The Auen Foundation

Grant Guidelines

If you are inter­ested in apply­ing for a grant from the Auen Foun­da­tion, please send a two page let­ter, along with a copy of your 501( c )( 3 ) cer­tifi­cate, briefly describ­ing what your orga­ni­za­tion does, the pro­grams offered, the amount of grant sup­port you are seek­ing, and who the fund­ing will impact. Please also send a list of your cur­rent board mem­bers and other fun­ders. The foun­da­tion Grant Com­mit­tee meets quar­terly to eval­u­ate requests for fund­ing pro­grams. If the ini­tial review of your let­ter indi­cates a poten­tial match for the Auen Foun­da­tion, we will request more infor­ma­tion, such as a for­mal pro­posal, copy of your finan­cials, and pos­si­bly a site visit.



To be con­sid­ered for a grant, please com­plete the fol­low­ing grant appli­ca­tion. There are two sec­tions to this appli­ca­tion. Each sec­tion must be com­pleted sep­a­rately and the total appli­ca­tion should be kept to a com­bined max­i­mum of 10 pages (exclud­ing attachments).

Sec­tion One — Agency Background

  1. Con­tact Information
    1. Date of Submission
    2. Name of Organization
    3. Address, phone num­ber, fax num­ber, e-mail address
    4. Name and title of per­son sub­mit­ting the application
  2. Agency His­tory
    1. The mis­sion of the organization.
    2. Pri­mary areas or focus.
    3. Brief his­tory of why the orga­ni­za­tion was founded.
    4. How many peo­ple ben­e­fit from the organization’s ser­vices per year?
  3. Agency Fund­ing
    1. Bud­get sum­mary, includ­ing rev­enue sources con­tribut­ing to total revenues.
    2. If the orga­ni­za­tion receives any fed­eral, state, or local gov­ern­ment fund­ing, please com­plete the following:
      • Iden­tify gov­ern­ment enti­ties sup­ply­ing funding.
      • Amount received from each gov­ern­ment entity dur­ing the past two years and its per­cent­age of the budget.
      • Is it antic­i­pated that such fund­ing would continue?
    3. Detail for each year of the last two years the per­cent­age of agency bud­get (must add up to 100%) allo­cated for:
      • Agency Admin­is­tra­tion (includ­ing: salaries, util­i­ties, rent, etc.)
      • Fundrais­ing Expenses
      • Pro­gram Services
    4. How does the orga­ni­za­tion receive its finan­cial sup­port? (Explain fundrais­ing activ­i­ties, sources of rev­enues, spe­cial fund rais­ing events, endow­ments, etc.)
    5. List other foun­da­tion sup­port for this orga­ni­za­tion and related amounts?
    6. How many employ­ees, includ­ing staff, are on the organization’s pay­roll? List all employ­ees’ com­pen­sa­tion in excess of $50,000 per year and cor­re­spond­ing compensation.
    7. How do your Direc­tors con­tribute to your orga­ni­za­tion? What por­tion of annual rev­enues are con­tributed by mem­bers of the organization’s Board?
    8. Are there any time require­ments or other con­straints placed upon the funds requested by the recip­i­ent? If so, please explain.
  4. Agency Orga­ni­za­tion
    1. How is the orga­ni­za­tion managed?
    2. How does the orga­ni­za­tion uti­lize volunteers?
    3. Doc­u­mented results of organization’s pro­grams or projects?
    4. How did you learn about the Auen Foundation?

Sec­tion Two — Grant Request
*Please begin Sec­tion Two on a new sheet.

  1. Amount requested (The Auen Foun­da­tion has no stated min­i­mum or max­i­mum grant amount, how­ever the major­ity of our grants fall between $1,000 and $100,000).
  2. Describe in detail the pro­posed pro­gram and how the Foun­da­tion funds will be used.
  3. Explain who will be impacted by the programs.
  4. Explain the expected short and long-term ben­e­fits to the peo­ple impacted by the pro­gram funded by this request.
  5. Explain how this expected out­come will be mea­sured and documented.
  6. Has the orga­ni­za­tion applied for a grant from the Auen Foun­da­tion in the past? If so, when? What was the amount?

Attach­ments to be included with Grant Application:

  • IRS let­ter of determination
  • Cur­rent annual budget
  • Requested pro­gram bud­get, present and past (two years)
  • Board of Directors
  • Last two years audited finan­cial state­ments (audit report should include bal­ance sheet and income and expense summary)

Sub­mit Com­pleted Requests To:
The Auen Foun­da­tion
P.O. Box 13390
Palm Desert, CA 92255–3390