"We don't accept unsolicited applications."
What this means and what this doesn't mean.
This means, "Don't just put together an entire standard proposal and send it off in whatever fashion is most convenient." You may hit your goal of number of proposals submitted, but it will hardly be effective.
This doesn't mean, "Sit and wait for the foundation to call you and invite you to submit a proposal."
The message here is, "Do your research!" For instance, the A.V. Hunter Trust's website clearly encourages you to call. When we say, "We don't accept unsolicited applications" that means we don't want you to spend the time and effort to compile a standard proposal if your organization's mission is not a fit with the Trust's current funding priorities. Other foundations operate differently. Simply following directions will get you started off on the right foot with your future funders.
The A.V. Hunter Trust has established a system to respond personally to requests for information. We only ask that you first familiarize yourself with the information we have compiled here for your convenience. Your suggestions for how we may improve our approach are always welcome.
The following guidelines will help you determine if your program is eligible for funding from the A.V. Hunter Trust. After reviewing this information, please call us with any questions or suggestions. Our goal is to help you get your proposal funded or save you precious time preparing a proposal that won't be considered.
The Trust will consider only one request from an organization during any calendar year.
Organizations must have been operating as a 501(c)(3) for at least three years.
The Trust does not accept proposals from organizations using a fiscal agent or fiscal sponsor.
All new Applicants must demonstrate fiscal responsibility by not having an operating deficit in the immediately completed fiscal year.
Applicant organizations must be located within the State of Colorado and benefit Colorado residents.
The A.V. Hunter Trust is pleased to award grants for general operating support. In order to fund this very broad, yet basic need, the Trust must narrow its focus.
Therefore, grant requests for the following types of support will not be reviewed:
• Capital campaigns or capital acquisitions, including construction and renovations
• Disease specific programs
• Educational programs or scholarship aid
• Gathering or disseminating information
• Purchase of tickets for fundraising benefits, special events or sponsorships
• Pass-through or start-up funds
• Publications, films or other media projects
• Research projects
• Staff recruitment and training
We encourage you to contact the Trust's office at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have regarding your organization's eligibility or the grant application process.