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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 Social 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: first, a Letter of Inquiry, and secondly the Grant Application. These two steps are separate.

Step 1 - Letter of Inquiry: Please submit the Letter of Inquiry online. The automated process will request the following information:
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.

Once the Letter of Inquiry has been submitted and reviewed and the proposed grant is found to be within the context of the Foundation's mission and goals, you will receive an email to proceed to the second step. The Letter of Inquiry can be submitted anytime up to 3 weeks prior to the biannual application submission deadline.

Step 2 - Grant Applications: Please use the online grant software to access and submit your Grant Application. The deadlines for application submission are April 1 and November 1 of each year.

Recommendations for Grants based on all Applications are made by the Grant Review Committee to the Binda Foundation Board of Trustees for their consideration in January and June of each year. Applicants will be notified of the Board's final decisions within two weeks after the meeting.

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 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 online Letter of Inquiry, or the online Grant Application, please feel free to contact us.

In fiscal year 2018, The Guido A. and Elizabeth H. Binda Foundation granted $956,388.00 in the following program areas:

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