Grantmaking Guidelines

Grants are made only to U.S. public charities and are not made to individuals. The majority of the Foundation’s grantmaking is by invitation only. Although there are no geographic restrictions, grants often reflect the needs of the communities in which Trustees reside.

The William Bingham Foundation limits capital grants for new construction to projects that seek U.S. Green Building Council LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification at least at the Silver level or an alternative certification program. Grants for renovation are limited to projects that seek LEED, or similar certification. The Foundation supports higher education grants to Colleges and Universities that have signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment.

Application Procedures

The Foundation accepts applications by invitation only. Organizations that have been invited by the Foundation to submit a full proposal are required to contact the Foundation to obtain the appropriate forms and application deadlines.

Inquiries may be made to Foundation Staff.

Grantee Reporting

For Our Grantees: Please contact the Foundation for instructions on submitting your final report.


Outreach Initiative

The William Bingham Foundation’s (WBF) Outreach Committee selects an area of interest and focus each year. Organizations must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, demonstrate experience with the proposed focus area, and have the organizational capacity to conduct programs. The Foundation does not accept applications from programs designed to influence public policy. Nonprofit organizations that have received grants from the William Bingham Foundation previously are not eligible to apply. The foundation awards one grant up to $30,000.

The 2021 Outreach Initiative is focusing on Adult Literacy, to support a nonprofit organization providing programs that serve those with literacy needs in the Northeast Ohio area. The WBF 2021 Outreach Initiative goal is to support a program that focuses on improving adults’ basic literacy skills, with the potential to lead to the advancement of post secondary education, training, employment, career pathways, or General Education Development (GED) completion, or general literary needs.

The application process:

  • Submit a two-page letter of intent on or before April 14, 2021
  • Outreach Committee reviews submitted LOI’s
  • Committee selects one applicant to submit a full application on or before May 15, 2021
  • Application reviewed and considered for funding by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees
  • Grant award announced no later than August 2, 2021

Questions about the Outreach Initiative; please email contact information to [email protected] and list in the subject line “Outreach Initiative.”


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