Grants Management: Grant Guidelines

Eligibility – Fields of Interest

Arts & Culture
Human Services

The Foundation gives preference to proposals received from organizations that provide direct benefit to low income children & youth, the elderly and disabled persons. Safety net services, and programs focused on economic self-sufficiency are also favored.

Eligibility – Applicant’s Status

The Thomas J. Long Foundation awards grants to selected tax-exempt charitable organizations that have been recognized by the IRS as being described in Section 501(c)(3) and 509(a)(1) or 509(a)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code.

The Foundation does not ordinarily award grants for the following:
509(a)(3) supporting organizations
Government entities
Advocacy or influencing public policy
International grants
Loan repayments
Research or studies
Capital Campaigns (invitation only)
Projects or programs that have already taken place
National organizations headquartered outside of the San Francisco Bay Area

Eligibility – Geographic Focus

The Foundation primarily funds charitable programs and services which are of particular benefit to residents of the East Bay counties of Alameda and Contra Costa. Organizations that are considering a proposal for grant support should have an established presence in these communities including an office and/or dedicated staff permanently assigned to the East Bay. Proposals which do not focus on the East Bay are unlikely to be funded and it is rarely worthwhile to submit a proposal.

Meeting the Foundation’s eligibility requirements is not a guarantee of receiving a favorable grant decision. Due to the large number of proposals received throughout the year it is not possible to support all of the many worthwhile requests of organizations that apply to our Foundation.