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Announcing the 2015 Bullitt Environmental Fellowship The Bullitt Foundation will start accepting applications for the Bullitt Environmental Fellowship on January 1, 2015. Each year, one outstanding graduate student from a university located in the Pacific Northwest or British Columbia is selected for this prestigious award of $100,000, distributed over two years. The Fellowship was established in 2007 to honor Priscilla Bullitt Collins, the late...

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Grantmaking Process

1 Inquire Sample Inquiry Questions

GRANT INQUIRY
To begin the application process for a Bullitt Foundation grant, review the instructions below. If your organization received Bullitt Foundation funds in the prior year, refer to the ‘Report’ instructions as you must file a final report before applying for a new grant.

Please note that the Bullitt Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals, and inquiries submitted by hardcopy, mail, email or fax will not be considered for a grant.

  • Funding Cycle: The Bullitt Foundation completes two grant cycles per year. Inquiries received on or before March 15 will be considered for the Spring Docket, and those received on or before September 15 will be considered for the Fall Docket. If the deadline falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or a US federal holiday, the submission deadline is the next business day.
  • Geography Served: Our geographic region includesnonprofit organizations that serve Washington, Oregon, Idaho, British Columbia, western Montana (including the Rocky Mountain range), and south-central Alaska
  • Program focus: The Foundation concentrates its funding on environmental issues in urban areas, business and technology, ecosystem services and planning, and leadership and civic engagement. The mission of The Bullitt Foundation is to safeguard the natural environment by promoting responsible human activities and sustainable communities in the Pacific Northwest. For more information on program focus, you will find detailed descriptions on the program pages.

SUBMIT YOUR INQUIRY
To get started, log into our Online Grantee Portal. Please answer all questions completely, with the understanding that brevity is appreciated. If clarity is needed, a program officer may contact you to discuss the idea in more detail.

Previous grantees will have a user name and password, but if you have trouble logging in, have new staff who need portal access, or need help accessing your account, please email our staff at grants@bullitt.org. You may request a new password by entering a valid user name (generally your email address).

New organizations can create their own, new account through this portal.

2 Apply Sample Application Questions

GRANT APPLICATION
Once invited to apply, grant applications are due by 5:00 pm Pacific Time on May 1 and November 1 through our Online Grantee Portal. If the deadline falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or a US federal holiday, the submission deadline is the next business day.

SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION
Your grant proposal application builds off of the inquiry you submitted. Inquiry information will be imported to this application, and may be edited if needed at this time. As part of your online application, you will be asked to provide the following information through our online form:

  1. Three to five anticipated outcomes of your project.
  2. Summaries of your organization’s health, finances and commitment to diversity and social justice.

You will also be asked to provide the following attachments:

  1. A project description (no longer than five pages) which includes a work plan and timetable, a detailed project budget and funding plan for the 12-month period the grant will be in operation.
  2. A list of the officers and board members of your organization.
  3. The organization’s current financial statement, cash flow, or budget spreadsheet.
  4. The organization’s IRS 990 Form. Canadian organizations should submit proof of Canadian Charity status.
  5. An audited financial statement for the prior year (if available).
  6. Other attachments may be included, but only if they are essential for the Foundation to understand the proposed project.

NEXT STEPS IN APPLICATION PROCESS:
Please allow up to five months for staff and the full board of trustees to thoroughly review applications and documents. Applicants will be sent email confirmation when proposal is submitted.

SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION
To get started, log into our Online Grantee Portal. Please answer all questions completely, with the understanding that brevity is appreciated. If clarity is needed, a program officer may contact you to discuss the idea in more detail.

Previous grantees will have a user name and password, but if you have trouble logging in, have new staff who need portal access, or need help accessing your account, please email our staff at grants@bullitt.org. You may request a new password by entering a valid user name (generally your email address).

3 Report

GRANT YEAR-END REPORT
The Bullitt Foundation requires each grantee to submit a final report at the completion of its 12-month grant year. If the organization needs additional time to complete its work under a grant, it should request an extension by contacting the Foundation’s program officer listed on the Grant Agreement.

To submit your final report, log in to the Online Grantee Portal.  If your final report is due and you have not yet received (or have forgotten) a user name and password for the grantee portal, please email our staff at grants@bullitt.org.

In your report, you will be asked to:

  1. Describe the most significant accomplishment your organization has achieved in the past year. We are not looking for a list of activities, but rather a thoughtful description of how your organization achieved its mission or made the world measurably better. This paragraph is the most important part of the final report and will be read by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees.
  2. Describe lessons learned. The Foundation is interested in lessons drawn from successes and failures alike. What strategies worked that might be replicated elsewhere? What approaches fell short of expectations, and why?
  3. Describe the overall health of the organization.
  4. Review the budget information and funding plan from the application submitted to the Foundation, describe the organization’s general financial status, and explain any major discrepancies from the information submitted in the application.
  5. For each of the “anticipated outcomes” you identified when applying for the grant, describe the most notable successes, failures, and unanticipated consequences you experienced.