The following is a brief overview of the funding process employed by the Three Rivers Foundation.
Step 1 – Determine Eligibility to Apply: Review our eligibility criteria and verify your organization and project meet the basic parameters of the Three Rivers Foundation.
Step 2 – Determine Appropriate Funding Round: Funds for 2013 have not yet been allocated, however, the Foundation will know more sometime in the second quarter of the year. No firm dates for next gifting are available at this time.
Step 3 – Complete Our New Online Application: Complete your application using our new online system. Simply click the "Sign Up" button at the top of this page and create a new user account. Once an account is created you will receive an email prompting you to access the site and log in as a new user. Once logged in you can create a new application and begin filling it out. Make sure your application is fully completed and includes all information requested including the required attachments and signed cover letter before submitting. You can save your application and access it again at any time by clicking the "save" button at the bottom of the application page. To access your saved application, log back into our site using your username and password. Click on the "application list" link on the left side of the page. Click "edit" to access your saved application and continue filling it out. Once the application is completely filled out, click "Submit" and your application will be sent to us!
Step 4 – Additional Information: Prior to the Trustees meeting the Three Rivers Foundation may contact your organization for additional information, due to the short timeline between the application deadline and the Trustees meeting your prompt reply will be appreciated.
Step 5 – Award Decisions: The Three Rivers Foundation Trustees will meet and review all application packets that have been determined to meet eligibility requirements. During this meeting the Trustees will determine conditions and amounts for any grant awards they may elect to offer. Awardees and those who were not selected for grant awards will be notified by U.S. Mail by the “award notification date” (see above). Due to the limited staffing capacity of the Three Rivers Foundation, please do not contact the foundation to inquire about the status of your application.
Step 6 – Grant Agreements: Applicants who have been chosen for a grant award from the Three Rivers Foundation will receive a written Grant Agreement describing the 1) the size of the award, 2) the acceptable use of Three Rivers Foundation funds, 3) any conditions to the award, and 4) the agreement that the awardee will complete a Grant Report at the conclusion of the project period. The grant award is not official and should not be publicized until an authorized representative of the organization being awarded a grant has signed and returned the Grant Agreement.
Step 7 – Receipt of Award: The Three Rivers Foundation will hold a luncheon celebration for awardees at which time checks will be presented for most awardees. While all awardees are encouraged to attend, the Trustees may have attached conditions (such as matching funds be raised) to some awards that may delay the issue of checks for some grants.
Step 8 – Project Period: The Three Rivers Foundation does not provide multi-year grants. Therefore, the project period for the grant funded program/project will generally be limited to a twelve-month period. The specific grant period for each grant awarded project will be enunciated on the Grant Agreement.
Step 9- Project Outcomes: The grant application on which the grant award is based will have included anticipated project outcomes. At the end of the project period, the awardee will be asked to report on these outcomes along with the overall impact of the project. Therefore, when applicable awardees are encouraged to collect baseline data prior to the project and at the conclusion of the project in order to document and report project impact.
Step 10 – Grant Report: At the end of the project period, awardees will be required to provide a written Grant Report utilizing the Three Rivers Foundation Grant Report template. The submission of a completed report to the Three Rivers Foundation will successfully close-out the grant process and result in awardees becoming eligible to re-apply to the Three Rivers Foundation for additional funding.