General Guidelines for Making Grants


  1. Preference is extended to those applicants that received foundation contributions prior to December 1983.

  2. All applications should be signed by authorized persons or officials of the institution making the request. All applicants must have been determined by the IRS to be tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the I.R.C and classified as "not a private foundation" as defined under section 509(a). Photocopies of the above determination letter must be submitted at the time of the first application to the foundation. Copies will not be required with each additional application.

  3. A standard grant application form is not required for grants of $5000 or less, but it is available to be filled out online here and is of help to the trustees in evaluating proposals. The grant form must accompany grant requests exceeding $5.000. The form includes space for a brief outline of the objectives of the grant project, and how the project will benefit our target areas.

  4. Grants are made to organizations located in the Alexandria, Louisiana metropolitan area, and for projects that primarily benefit Alexandria. The trustees review and study each proposal submitted, but many worthwhile needs cannot be met because of the limited funds available for distribution each year. A very limited amount of funding is available for projects outside of Alexandria, primarily the New Orleans and Seattle areas. Grant forms must be obtained from, and submitted to, trustees residing in those areas.

  5. No awards to individuals will be considered or granted.

  6. No awards for fundraisers will be considered or granted.

  7. Grants for endowments will generally not be considered or granted.

  8. The trustees make no commitment or guarantees regarding future grants from the foundation. In view of the limited funds for distribution and the number of qualified applicants, the trustees suggest that proposals not be submitted in consecutive years.

  9. Applications for contributions should be submitted prior to March 15 to be considered at the spring board meeting and should be submitted prior to September 15 to be considered at the fall board meeting. The general policy of the trustees is to wait until all applications for each deadline are received before taking action on any request. Notification of a decision should not be expected until sometime between April 30 and October 31. Notice of grants approved will be given by written contract or letter.

  10. Please combine your grant requests with your attachments into a single pdf file. Please email your request in pdf format to grants@cougnlinsaunders.org. You can also download the application part of your grant request in Microsoft Word Here. Include your attachments in the Microsoft Word file and send to grants@coughlinsaunders.org.