Grant FAQs

Our nonprofit receives two kinds of grants from you. What is the difference?

Fund holder advises from his/her named fund about the grants that to go to nonprofit. This is called a Donor Advised Grant.

WFACF also has a competitive grant cycle. Nonprofit completes application, application is reviewed by WFACF Grant Committee, and grant award is made according to the Grant Committee’s selections.

What is a letter of intent?

A letter of intent is a one page document that tells the “who, what, when, where, why, and how much” of your request. Provide information which tells who your organization is and the general purpose, what the funds will be used for, the area and group of people that are served, why there is a need, and how much you are requesting.

Is a letter of intent required for the Volunteer Fire Department grant application cycle?

No, the letter of intent is just used for the Unrestricted Grant cycle due to the volume of requests that are received for the grant cycle. See the FAQ’s – VFD Grants for further details on that application process.

How will I know to submit an application after the letter of intent has been submitted?

Each request will receive a reply within two weeks after the LOI is due, either a letter stating that the request will not be considered at this time, or asking for a complete grant application packet to be submitted. All complete grant applications will be due within 30 days from the letter of intent deadline, see Grant Application for deadlines.

Why do I have to submit my application in multiple copies?

The WFACF grant committee is also a non-profit organization with a limited budget and staff for processing applications, therefore we ask that you submit your application in multiple copies, one for each grant committee member to review, due to the volume of requests that we receive.

Are there restrictions on what a grant can be used for?

Yes, see Grant guidelines and grant restrictions under our Grant Policies section.

When will I know if my organization has been awarded a grant?

The grant applications are processed into a database, reviewed by the grant committee members, and recommendations are made to the Board of Directors for approval of grant awards. Once the awards are approved by the Board of Directors, letters will be mailed to all applicants, usually within 90 days of submitting the grant application package.

Once our organization has been awarded a grant, when will we receive the funds?

Unrestricted Grant awards will be distributed in April each year.

How often can I apply for a grant reward with WFACF?

An organization can only receive one Unrestricted Grant award in a 12 month period.

My grant award agreement states that a final report is required. What information is needed on a final report?

A grant report form is available at wfacf.org/grants/grants report. This is a fillable pdf form which gives information regarding the status of the project and expenditures, as well as what the funds were used for. Please complete, sign, and submit this form to our office by the deadline noted on your grant award agreement.