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Grant Making

The Apgar Foundation does not accept or consider unsolicited grant applications. Candidates who, after reviewing the "Foundation Policies" below, believe they are suitable for funding should send a brief introductory e-mail to: info@apgarfoundation.org.

Apgar Foundation Policies
  1. Apgar Foundation limits its grants to programs that fit one of its missions.
  2. Apgar Foundation limits its college grants to accredited American colleges and universities. All other recipients must be exempt, non-profit, public U.S. charities recognized by the IRS under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
  3. Although it reserves the right to make exceptions allowed by the law, as a matter of policy, Apgar Foundation does not make any of the following grants:
    • Grants to individuals;
    • Grants to endowments or capital campaigns;
    • Grants for political purposes, or to try to influence legislation;
    • Grants for buildings, grounds, or other facilities;
    • Grants for non-merit-based scholarships or fellowships.
  4. Apgar Foundation does not pay indirect costs. Appropriate direct costs may be included in program budgets.
  5. Apgar Foundation does not accept or consider unsolicited requests for funds.

Application Procedures
  • Initial contact with the Foundation must be in the form of a brief e-mail outlining the nature of the program for which funding is being sought, as well as a full CV from the faculty member(s) who will be overseeing the program (in the case of a university or college grant) or links to annual reports and other pertinent information about the organization, including biographical information on key personnel (if from a non-profit organization).
  • Follow-up will generally involve a phone call from a foundation representative. Suitable applicants will be asked to complete an application form and submit additional materials for review by the Trustees of the Apgar Foundation.
  • An invitation to apply is emailed to potential applicants in November. Board review of all applications typically occurs in February or March.
  • Each application is reviewed individually, as well as in comparison with others. Criteria of merit for comparing programs include:
    • A start-up program or one dramatically expanding in size, scope, or direction;
    • Institutional endorsement, including administrative letters of recommendation and official institutional recognition of the program;
    • Demonstration of other sources of potential or actual support;
    • A plan to develop full, self-sustaining support (without further Foundation grants) within a reasonable time frame.
Reporting Requirements

Grantees should provide periodic reporting on their progress. In addition, formal reports are due annually, and at the end of the grant period in the case of multiyear grants.

Foundation Interests at Colleges and Universities
  • Undergraduate programs within the fields of political science, religion, philosophy, history, economics, literature, business, and the arts that explore:
    • Personal freedom;
    • Self-reliance and the reward of merit;
    • Market-based economics and the contributions of business;
    • Judeo-Christian and Western values.
  • Campus-based programs within these areas that involve lectures, conferences, or seminars open to the general public and/or offer continuing education for middle and high school teachers.