Grant Guidelines

2019-2020 GRANT GUIDELINES  Apply For A Grant

These guidelines are designed to serve as a general guide for applicants to the Benson Area Community Foundation. In reviewing a proposal, the Board will look for evidence of the following.

  • The proposal should be submitted by a 501c3 organization, a unit of government, or by a public agency.       Organizations that are not tax exempt must apply through a suitable fiscal agent willing to accept financial responsibility for the project.
  • The Foundation prefers projects that are submitted by local applicants.
  • Ideally, target populations are involved early in the development of the proposed project. (i.e. businesses, youth, aging, people of color, etc.)
  • The proposal should incorporate an innovative approach and avoid duplication of efforts.
  • A proposal should have clearly stated goals.
  • Partnerships are important. A proposal should exhibit evidence of appropriate partnerships. Applications should include letters of support from involved agencies, organizations, and individuals clearly outlining both their support and contributions to the success of the project.
  • Grants generally range from $500 to $1,000 but are not limited to these amounts. The Foundation customarily will consider funding up to 50% of a project.       Generally, the remaining 50% should be provided through other sources including in-kind.
  • Additional project funding may be considered annually but at a declining funding level for up to 3 years.
  • When appropriate, proposals should show evidence of one or more ways to continue the project beyond Foundation funding.


The Benson Area Community Foundation will give priority consideration to proposals that address the following local needs:

  • Arts and humanities
  • Community: education, development and quality of life
  • Health
  • Parks and recreation


Grants will serve the general population in the greater Benson area.


Types of support offered by the Benson Area Community Foundation include:

  • Capital (land, building renovation, equipment, computer systems)
  • Conferences/seminars
  • Curriculum development
  • Exhibitions
  • Performances
  • Publications
  • Program development
  • Research
  • Start-up funds

The Benson Area Community Foundation generally will NOT make grants for:

  • Religious purposes/activities
  • Lobbying or political activities
  • For-profit businesses
  • Debt retirement
  • Ongoing, open-ended grants
  • Operating expenses
  • Administrative budgets for existing organizations
  • Programs or services mandated by law
  • National fundraising campaigns
  • Endowment drives
  • Scholarships
  • Individuals