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An educational foundation designed to promote learning throughout the lifespan
and to encourage people to improve the quality of life in their community
The Guido A. and Elizabeth H. Binda Foundation welcomes proposals from non-profit organizations that promote creative educational projects in Calhoun County. The following guidelines help direct our funding decisions:

1. Program Areas:
The Foundation will consider requests that fall within the following interest areas:
• Education
• Arts/Culture
• Health Education and Human Services
• Civic & Community

2. Geographic Considerations:
The Foundation prefers to target:
• primarily Calhoun County;
• Organizations serving Calhoun County and
headquartered elsewhere; and
• exceptions at the Board's discretion.

3. Funding Priorities:
Creative educational projects receive the highest consideration. We do not contribute to ongoing operating funds or short-term personal opportunities such as trips, conferences or summer camps. We are not allowed, by law, to make grants to individuals. Grants to capital campaigns or endowments are considered on a very limited basis.

4. Qualifying Organizations/Projects:
To be eligible for support, the organization or institution, as well as the purpose of the proposed project, must qualify under non-profit regulations of the United States Internal Revenue Service.

5. Sustainability:
Projects must demonstrate the potential to continue the funded work in a self-renewing manner after Binda Foundation funding ceases.

We have implemented an online two-step application process which helps potential Grantees better understand and prepare the actual application for consideration by the Foundation Board of Trustees.

I. AN ONLINE LETTER OF INQUIRY is the requested means of initial contact - please follow this link to submit your Online Letter of Inquiry and describe the project for which funds are sought. By following the automated steps in the Online Letter of Inquiry you will be able to provide the following:
1. A brief description of the program;
2. Who is being served;
3. Dates of the project;
4. The anticipated request amount; and
5. Any other sources of support.

Online Letters of Inquiry can be submitted at any time. If the request is within the scope of the Foundation’s mission, you will then receive a link to proceed to the second step: the Online Grant Application.

II. ONLINE APPLICATIONS must be received by April 1st and November 1st of any year. If your Online Grant Application is received on time, a confirmation email will be sent to you. Applications will then be considered by the Foundation Grant Review Committee at its next meeting. Recommendations made by the Committee are submitted to the Binda Foundation Board of Trustees for their consideration in January or June. Applicants will be advised of the Board's decisions shortly thereafter.

To assist you in the preparation of your Letter of Inquiry and Application, the following are some of the reasons an Application may be denied:
•  the Application fails to meet one or more of the 5 general guidelines above;
•  the Application generally duplicates another Foundation project; or
•  other Applications approved by the Board take precedence at this time.

In certain cases, the Board will request that an Application be revised and/or resubmitted for consideration at some future time. Should you have any questions concerning the Eligibility Quiz results, the Online Letter of Inquiry, or the Online Grant Application, please follow the links in the upper right-hand corner for additional “Resources” or to “Contact Us.”

In fiscal year 2015-16, The Guido A. and Elizabeth H. Binda Foundation granted $886,380.00 in the following program areas:

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