Information for Grantseekers


The Davison Bruce Foundation is a private family foundation that seeks to improve the quality of life within our service areas by supporting programs that:
(1) focus on health and wellness for the disadvantaged and those affected by disease;
(2) teach life skills training and offer sustainable rehabilitation and transition for the needy; and
(3) empower and provide economic assistance for individuals and communities in crisis.

We pursue our mission by responding to community needs and supporting programs that build capacity and embrace the need for systemic change. We typically make grants to community-centric organizations with Christian leadership. Grantmaking is generally place based and limited to organizations operating in areas Where We Work. We occasionally consider grants for Christian programs and organizations that are U.S. domiciled but operate internationally or are otherwise outside of our service areas. Our church specific grants are limited to applicants that have a personal connection with the Davison Bruce Foundation.


Steps to Apply for Funding:
STEP 1:  Understand Our Funding Priorities & Service Areas
Please take time to review Our Mission, taking note of our Funding Priorities and Where We Work on the map provided.
We are interested in capacity building grants that foster Christian values and include support for efforts to increase organizational effectiveness as well as programs and projects that provide direct services to people in need.
STEP 2:  Understand Types of Support Available

Types of Support Available Overview
  • Program and Project Support: Provides financial assistance for new projects or programs or the expansion of existing projects or programs of grantees. Funding may be awarded for a mix of general purpose and project/program support to help grantees meet core costs and pilot new projects/programs.
  • General Purpose Grants: Provides financial assistance for the full range of the grantee’s activities. General purpose grants are designed to help grantees meet operating costs and grantees determine how the funds will be used within the parameters set forth in the LOI Form and Grant Application Form Package.
  • Capital Improvement Grants: Provides financial assistance for construction/renovation projects or for equipment purchases. To apply for a capital improvement grant, you must submit budget information for the project on the Grant Application Form Package. We may request other information or documentation to permit the Davison Bruce Foundation to fully evaluate your proposal.
  • Multi-Year Grants (Limited Availability - Up to Three Years Only): Detailed budgets for the entire multi-year grant period must be submitted for specific projects or programs. Budget information should be presented for each year of the project or program and should not be aggregated for the entire grant period. Importantly, budget revisions are permitted and should be discussed with foundation staff. Year end post grant reports will be required before additional payments may be made supporting a multi-year grant.
  • Matching Grants: The Davison Bruce Foundation encourages its grantees to seek matching gifts as a way to diversify the grantee organization’s funding sources. Generally, the grantee is required to match Davison Bruce Foundation funds at a fixed rate to be determined and set forth in the grant agreement. Matching funds may not be fulfilled by pledges and payment by the Davison Bruce Foundation is generally contingent upon the grantee submitting verification in writing of the source, dates and amounts of the matching contributions. We encourage our grantseekers to discuss their plans with us prior to requesting and/or establishing a matching grant program request.
  • Challenge or Lead Grants: The Davison Bruce Foundation encourages its grantees to consider challenge or lead grants in their respective communities to raise awareness regarding their work and accelerate their fundraising to a named, specific goal. We encourage our grantseekers to discuss their plans with us prior to requesting and/or establishing a challenge or lead grant program request.

What We Do Not Fund
  • No grants for organizations that do not have 501(c)(3) status
  • No grants or loans to individuals
  • No grants for medical or other research
  • No grants for endowments
  • Limited grants for scholarship assistance
  • No grants for political campaigns, lobbying activities or voter registration drives

Still have questions or concerns?
  • Someone will be more than happy to speak with you. You may contact us at any time via email or through the red Contact Us button at the bottom of this page.
STEP 3:  Understand Our Grant Process - FAQS

1. Your requirement that a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) Form be submitted prior to applying for a grant and completing and submitting a grant application was new for 2018. Does this new requirement mean that our organization will not be considered for a grant this year?
  • Not necessarily. The Davison Bruce Foundation wishes to focus its time on evaluating organizations that fit within the foundation’s mission statement, funding priorities and geographic areas of interest. Therefore, the foundation will sometimes discourage an organization from applying that is outside of the Davison Bruce Foundation’s mission and current grantmaking practices.
2. The Davison Bruce Foundation replied to our Letter of Inquiry and invited us to complete a Grant Application Form Package. Does this indicate a likelihood of our receiving a grant?
  • No. An invitation to complete the Davison Bruce Foundation Grant Application Form Package does not indicate a likelihood of receiving a grant. Grant applications are assessed based on a multiple of criteria including:

(a) Funding Interest: Does the request focus on one of the Davison Bruce Foundation’s funding interests?
(b) Impact: What is the depth and scope of the request’s proposed impact?
(c) Organizational Capacity: How capable is your organization of achieving the stated impact? Has your organization had previous success with the program or project and/or have previous successes created a need for additional operational support or capital improvement?
(d) Connections with the Davison Bruce Foundation’s extended network of members, stewards and staff.

