struggling to develop solid reading and writing skills. Please limit your letter of inquiry to one page and include:
- Brief overview of the program seeking funding, including method(s) used to identify and/or assist struggling students
- Brief description of the population served, including
- Number of students
- Grade-level of students
- Student demographics
- Geographic area served
- Evidence of the program’s impact on students’ literacy skills
- Operating budget for the current fiscal year (i.e., the total estimated amount of money it costs to run the program this year – details are not needed)
We will contact the author of the letter of inquiry if we are interested in learning more about your program. At this time we ask all communication be conducted through email only.
Letters of inquiry shall be submitted to:
President, The Osa Foundation