The Gerber Foundation
Application Deadlines: Grant awards are approved in May and November. Initial letters of inquiry are accepted at any time but should be submitted no later than five months prior to these award dates. For the May round, submit letters prior to December 1; for the November round, submit letters prior to June 1.
Description: The foundation’s mission focuses on infants and young children. Accordingly, priority is given to projects that improve infants’ and young children’s nutrition, care, and development from the year before birth to three years of age. Programs should support a specific health or nutrition intervention and have defined outcome parameters. The foundation gives priority to projects of national or regional impact. Projects should be sufficiently focused to make an appreciable difference in the field of interest.
Who May Apply: Organizations recognized as tax-exempt under Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3) are eligible to apply for foundation grants. Organizations must also be determined not to be private foundations under Internal Revenue Code 509. No grants are made to individuals. With few exceptions, only organizations with principal operations in the United States and its territories are eligible for funding. There is no geographic limitation within the United States.
Funding Amount: While there is no policy affecting the dollar amounts of foundation grants, there are some practical considerations. Projects requiring small grants (generally under $50,000) are typically local in scope and impact, and therefore may not be within the scope of national funding initiatives. Large requests (greater than $1 million annually) may exceed available foundation resources. Please describe your need for funds in a way that makes sense for the specific request. Clearly describe the impact foundation dollars will have on the course of the project.
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