3. What are the Grant Application Form Package deadlines?
  • Grant Application Form Package deadlines vary from year to year. If you are invited to complete a full proposal, please note that the deadline for Grant Application Form Packages is March 15th. Grant application submission deadlines are firm. Applications received after March 15th will be slated for review the following year and you may be asked to complete a new application.
4. What are the eligibility requirements to apply for a grant?
  • All grant applicants must qualify under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, be classified as a public charity and domiciled in the United States. Churches and governmental agencies are exempt, however the Davison Bruce Foundation does not make grants to governmental organizations. All grants must further religious, charitable, scientific, literary, or education purposes, or be for the prevention of cruelty to children or animals and may not be used for lobbying activities. More importantly, grants must embrace our mission and focus on the Davison Bruce Foundation’s funding priorities.
5. What types of funding are available?
  • Grants may be made for project, program and services provided support, special programs, general purpose and/or operating support or capital improvement.
6. Can a separate organization with a 501(c)(3) exemption apply on behalf of my organization?
  • No. Grants are not made through fiscal agents.
7. Is there a paper grant application process?
  • If you are invited to complete a Grant Application Form Package, using our online grant application process is preferred to ensure a timely response. We also offer a paper grant application process. If you prefer to apply by mail, please print our PDF Copy of Grant Application. The paper application must be completed in full, signed by an authorized officer of the applying organization and sent to the address below. Paper Grant Application Form packages may be mailed to:

Davison Bruce Foundation
1910 Waverly Parkway
Opelika, AL 36801

8. What other grant applicant requirements are there?
  • Grant applicants may be requested to supply additional information to supplement their Grant Application Form Package. Grant applicants may also be asked to make a presentation before the Foundation prior to grant approval. If awarded a grant, the Foundation will request that you enter into a grant agreement with us that describes the type of funding being awarded including any terms, conditions or restrictions.
9. How are grant decisions made?
  • Grants are approved by action of the Foundation following a rigorous internal review process. We will also review your Guidestar Report. If you have not claimed and updated your Guidestar profile, we suggest you go to www.guidestar.org to learn more about the benefits of keeping your Guidestar profile complete and up to date.
10. What is the duration, size and frequency of grant awards?
  • The amount an applicant receives is based on several factors including the amount requested, magnitude of the project, funds available for distribution, the level of the Foundation’s interest, previous grants awarded and other considerations.
11. Our organization has many needs. How can we determine which will most closely fit the interests of the Foundation?
  • Apply for what you need most unless it is specifically excluded in the guidelines.
12. Is it possible to ask for too much?
  • Yes. Optimism should never be a substitute for good judgment.
13. Does the Foundation make grants to indirect, overhead, or so-called “operating costs”?
  • Yes.
14. Does the Foundation make grants for capital purposes?
  • Yes.
15. Will a “naming opportunity” be attractive to the Foundation?
  • While the Foundation appreciates appropriate recognition, it never drives the Foundation’s decisions or participation.
16. Does the Foundation develop partnerships?
  • While the Foundation may make additional grants over time when warranted, it currently does not officially “partner” with any public charities. Receipt of a grant from the Foundation should be viewed as a one-time response to a specific request and future applications will be evaluated on their own merits. However, we are very interested in collaboration with and among our grantees, connecting our grantees with one another and welcome your questions and conversations in this regard.
17. What follow-up reports does the Foundation require from recipients?
  • An annual post grant report (Post Grant Report Form) must be submitted to us on or before January 31st of the year in which the grant funds are received in order for a grant recipient to be eligible for funding the following year. In addition, the foundation will follow-up with grantees on a regular basis during the grant cycle year.
18. Where can I access a copy of the Post Grant Report Form?
  • The Post Grant Report Form is available online to grantees. You will receive an email from the Davison Bruce Foundation toward the end of the year requesting that your organization complete and submit this report. The report should be completed in full and reference the specific amount, purpose, and date of the grant, as well as confirm its proper distribution. If you have not been able to fully utilize the funds as anticipated within the year, we ask that you include that information in your report.
19. Do you have additional questions regarding the Davison Bruce Foundation’s grantmaking process?
  • We invite you to contact us. Please don’t hesitate to email us with any questions you have regarding your Letter of Inquiry, Grant Application Form Package or Post Grant Report Form. We would be happy to discuss the possibility of a matching or lead grant with you and your organization. Please email us at: dbf@davisonbrucefoundation.org with your questions and someone from our office will contact you.
STEP 4:  Submit LOI by February 15 (Every Applicant, Every Year)
Your Letter of Inquiry (LOI) Form should describe the purpose and objectives of the program, project, or services provided, the amount of funding you are seeking and provide brief, basic budget information.
Letters of Inquiry are a yearly prerequisite to being invited to submit a grant application. Our LOI Form deadline is February 15th. Please note that LOI Forms submitted after this date may not give us adequate time to review your LOI Form within the grant cycle as our grant application deadline has a firm deadline of March 15th. Applications received after March 15th will be slated for review the following year and you may be required to complete a new LOI and Grant Application.
If your LOI is submitted before the February 15 deadline, you should receive notification of our decision via a personal email from our Executive Director by the end of February.

