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.

INFORMATION FOR GRANTSEEKERS

PLEASE NOTE: The Davison Bruce Foundation has announced a new Letter of Inquiry process required for all grantseekers, including previous grantees, effective immediately. While we are open to new ideas and projects, funding for unsolicited requests is limited. If you’re interested in submitting an idea to us for funding, the first step is to complete a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) Form. Your LOI Form will help us determine the relevance of your proposed project to our mission and funding priorities. Please carefully review the details of the new Letter of Inquiry process below.
Please take time to review Our Mission, 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.

Submitting Inquiries

Prior to submitting an LOI Form, we kindly ask that you take a few moments to learn more about the types of support available, our guidelines, post grant reporting requirements and guidelines for submitting a complete Grant Application Form Package. If, after reviewing all the information, you determine that your organization and project, program and/or services provided fit within our guidelines and interests, please click on the link to access the Letter of Inquiry (LOI) Form.
Your 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 (LOI Forms) are a prerequisite to being invited to submit a grant application. Our Letter of Inquiry (LOI Form) deadline is February 1st. 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 1st. Applications received after March 1st will be slated for review the following year and you may be required to complete a new Letter of Inquiry and Grant Application Form Package. You will be notified in a timely manner if your organization is invited to complete a Grant Application Form Package. You may submit your LOI form in one of three ways:
  1. Complete and Submit Online- Our Online Version of Letter of Inquiry (LOI) Form allows you to complete the form and submit. For your convenience, your online LOI Form may be accessed from this computer for 90 days, thus allowing you to complete the form in several sessions. Please note that clearing your browser history will delete your saved online LOI Form entries. Once you hit submit, you’re done! You will receive an email confirmation that your form was successfully submitted along with a copy of your LOI form.

  2. Complete Offline and Upload to Submit- Our PDF Version of Letter of Inquiry (LOI) Form may be downloaded and completed on your computer (type-filling is preferred to handwritten forms). Use the Upload Completed LOI Form 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.

  3. Print and Mail- Our PDF Version of Letter of Inquiry (LOI) Form may be downloaded, printed, completed, and mailed to us. Please mark the envelope “Letter of Inquiry” and mail to the address provided below.

Online Version of Letter of Inquiry (LOI) Form
PDF Version of Letter of Inquiry (LOI) Form


Paper applications may be mailed as follows:
Davison Bruce Foundation for packages:
P.O. Box 4372 500 South 7th Street, #4372
Opelika, AL 36803-4372 Opelika, AL 36801

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.The Davison Bruce Foundation prefers a specific budget format as specified in the Grant Application Form Package.
  • 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
GRANT APPLICATION FORM PACKAGE FAQs

1. How do I apply for a grant?
  • The Davison Bruce Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant requests. If you are interested in submitting an idea for funding to us, you must first complete a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) Form. Your LOI Form will be evaluated by the foundation after which time you will be notified if your organization is invited to complete a full Grant Application Form Package. If your organization is invited to complete a Grant Application Form Package you will be notified.
2. Your requirement that a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) Form be submitted prior to applying for a grant and completing and submitting a grant application is new this year 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.
3. 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.

4. What are the Grant Applicant 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 1st. Grant application submission deadlines are firm. Applications received after March 1st will be slated for review the following year and you may be asked to complete a new application.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. Can a separate organization with a 501(c)(3) exemption apply on behalf of my organization?
  • No. Grants are not made through fiscal agents.
8. 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 as follows:
Davison Bruce Foundation for packages:
P.O. Box 4372 500 South 7th Street, #4372
Opelika, AL 36803-4372 Opelika, AL 36801
  9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. Is it possible to ask for too much?
  • Yes. Optimism should never be a substitute for good judgment.
14. Does the Foundation make grants to indirect, overhead, or so-called “operating costs”?
  • Yes.
15. Does the Foundation make grants for capital purposes?
  • Yes.
16. Will a “naming opportunity” be attractive to the Foundation?
  • While the Foundation appreciates appropriate recognition, it never drives the Foundation’s decisions or participation.
17. 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.
18. 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 December 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.
19. 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.
20. Do you have 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.
GRANT APPLICATION FORM PACKAGE
The Davison Bruce Foundation is committed to grantmaking that affects needed change and adds value to the communities we serve. If you are 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 the blue bar titled Information for Grantseekers.
You may submit your Grant Application in one of three ways:
  1. Complete and Submit Online- Our Online Version of Grant Application Form allows you to complete the form and submit. For your convenience, your online Grant Application Form may be accessed from this computer for 90 days, thus allowing you to complete the application in several sessions. Please note that clearing your browser history will delete your saved online Grant Application Form entries. Once you hit submit, you’re done! You will receive an email confirmation that your form was successfully submitted along with a copy of your Grant Application Form.

  2. Complete Offline and Upload to Submit - Our PDF Copy of Grant Application Form Package may be downloaded and completed on your computer (type-filling is preferred to handwritten forms). Use the Upload Completed Grant Application Form 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 Grant Application Form.

Print and Mail- Our PDF Copy of Grant Application Form Package may be downloaded, printed, completed, and mailed to us. Please mark the envelope “Grant Application” and mail to the address provided below.

Online Version of Grant Application Form Package

We also offer a paper grant application process. If you prefer to apply by mail, please print our PDF Copy of Grant Application below.
PDF Copy of Grant Application Form Package


Paper applications may be mailed as follows:
Davison Bruce Foundation for packages:
P.O. Box 4372 500 South 7th Street, #4372
Opelika, AL 36803-4372 Opelika, AL 36801
POST GRANT REPORTING REQUIREMENTS
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 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. 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!
PLEASE NOTE: A Post Grant Report Form is required to be completed on or before December 31st of the year in which the grant was received for the grantee to be eligible for funding the following year. 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.
You may submit your Post Grant Report Form in one of three ways:

  1. Complete and Submit Online- Our Online Version of Post Grant Report Form allows you to complete the form and submit. For your convenience, your online Post Grant Report Form may be accessed from this computer for 90 days, thus allowing you to complete the form in several sessions. Please note that clearing your browser history will delete your saved online Post Grant Report Form entries. Once you hit submit, you’re done! You will receive an email confirmation that your form was successfully submitted along with a copy of your Post Grant Report Form.

  2. Complete Offline and Upload to Submit- Our PDF Version of Letter of Post Grant Report Form may be downloaded and completed on your computer (type-filling is preferred to handwritten forms). Use the Upload Completed Post Grant Report Form 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 Grant Application Form.

  3. Print and Mail- Our PDF Version of Letter of Inquiry Post Grant Report Form may be downloaded, printed, completed, and mailed to us. Please mark the envelope “Post Grant Report” and mail to the address provided below.

Online Version of Post Grant Report Form

PDF Version of Post Grant Report Form


Davison Bruce Foundation for packages:
P.O. Box 4372 500 South 7th Street, #4372
Opelika, AL 36803-4372 Opelika, AL 36801