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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 is not answered here, please contact us.

How do I apply for a grant from the Konar Foundation?

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

You may refer to the Steps in Our Process section for additional guidance.

How do I determine if my organization is eligible for funding from the Konar Foundation?

The LOI form is open to any 501(c)(3) organization. You may refer to our website’s Priorities and About sections to determine if your proposal aligns with our mission, vision, values, and key funding priorities.

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

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

How far in advance should I begin the application process?

The earlier, the better. Each grant request is unique, so it is always recommended to begin the process as soon as possible. Please refer to the Timeline section for further guidance on submission deadlines and estimated turnaround times.

Does my organization need to complete an LOI if we have received funding from the Foundation in the past?

Yes. Every organization is required to complete an LOI regardless of its relationship or funding history with the Konar Foundation.

Invitations to apply for a grant are decided based on the information provided in your Letter of Inquiry (LOI). Your LOI also allows us to determine which application best suits your request and offer additional guidance and instruction as needed.

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

Letters of Inquiry are accepted on an ongoing basis, and there is no limit to the number that can be submitted. Applications are evaluated and funded on a quarterly basis.

Please note that repeat funding is contingent on the quality of the grantee’s final report.

Can I submit a hard copy application to the Konar Foundation?
No. All applications must be submitted through the online grant portal.
What is the grant size range?

There is no set range as each grant request is unique. However, we do not typically award first-time applicants grants more than $25,000.

Does the Konar Foundation make multi-year grants?

Most of our grants are one-year grants. But the Konar Foundation does award multi-year grants depending on the requested amount, the purpose of the request, and our relationship with the organization.

Should the Budget Worksheet cover the entire project or only the portion that the proposed grant would fund?

Your budget should cover the cost of the entire project. Revenues should equal expenses under the Budgeted column on the worksheet with a zero balance (e.g., if the amount you are requesting from the Foundation is intended to fund the entire project or initiative, then you would only complete line item number one under the Revenue Categories column).

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

Grant approvals will outline our expectations for monitoring and reporting. In addition, project directors may be asked to attend periodic meetings or provide a written report on the project’s findings in a form suitable for publication or other use by the Foundation. We like to be informed of upcoming events related to any initiatives that we fund.

Our staff is glad to participate and add value to projects we help fund over multiple years to the extent appropriate and possible.

In general, why isn’t a grant funded?

Each year, the Konar Foundation receives a sizable number of funding requests. As a result, the selection process is very competitive.

Most of our grants evolve from discussions with organizations aligned to our funding priorities. We place great value in establishing and nurturing long-term partnerships with organizations that share our vision and goals. Therefore, many of our grants reflect funding support and demonstrated impact over multiple years.

How should my organization acknowledge grants publicly?

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

What tips can you offer grant writers?

There is a wealth of high-quality grant-writing resources available online. Below are a few tips and suggestions we have compiled for grant seekers:

  • Precisely follow the guidelines for submission as outlined in our website’s Steps in Our Process section. Please refrain from including unnecessary attachments.
  • Brevity and clarity in your responses are greatly appreciated. Bullet points are encouraged where appropriate. Our staff and Board of Trustees must be able to fully understand the project, its anticipated audience, and its intended purpose clearly, free from jargon or acronyms.
  • Make a strong case for why your project should be funded versus others with similar goals and objectives. If you are aware of other organizations doing similar work, please address any areas in which your organizations overlap. We encourage collaboration whenever possible.
  • Ensure the budget you are requesting is appropriate for the project.
  • Do not inflate the asking amount. Many other organizations request funding, and only a limited amount is available for distribution.