Proposals should address specific objectives within these orientations, include a timeline how the objectives will be reached, and a statement of anticipated impact on the local society. Proposals should limit funding requests to one year in the range of $l,000 to $10,000. It is important that proposals and project reports, due at the end of the funding period, suggest ways in which the particular experience could be replicated elsewhere or impact situations outside the local area. Proposals are encouraged for seed projects that lead to broader funding and matching grants among organizations and institutions focused, first, on people’s needs and problems in the area of sustainability and, second, creativity and new ideas that enhance awareness and possibly lead to resolution of those needs and problems.

Grant Cycles and Deadlines

Established in 1998, the Foundation will provide its initial grants in two cycles: MAY GRANT – (submissions due by April 15th) and the NOVEMBER GRANT – ( submissions due by October 15). All proposals must be post marked by April 15 or October 15 (respectively) in order to be considered by the deadline of the funding cycle. Early submission is strongly recommended. Funding normally will be for one year.

Grant Proposal Process

In addition, include one (1) copy of each of the following attachments:

    1. Brief cover letter signed by a representative of the organization
    2. Copy of the IRS letter designating non-profit charitable status
    3. Current budget of income and expenses
    4. Recent annual report, preferably signed by an independent accountant
    5. One (1) hard copy of the proposal
    6. One (1) electronic copy on CDR or sent via e-mail

The main proposal should be concise (maximum 5 single-spaced pages) and organized as follows:

    1. Contact information for organization or individual proposal representative (including mailing and e-mail addresses, phone and fax number etc…)
    2. Summary or abstract of proposal
    3. Brief history of the organization and its purpose
    4. Clear Statement of the problem or issue to be addressed and the objectives to be achieved
    5. Approach or methods, including a timeline
    6. Budget
    7. Clients to be served, anticipated impact and success, and an evaluation plan

Email your submission to:

Organizations without internet or computer access; mail a hard copy by U.S. Postal Service to the following address:

Foundation for Sustainability and Innovation
P.O. Box 149
Laguna Beach, CA 92652