Grant Request Guidelines

The Application Process

Eligibility: The Foundation accepts grant requests from nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations located in and/or benefiting the residents, environment, or culture of the state of Delaware and within a four-mile radius of Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. Additionally, organizations that have previously applied are asked not to re-approach the Longwood Foundation with a funding request within two years of a previous request, regardless of whether the proposal was approved or declined.

Application Process: The Longwood Foundation operates two grant cycles per year, with proposal deadlines of March 1 and September 1. The Foundation utilizes an electronic Grants Management System for application submissions. When preparing for a proposal, please review the other pages on the website to view the Foundation’s values, an applicant FAQ, information on the grant life cycle, and a list of questions frequently asked by Foundation staff when evaluating a grant proposal (applicant guidance). Prior to beginning an application, organizations should visit Guidestar to either create a profile or review/update their current profile. Applications must be submitted through the online system and late submissions will not be considered.

Site Visits: As part of the proposal evaluation, every organization submitting a request will be given a site visit (or meeting, should there be no site to visit) to discuss the application. These visits assist Longwood Foundation staff in better understanding the organization, its leadership, and the proposal in order to support the Trustees’ decision making. Please plan to include the organization’s leader and Board Chair in this. During these visits, Longwood Foundation staff will ask many questions about the request, the requesting organization, and the proposed impact of the application. Staff may email questions in advance, with nonprofits asked to respond either during or within two weeks of the meeting.

For additional information on the grant cycle, including information on grant decisions and distribution of funds, please see the Grant Life Cycle At-A-Glance document.


How To Apply

 Application Contents: The application contains separate sections asking for an executive summary, organization information, financial information, information on the current request, and information on the population served. A blank copy of the application can be viewed in the link below, with mandatory questions starred in red. Please note that the application must be completed electronically using the grants management system. This document is only provided for the convenience of prospective applicants to help plan their submissions. Late applications or those outside of the electronic grants management system will not be accepted. This application is subject to change and is only indicative of the spring 2020 requirements. 

Spring 2020 Application Questions

How To Apply: Applications are only accepted electronically through the Longwood Foundation grants management system. Please note that this is a shared application portal with the Welfare and Crestlea Foundations. While this is a shared portal, the foundations are separate entities with individual requirements and deadlines. Please ensure that you are using the Longwood Foundation application. The application deadlines are March 1 and September 1

Apply Now: Use the link below to apply now using the Longwood Foundation grants management system.