The Earthshine Foundation considers grants to agencies that serve the community in one of our four major program areas: environment, education, human services and peace.

How to Apply
The Earthshine Foundation has a two-phase application process, the first of which is a Letter of Inquiry. If the Foundation has interest upon review of the Letter of Inquiry, we will contact you for further information and may ask you to submit a formal Grant Application for funding consideration. In addition, the Foundation may also request a meeting or site visit. The Grant Application phase is by invitation only.

The Earthshine Foundation also considers requests for Program-Related Investments. The application process is the same for PRIs and grant funding.

The Earthshine Foundation does not support requests for the following:

  • Individuals (scholarship support is provided only to nonprofit institutions)
  • Political parties, candidates, or partisan political organizations
  • Religious or fraternal organizations
  • For-profit organizations or businesses
  • Umbrella fundraising organizations

Application Period
Funding is usually awarded at the end of each calendar year. Requests for funding earlier in the year may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Letters of Inquiry may be submitted at any time; however, inquiries received after October 1 might not be considered for funding until the following calendar year.

Length of Funding Period
Grants are usually approved for a specific calendar year, but may be paid over a multi-year period. Agencies may reapply annually for funding. It is up to the agency to submit a new grant application after their current funding has been completed. Renewal of an agencyís grant will not be considered unless the agency reapplies. Agencies who have previously received grants from the Earthshine Foundation do not need to submit a Letter of Inquiry. A grant application for the current period will be provided upon request.

Letter of Inquiry
The Letter of Inquiry should be no more than two pages long and should include the following:

  • Statement of the organizationís purpose
  • A brief summary of the organizationís history, major accomplishments and services offered
  • Geographic area and population served by the organization
  • A brief description of the project under consideration, including benefits to the community and a list of collaborating organizations
  • A brief description of how evaluation for the project/program will be accomplished
  • The start date and end date for the proposed project/program
  • Requested amounts of grant, total project budget and other funding sources
  • Total organization budget in current fiscal year and funding sources
  • Your organizationís 501(c)(3) letter must accompany your Letter of Inquiry, as only publicly supported charities will be considered.

Letters of Inquiry should be submitted by e-mail (in PDF format) to

While not all requests can be funded, each qualified application is considered carefully and seriously. Decisions are made based upon the Foundationís priorities and the amount of money available for distribution.

We look forward to reviewing your Letter of Inquiry.

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