To Submit An LOI, choose one of the options below:

  • Complete and Submit Online:   Please note that if you clear your browser history, or if cookies are automatically cleared by your organization, your cached online LOI Form entries will be deleted if you log out before completing this form. Some people prefer to save a copy by checking the “save as pdf” option on their print menu; that allows them to refill their answers by cut-and-paste upon returning to the online form.
    Once you hit submit, you’re done! You will receive an automated email confirmation that your form was successfully submitted along with a copy of your LOI form. If you do not receive the automated email confirmation, please contact us.
  • Complete LOI Online


  • Complete Offline: Type-filling is preferred to handwritten forms. Use the Red button below to submit your completed PDF form. You will receive an email confirmation that your form was successfully submitted along with a copy of your LOI Form. If you do not receive the automated email confirmation, please contact us.

  • Download LOI to Complete Offline


  • Paper letters of inquiry may be mailed to:
Davison Bruce Foundation
1910 Waverly Parkway
Opelika, AL 36801
Attn: Letter of Inquiry

STEP 5:  WAIT for Notification Regarding Your LOI
Please do not proceed to Step 6 until you have received a personal emailed response from our Executive Director. Our application process is by invitation only. The Foundation usually begins reviewing LOIs in January; LOIs submitted prior to the first of the year will have a longer response time. If your LOI was submitted before the February 15 deadline, you should receive notification of our decision via a personal email from our Executive Director by the end of February.
If you have received an invitation to apply, please submit your Grant Application before March 15. Please note that March 15 is a firm deadline for all grant applications.
STEP 6:  BY INVITATION ONLY- Submit Grant Application by March 15
If you have received an invitation to apply, please submit your Grant Application before March 15. Please note that March 15 is a firm deadline for all grant applications.
The Davison Bruce Foundation is committed to grantmaking that affects needed change and adds value to the communities we serve. If you have been invited to complete a Grant Application Form Package, please follow the instructions below.
Note: If you have not yet been invited to apply for a grant, please refer to our Inquiry Process in Step 5.


To Submit An Application, choose one of the options below:

  • Complete and Submit Online:  Please note that if you clear your browser history, or if cookies are automatically cleared by your organization, your cached online Grant Application Form entries will be deleted if you log out before completing this form. Some people prefer to save a copy by checking the “save as pdf” option on their print menu; that allows them to refill their answers by cut-and-paste upon returning to the online form.
    Once you hit submit, you’re done! You will receive an automated email confirmation that your form was successfully submitted along with a copy of your Grant Application Form. If you do not receive the automated email confirmation, please contact us.

  • Online Grant Application


  • Would you like to provide supplemental information (such as annual budget) with your application? After submitting your online form here, proceed to Step 7.
  • Complete Offline and Submit Here:   Type-filling is preferred to handwritten forms. Use the red button below to submit your completed PDF form. You will receive an automated email confirmation that your form was successfully submitted along with a copy of your Grant Application Form. If you do not receive the automated email confirmation, please contact us.

