Grants


  • Proposals solicited and sponsored by associates of The Gibney Family Foundation
  • Organizations serving those who are blind and visually impaired. These will collectively receive the majority of grant funding, in accordance with the wishes of its founder, Albert L. Gibney. 
  • Organizations serving other specially challenged populations whom TGFF associates have a passion to help will also be considered for grants.
  • Geographic Focus:  TGFF associates may sponsor grants in their communities or in areas that are within their scope of influence, which includes: AZ, CA, CT, FL, ID, MA, ME, NH, upstate NY, OR, VT, UT, and WA.
  • U.S. domestic organizations with IRS 501(c)(3) and 509 (a)(1), (2), or (3)
  • Proposals that are not solicited and sponsored by associates of The Gibney Family Foundation
  • Research projects
  • Organizations with a direct connection to a political or government group or a specific religious denomination
  • Grant and donation payments will be disbursed approximately November 1st.  
  • December 1st is the deadline for TGFF to receive written acknowledgment that grant and donation funds have been received and deposited.   This step is important to confirm that TGFF’s federal year-end grant distribution requirements have been met.
  • Organizations may submit a proposal at any time.  However, any proposals received after July 1st may be considered for the following calendar year grant cycle.
  • The Gibney Family Foundation grantees should understand that we encourage our grant sponsor to become passionate about your organization’s mission.  Your stewardship and support of that sponsor’s passion is important.
  • Organizations are encouraged to partner with TGFF associates during the proposal development process in an effort to better understand the need, add value to the process, and facilitate effective grantmaking.
  • Conference calls, site visits, and other contacts will be included during the proposal development process prior to submitting a formal proposal.
  • Current grantees must submit a M.O.R.E. Report (Milestone, Outcomes and Report of Expenditures) prior to submitting or approval of a subsequent proposal.
  • Some proposal revisions may be required prior to a vote by the Board of Directors.
  • In some cases, final determination to award a grant will be contingent upon meeting the matching or challenge component of the proposal.
  • Organizations with approved proposals will receive a copy a Grant Contract with the acceptance letter. When contract is returned to TGFF, an authorized signature reflecting that funds will be granted will be mailed back to you.
  • TGFF associates cannot individually bind The Gibney Family Foundation to any action, agreement, donation, or grant.  The only commitments to be honored by TGFF will be in the form of Grant Contracts or donations resulting from the Board of Directors collective deliberation and vote to support the requests received.
  • We are looking for proposals that outline effective ways to achieve impressive, sustainable outcomes, aligned with our mission and the passions of our sponsors.
  • Prospective grantee’s willingness to challenge themselves to leverage requested TGFF funding in ways that will attract additional sustaining funding will be given the highest priority.  Encouraging partnerships necessary to increase sustainability and effectiveness will positively influence the grantmaking process. TGFF also considers multi-year funding to achieve long-term outcomes.
  • Grants will be awarded to those organizations that have, in the Board’s opinion, the best potential of accomplishing The Gibney Family Foundation Mission.

Download our application and our forms here.

Grant application
Annual MORE Report
Acceptance of Grant Contract

M.O.R.E. Reports (Milestones, Outcomes, Realizations, Expenses) allow grantees to communicate their progress with regard to the above categories, which directly relate to their Proposal/Contract with TGFF.  Timing for these reports depend on the nature of the outcomes being sought.  M.O.R.E. Reports will be required prior to awarding follow-on funding.

If your grant sponsor has indicated their desire to support a Mini Grant with your organization, please fill out our Mini Grant Application.  The maximum award is limited to $5,000.

When finished with the objectives of your Mini Grant, please complete the Mini Report.  This report is exciting to our grant sponsors and helps them develop a passion for giving. Thank you for taking the time to share your success.