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Frequently Asked Questions


What is the foundation’s annual grantmaking budget?

In 2016, the foundation awarded approximately $19 million. In 2017, the foundation expects to award approximately $25 million.

What is an average grant size?

Grant size varies depending on a variety of factors, including an organization’s budget, services provided, community need, and how the organization’s work aligns with the foundation’s program areas. Grant awards range from $10,000 to $500,000 and the average grant is approximately $100,000.

Please click here to explore our grants list.

Does the foundation require any reporting?

No, we currently do not have any formal grant reporting requirements. We will occasionally request feedback or participation in some form of evaluation (online survey, phone call) to learn more about the community our grantees serve or ways to better support their work.

In addition to general and project support, what other opportunities does Sunlight Giving have for funding?

We ask organizations to identify their greatest need for funding, and where possible, respond accordingly. We occasionally provide funding for capacity building efforts and opportunities to offer their clients and/or employees special events. Capacity building and bright spots grant funds are only available for current grantees, and are managed on a case-by-case basis.