The Board of Trustees has established the following policies and eligibility guidelines for Associations applying for Edward E. Ford Foundation grants.

• National, regional, state and local independent school associations located in the United States and other similar member associations where a majority of the member schools are otherwise eligible to make proposals to the Foundation, may be eligible to apply for a Traditional Grant as a part of either the June or November Agenda. Other domestic associations or organizations pursuing significant work in the independent school world can be considered upon the recommendation of the Executive Director to the Board.

• The Association Executive Director must have held the office for at least two years.

• Proposals from Associations must support programs that affect the work of students and faculty in independent secondary schools, grades 9-12. Support will not be provided for administrative expenses of the Association.

• The Director of any Association applying for a grant must meet with the Executive Director of the Foundation at the office in Brooklyn, New York to discuss the grant and matching component as well as the history and programs of the Association, its funding sources, and its plans for the future.

• The Association Director should send the completed Coversheet and Supplementary Information Form and a copy of the current operating budget for the Association at least one week in advance of meeting with the Executive Director. Please see Associations section of the Traditional Grant Application Guidelines for further information.

• Proposals developed collaboratively by more than one Association can be considered.

• The Board expects a matching component appropriate to the particular proposal. The means for raising the match should be discussed with the Executive Director

• Matching funds may include gifts or grants in response to the Foundation’s grant, fees and other charges generated by a project, or monies transferred from other resources. Some appropriate portion of the total cost of the project will be supplied by sources other than the grant of the Foundation. A Resolution of the Board of the Association to this point is sufficient for a request to the Trustee to release the funds granted.

• Funds may be expended over a period of fiscal years or at one time. The expected spending plan must be outlined in the proposal.

• Associations must wait at least four years before making another application whether or not a grant is made.

• Associations receiving grants will be expected to share with the appropriate constituencies efforts made possible through the grant.

• Associations are expected to report back to the Foundation on the results of the grant once the money has been put to use.

• All correspondence should be sent to the Executive Director at the Brooklyn, New York office.

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