How to Apply

The Foundation now employs a single, annual grantmaking cycle. Applicants must first submit a Concept Paper. A select group of applicants will be invited to submit full proposals.

November 2:  Applicants may access the Concept Paper application in the online application system (see below for link)
December 2:  Concept Paper Deadline
February 1:  Full Proposal Notification
March 1:  Full Proposal Deadline
April-May:  Site Visits
June:  Notification of Grant Decisions


Concept Paper Requirements

Applicants will be asked to complete a brief organizational profile, indicate the grant focus area (foster care, opportunity youth, or housing and shelter) of the request, and upload a brief (two-page maximum) Concept Paper explaining the organization’s goals, objectives, and intended impacts for the proposed request:

  • Goals – Goals should present a unified vision of how this request will better position your organization to fulfill its goals and enhance sustainable impact within the context of the organization’s overall strategic plan.
  • Objectives – Specific activities planned within a particular time period, consistent with a goal and strategy, a clear “milestone” towards your stated goals.
  • Impact – Specific outcomes that will be achieved for your clients, your organization, and/or the broader field and measures for your success in achieving the proposed impacts
  • Financing – Provide an overview of the budget requirements for the funding initiative and also provide a summary of the anticipated use of requested Clipper Ship funds.

Be sure to distinguish the initiative’s impacts clearly. Explain what is unique about your organization and why it is situated to achieve magnified impacts in addressing the needs of your clientele.

All concept papers and applications must be submitted online. The online portal will open one month before the deadline.

Please return to this page anytime after November 2nd to access our online Concept Paper submission web portal.


Applicants will be notified as to whether they have been invited to submit a full proposal by Friday, February 1st. Invited applicants will receive instructions for completing a full proposal. Following proposal submission, applicants may be asked to host a site visit in late April or early May.