Grant Program Description
The W.M. Keck Foundation was founded with the goal of generating far-reaching benefits for humanity. Following the ideals of its founder, William Myron Keck, the Foundation supports outstanding science, engineering, and medical research, undergraduate education; and in South Carolina, arts and culture, health and community service projects that will have a significant impact in addressing complex issues and problems.
Organizations must be exempt from federal taxation as defined by Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and be designated as a public charity (and not a private foundation) as defined by Section 509(a)(1) or 509(a)(2) or 170(b) of the Internal Revenue Code. If the institution is located in the State of California, the organization must also be exempt from California State Franchise or Income Tax under Section 23701(d) of the Revenue and Taxation Code.
Deadlines for Phase I applications are on May 1 to be considered for the December grant cycle, and on November 1 to be considered for the June grant cycle. Submission of Phase II proposals is by invitation only.
The Foundation’s grants programs in Science and Engineering Research and Medical Research fund projects nationwide, while the Undergraduate Education Program funds projects only in Foundation-designated states. The Southern California Program restricts grants to organizations headquartered in Southern California that serve communities in Los Angeles County.
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