Summer & Fall 2020 Grant Cycle – Guidelines

The Longwood Foundation is committed to being responsive to the needs of our community and nonprofit organizations. In light of the COVID-19 crisis, the Foundation is offering two grant cycles for the remainder of 2020: an unprecedented additional summer grant cycle and a fall grant cycle. The deadlines for the summer and fall grant cycles are June 5, 2020 and September 1, 2020 at 11:59 pm, respectively. 

Prospective Applicant Q&A Sessions

Organizations interested in applying in the Fall 2020 grant cycle are invited to attend a Q&A Zoom Session with the Longwood Foundation team in August. Please note that pre-meetings in advance of the application deadlines for summer and fall will not be offered to discuss specific requests, due to the volume anticipated. Therefore, we recommend organizations considering an application both review the Summer 2020 Frequently Asked Questions AND attend a Fall Cycle Q&A to hear any updates informed by the summer cycle. This will also be the opportunity for organizations to ask any lingering questions ahead of the September 1st application deadline. Note that participation neither improves nor harms an organization’s likelihood of receiving funding.

  • What: Longwood Foundation Fall Cycle Q&A Zoom Sessions
  • Who: Limit of two individuals per organization; we request those attendees include at least the organization’s leader or Board Chair.
  • When (choose one): Monday, August 10th 1-2 pm;  Wednesday, August 12th 9-10 am; Tuesday, August 18th 9-10 am and 3-4 pm
  • Where: Zoom (after registering below, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting)
  • Questions to be Covered:  We ask that you submit questions in advance using the registration form. Presubmitted questions will ensure the session content is constructed to meet your needs. If time permits, additional questions may be addressed live in the session. 
  • RSVP: Advanced registration is required at least 24 hours in advance. Register and submit questions using the links below.

Monday, August 10th 1-2pm: 

Wednesday, August 12th 9-10am:

Tuesday, August 18th 9-10am:

Tuesday, August 18th 3-4pm:

The Application Process

Eligibility: The Longwood 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. 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. Therefore, if you are not eligible for the fall of 2020 because of a past grant request, then your past grant agreement or declination letter governs when you can return to Longwood for another request.

Application Process: The Longwood Foundation typically operates two grant cycles per year, with proposal deadlines of March 1 and September 1. In response to the coronavirus pandemic, an additional summer grant cycle was added, with a deadline of June 5. 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, FAQs for the fall cycle, and information on the summer & fall 2020 grant life cycles. 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. 

In light of the anticipated demand, there will be no preparatory meetings ahead of the summer or fall grant cycles. However, we have created a special inbox where you can send questions: We will prioritize answering these questions quickly as you prepare your grant requests. Questions sent to a Longwood team member’s personal email may not be returned as quickly as those submitted to this address.

Zoom Meetings: As part of the proposal evaluation, every organization submitting a request will be granted a Zoom meeting to discuss their proposal with a Longwood team member. These meetings assist Longwood Foundation staff in better understanding the organization, its leadership, and the proposal in order to support the Trustees’ decision making. During these meetings, 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. Note that there will be no in-person meetings or site visits through the remainder of 2020, for everyone’s safety. Since we are expecting a dramatic increase in the number of applications, please know that we are pulling our entire team of five into the grant review process, so you may work with a different Longwood team member than you have in the past.

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 coronavirus’ impact, 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 Fall 2020 requirements. 

Fall 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 deadline for summer 2020 is June 5. The application for the fall grant cycle is September 1

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


Links & Documents

Blank Application: A blank copy of the application can be viewed at the link below. Note that the application must be submitted electronically and this document has only been provided to assist with application preparation. This application is subject to change and is only indicative of the Fall 2020 requirements. 

Questions? Send an email to