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). Please note that inquiries from new applicants are restricted to the first quarter of the year. Returning grantees may submit a renewal request at anytime. Our next open solicitation period is in 2020 and is from January 1 to March 31, 2020. We will accept LOIs for Community Development, Middle East Peace, and Immigration and Human Rights. Our Environmental Conservation Program Area is indefinitely closed. We will not be accepting any unsolicited Environmental Conservation inquiries in 2020. If you are a current Environmental Conservation grantee you may submit a renewal request. Traumatic Brain Injury requests may be submitted at any time during the year. Again, please refer to our letter of inquiry page for the required guidelines.
Within about three 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 three months of a proposal submission if your organization will receive funding from us. If you have not heard from us in that time, please check in with us for an update. If we DECLINE TO FUND your request, then you must wait one full year before reapplying.
Where to send
Electronic submissions may be sent to LOI@firedoll.org
If you prefer to send by post, please mail to:
1460 Maria Lane, Suite 400
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
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 no earlier than one month before the end of your grant year. Any request for renewed funding should be submitted simultaneously.