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Frequently Asked Questions


What is the foundation’s annual grantmaking budget?

The foundation granted $6.4 million in 2015, $19.2 million in 2016, and $23.6 million in 2017. We anticipate making approximately $23.5 million in grants in 2018.

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 alignment 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 the 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 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.