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 Outreach Committee selects an area of interest and focus annually. Organizations must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, must 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 application process:

  • Submit Letter of Inquiry (LOI)
  • Outreach Committee reviews submitted LOI’s
  • The Committee selects one applicant to develop and submit a full application
  • Application reviewed and considered for funding by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees
  • Grant awards announced in August

The Outreach Initiative will not be active in 2020 due to the extensive challenges evolving from the coronavirus (COVID-19). The Committee plans to resume the Outreach Initiative in 2021. The area of interest and focus for 2021 will be announced in early 2021. The Foundation will publicize when the Letter of Inquiry application process is open. Please check back in early March 2021 for more information.

If you are interested in learning more about the Outreach Initiative; please email contact information to [email protected] and list in the subject line “Outreach Initiative.”

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