The purpose of the Foundation is to make programmatic grants which significantly increase the ability of non-profit organizations to carry out their stated missions in fields of primary interest to the Directors. The Directors of The Elizabeth Ordway Dunn Foundation will focus on, but not be limited to, their interest in Florida environmental issues. Exceptions may be made to the field of environmental issues, but will occur infrequently and only upon the initiative of the Directors. Any exception will be limited to special opportunities in Florida judged by the Directors to be unusually compelling and of immediate impact.
All applicants must be tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and must be classified as “not a private foundation” under Section 509(a). Support for projects that contribute to the long term development and stabilization of organizations, small and large, will be favored. National or regional organizations seeking to establish programs of primary benefit to Florida will also be considered.
Grants are not normally made for capital purposes, for normal operating budgets or deficits, for scientific research, to individuals, or for sectarian religious activities. New applications from recent grantees are generally discouraged.
Support is concentrated in Florida. Preference will be given to organizations which are located in Florida for projects which will primarily benefit the state and its inhabitants.
Grants are often awarded in partial support of a project. The size of a grant will vary depending on demonstrated need and other factors, but is typically in the range of $10,000 – $50,000.
Complete applications may be submitted in duplicate at any time. Deadlines are March 15 for the May grant cycle and September 15 for the November grant cycle. If the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, applications are due the next business day.