  • Download Grant Application Form To Complete Offline




  • Would you like to provide supplemental information (such as annual budget) with your application? After submitting your completed pdf form here, proceed to Step 7.



  • Paper applications may be mailed to:
Davison Bruce Foundation
1910 Waverly Parkway
Opelika, AL 36801
Attn: Grant Application
STEP 7:  Send Us Any Additional Information With Your Application
Supplemental Information: If you have additional information such as budgets or pictures, you may submit those files electronically using the Red button below. You will receive an automated email confirmation that your file(s) were successfully submitted. If you do not receive the automated email confirmation, please contact us.



STEP 8:  WAIT For Decision Regarding Grant Application
All of our applications are carefully reviewed by our Board of Directors each summer, and we may contact you to follow up with questions. You should receive notification of our decision via a personal email from our Executive Director by the end of July.
During this process, if you have questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
STEP 9:  All Grant Recipients Complete Post Grant Report by January 31

PLEASE NOTE: A Post Grant Report Form is required to be completed on or before January 31st of the following year in which the grant was received. Post grant reports must be received by this deadline for the grantee to be eligible to re-apply for funding during the next grant cycle. The post grant review process is designed to verify the implementation of the grant-funded project, program or services supported and help us understand the success and impact of the grants we support. We are interested in the challenges your organization faced implementing the grant funded project, program or services provided, what your organization learned from the experience and if there are other ways in which the Davison Bruce Foundation might be of assistance to you and your organization.

Please keep in touch even after you have submitted your Post Grant Report! We love to receive pictures or updates, and we may even post your organization on our blog. You can submit files anytime using Step 10: Send Us Any Additional Information With Your Post Grant Report.

If you have any questions regarding our grantmaking process or the Davison Bruce Foundation, we invite and encourage you to reach out and contact us. We would be glad to hear from you! Please don’t hesitate to call us, email us or mail us with any questions you have regarding your Post Grant Report Form or any future funding requests. We would be happy to discuss the possibility of a matching or lead grant with you and your organization. We want to hear how things are going and what your challenges are.

Finally, we want to thank you for your interest in our foundation and all of the good work you and your organization are doing!


To Submit Your Post Grant Report, choose one of the options below:

  • Complete and Submit Online:   Please note that if you clear your browser history, or if cookies are automatically cleared by your organization, your cached online Post Grant Report Form entries will be deleted if you log out before completing this form. Some people prefer to save a copy by checking the “save as pdf” option on their print menu; that allows them to refill their answers by cut-and-paste upon returning to the online form.
    Once you hit submit, you’re done! You will receive an automated email confirmation that your form was successfully submitted along with a copy of your Post Grant Report. If you do not receive the automated email confirmation, please contact us.
  • Would you like to provide supplemental information (such as additional reports or pictures) with your Post Grant Report? After submitting your online report here, proceed to Step 7.

  • Online Version of Post Grant Report Form


  • Complete Offline and Submit Here:   Type-filling is preferred to handwritten forms. Use the red button below to submit your completed PDF form. You will receive an automated email confirmation that your form was successfully submitted along with a copy of your Post Grant Report. If you do not receive the automated email confirmation, please contact us.

  • PDF Copy of Post Grant Application Form Package



  • Would you like to provide supplemental information (such as additional reports or pictures) with your Post Grant Report? After submitting your completed pdf form here, proceed to Step 7.



  • Paper Post Grant Reports may be mailed to:
Davison Bruce Foundation
1910 Waverly Parkway
Opelika, AL 36801
Attn: Post Grant Report
STEP 10:  Send Us Any Additional Information
Supplemental Information: Do you have additional information that you would like to send with your Post Grant Report? You may submit those here. Please keep in mind the January 31 deadline for all Post Grant Reports to ensure that you will be eligible to re-apply for funding during the next grant cycle. Also, please keep in touch even after you have submitted your official Post Grant Report. We love to receive pictures or updates throughout the year, and we may even post your organization on our blog!

You may submit any additional files at anytime using the Red button below, and always feel free to contact us via email or phone. You will receive an automated email confirmation that your file(s) were successfully submitted. If you do not receive the automated email confirmation, please contact us.








If you prefer to send your supplemental information by mail, please send to:

Davison Bruce Foundation
1910 Waverly Parkway
Opelika, AL 36801
Attn: Grants Administrator


Again, thank you for your interest in our foundation and for all of the good work you and your organization are doing!