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Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page. Here you will find answers to the most common questions people ask about the William & Sheila Konar Foundation, our funding priorities, and our application and grant-making process. If you have a question that isn’t answered here, please contact us.

How do I apply for a grant from the Foundation?

The Letter of Intent (LOI) is the first step in the application process. Based on the information provided, we will determine whether to invite your organization to submit an RFP.

Do we have to be a tax exempt organization to apply for funding?

Yes. Part of the Letter of Intent (LOI) submission will include the letter you received from the IRS acknowledging that your organization is exempt from income tax under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

What else is required for our Letter of Intent (LOI) submission?

The Letter of Intent (LOI) process is designed to give us a brief overview of your organization and the reason for your grant request.  We ask for information about:

  • The leadership and financial background of your organization,
  • The leaders of the program or project to be funded,
  • IRS letter acknowledging your organization’s tax exempt status, and
  • The program you would like us to fund, including the population and number of people to be served, and ways in which the program aligns with our mission and vision.
What do you mean by “Number of People to Be Served”?

Approximately how many people will be directly impacted by the execution of the grant? For example, if you are delivering an intervention to a school with 500 students but expect that it will only impact the 65 students in the third grade, then the number of people to be served would be 65.

Is application open to any non-profit?

Application for funding is open to any 501(c)(3) organization whose mission and vision align with those of the William & Sheila Konar Foundation. The first step in the application process is to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI). Details on all of the steps in our grant-making process can be found here.

How often can an organization apply for funding? Can a group submit more than one proposal in a year?

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis, and there is no limit to the number of Letters of Intent (LOI) that can be submitted. Initiatives are evaluated and funded on a quarterly basis. Details on all of the steps in our grant-making process can be found here.

Should the budget cover the entire project or only that portion that the proposed grant would be funding?

Your budget should cover only the portion this grant would be funding.

What are your criteria for awarding a grant?

In determining the levels of support appropriate for different organizations, the Foundation will be guided by the philanthropic goals and priorities of its founders, William and Sheila Konar. These goals and priorities include the support of programs and institutions, in Rochester, New York and elsewhere, which:

  • Enhance opportunities for education;
  • Benefit the Jewish community;
  • Support Rochester cultural and civic organizations;
  • Promote access to and improvement of health care services; and
  • Provide education about the consequences of prejudice and hatred and promote ethnic, religious, and cultural understanding and tolerance.
When will I hear whether my project will be funded?

All award notifications and checks (if applicable) will be processed by the following dates.

March Cycle – Tuesday, March 16-Friday, April 2, 2021

June Cycle – Tuesday, June 29-Friday, July 16, 2021

August Cycle – Tuesday, August 31-Friday, September 17, 2021

November Cycle – Tuesday, November 16-Friday, December 3, 2021

In general, why isn’t a grant funded?

Each year, there is an extremely positive response to our Grants Program. This makes the selection process very competitive. We cannot comment on individual entries, but we do encourage you to apply for the Foundation’s future grant cycles.

Can I apply for funding even if my organization is not based in Rochester?

Yes.  In general, we give first priority to organizations in or near Monroe County, New York.

Does the Konar Foundation have a policy regarding overhead or indirect costs?

We have no fixed policy regarding administrative expenses that are related to overall operations and are shared among projects, programs, and functions. Generally speaking, we prefer to see our grants tied to specific initiatives.

Will my organization be required to submit a report detailing its use of the grant funds?

Yes. Details regarding final report requirements will be provided to grant recipients.

Does the Foundation perform site visits?

We do. The site visit periods for each grant cycle are as follows. A PDF with details about site visits can be downloaded here.

March Cycle – June-July, 2021

June Cycle – August-September, 2021

August Cycle – October-November, 2021

November Cycle – December 2021-January, 2022

How should my organization acknowledge this grant publicly?

We do not require public acknowledgement for any grant.  If you choose to publicly acknowledge a grant because it serves your organizational purpose, we ask that you contact us two weeks prior to doing so. Details regarding publicity are provided to grant recipients in their award letters.

My organization has received funding in the past from the Konar Foundation. Are we eligible to apply for another grant?

Yes. A new request can be submitted in a subsequent grant cycle. Please note that repeat funding is contingent on the quality of a grantee’s final report.

Can my organization apply to different categories in the same year?

Yes, as long as your requests are appropriate to those categories and one of the Foundation’s primary focus areas.

What can we expect in terms of ongoing contact with the Foundation?

Project directors may be asked to attend periodic meetings or to provide a written report on the project’s findings in a form suitable for publication or other use by the Foundation. We also would like to be informed of upcoming events related to initiatives that we fund. To the extent appropriate and possible, our staff will be glad to participate and add value to projects we help fund over multiple years.

What tips can you offer grant writers?

A wealth of high-quality grant-writing resources is available online. We recommend the resources below. Additionally, it is important to follow the guidelines for submission as set forth on the Apply page of our website.

How to Write a Grant Proposal – Appalachian Regional Commission

How to Write a Grant Proposal – Nonprofit Quarterly

Purdue Online Writing Lab’s Introduction to Grant Writing

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