Application

COVID-19 UPDATE:

Please submit all letters of inquiry and grant proposals electronically to info@fisafoundation.org

There is no need to mail or drop off hard copies of proposals to the FISA Foundation office.

NOTE: FISA announced an open call for Letters of Inquiry for programs and projects to advance the rights and improve the lives of people with disabilities.  For details about this announcement and for specific directions about applying for any grant related to people with disabilities, see the full announcement.

Step 1: Initial Inquiry

NOTE: Unsolicited inquiries are accepted but unsolicited proposals are not.

Grant applicants are encouraged to submit a 2-3-page letter of inquiry outlining the need to be addressed, a brief description of the proposed project or program, and the amount of the request. Letters should be accompanied by a completed Application form.
FISA Grant Application form in Word
Download FISA Grant Application form in PDF

Email your Letter of Inquiry and completed Grant application Form to info@fisafoundation.org

Letters of inquiry are reviewed on a monthly basis. You will receive an update about the status of your inquiry within six weeks.

NOTE: If you are submitting a letter of inquiry related to people with disabilities, please follow the specific instructions outlined here.

Step 2: Submission of a Full Proposal

If you are invited to submit a Full Proposal, either the Executive Director or Program Officer will contact you to discuss the scope and specifications of your request as well as the deadline for submission.

PROPOSAL SPECIFICATIONS:

FISA accepts (but does not require) the Common Grant Application Format for proposals. The format may be adjusted but must include:

  • FISA Grant Application form  NOTE: There is no need to also submit the Common Grant Application coversheet. If you submitted an application form with the Letter of Inquiry there is no need to resubmit the form with the proposal, unless the content has changed.
  • Cover letter: One-page letter to FISA’s Executive Director outlining the purpose and amount of the grant request and its expected outcomes.
  • Executive summary:  One page, highlighting the major points of the proposal. It is not necessary to include the organization’s historical background in this summary.
  • Narrative: Be concise (maximum of six pages, with a minimum type size of 12 point). It should include a section on the organization’s history and current activities followed by a description of the proposed program or project and the problem to be addressed, the target population, the potential number of people to be served and the plan to meet objectives and evaluate outcomes.
  • Project Budget: Line item revenue and expense budget for the program or project specifying how FISA grant funds will be allocated. Specify amounts requested from other funders to which proposal has been submitted. Note: There is no need to allocate costs when requesting general operating support.
  • Attachments: Attachments are specified on the FISA Foundation Application form, but the list is also included below for your reference:
    Note: Any attachments that were submitted with a letter of inquiry do not need to be resubmitted with a Full Proposal.

    • Board of Directors list. Include affiliations, race, gender, and disability status. It is acceptable to include demographic percentages rather than identifying information about each board member.
    • Brief bios of the key staff with oversight of proposed project/service
    • Organizational budget (use condensed version, 1-2 pages max)
    • Most recent audited financial statements
    • (optional) Agency brochures or other collateral

SUBMITTING A PROPOSAL:

  • Prepare proposals simply and economically.
  • Submit four key parts of the proposal electronically in the following manner:
    • Combine the cover letter, executive summary, proposal narrative and project budget into one Word document (no PDFs please) and name it “organization name proposal.doc”.
    • Other attachments should be labeled clearly.
    • Email to info@fisafoundation.org
  • You will receive an emailed acknowledgement that your proposal has been received.

Step 3: Review Process

FISA Foundation has a two-step proposal review process that generally takes four months from the initial inquiry to grant approval or declination.

  • All proposals are reviewed by staff and the Grant Review Committee of the board. You may be contacted for additional information, a site visit, or a conference call. If the committee declines your proposal, you will be notified within two weeks after the meeting.
  • Proposals that are approved by the Grant Review Committee are then placed on the agenda for consideration and vote by FISA Foundation’s Board of Directors.

Step 4: Reporting Process

Grant recipients are required to submit a written report and evaluation of the funded project or program. The timetable and content of these reports will be specified by the Foundation when the grant is approved. Most reports are due 30 days after the end of the grant term.

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