Given the fact that the Foundation is named after two of our cats, Fireworks and Dolly, we follow the feline aversion to regimentation, however volume has forced us to become more formal in our procedures.
The first thing you need to do before you contact us is determine if your organization is eligible to apply for a grant (if you're a returning grantee you're already eligible). We fund in five different focus areas and specific geographic locations. Please refer to the eligibility guidelines for details.
Letter of Inquiry/Proposal
Once you've determined that you're eligible, you can send us a letter of inquiry (LOI). Our 2013 open solicitation period for Environmental Conservation, Community Development, and Immigration and Human Rights closed on March 31. We are no longer accepting LOIs from new applicants in these focus areas this year. Traumatic Brain Injury and Middle East Peace requests may be submitted at any time. We will post information on our 2014 open solicitation period later this year.
Within about 3 months we will decide whether to request a proposal from your LOI submission. If we request a proposal from you, it means we're interested in your project but it doesn't necessarily mean we're going to give you a grant. You can expect to find out within 3 months of a proposal submission if your organization will receive funding from us.
If You Get a Grant
Congratulations! We will need something from you immediately. You have to send us a grant receipt letter which must contain the words: "no goods or services were received by the Firedoll Foundation in exchange for this grant."
If you're a current Firedoll grantee you should email an End of Year Report one month before the end of your grant year. Any request for renewed funding should be submitted simultaneously.