The Clowes Fund - A Family FoundationBoston - Indianapolis - Seattle


Only previous Clowes Fund grantees will be considered for funding in 2014.       

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you pronounce Clowes?

What is the best means of initial contact with The Clowes Fund?

Final Proposal

I’m ready to submit my Final Proposal; do you need my IRS Form 990 including all schedules?

We are a new organization that has filed for exempt status, but we have not yet received our IRS determination letter -- will you accept my proposal using a fiscal sponsor?

Does The Clowes Fund have a strict policy that limits the number of grants an organization can receive in a certain time period, such as no more than three grants over five years?

Sending Your Application

I am having trouble uploading required attachments; what can I do?

To whom should I address the required attachments?

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Q. How do you pronounce "Clowes"?

A. Sounds like Clews.

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Q. What is the best means of initial contact with The Clowes Fund?

A. First, read our guidelines carefully and peruse our website; if you have a request that you believe is compatible with Clowes Fund's interests, then please introduce your organization by submitting a Preliminary ProposalWe anticipate welcoming preliminary proposals again in the fall of 2014 for funding consideration in 2015.

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Q. Do you need my IRS Form 990 including all schedules?

A. No, The Clowes Fund does not require the IRS Form 990 as an attachment for any part of the application process. We review your 990 using Guidestar.

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Q. We are a new organization that has filed for exempt status, but we have not yet received our IRS determination letter -- will you accept my proposal using a fiscal sponsor?

A. Yes, we may accept a proposal using a fiscal sponsor. Please review our Fiscal Sponsor Policy and contact the office to discuss the nature of the fiscal agency prior to submitting your proposal.

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Q. Does The Clowes Fund have a strict policy that limits the number of grants an organization can receive in a certain time period, such as no more than three grants over five years?

A. Rather than adopting a policy that automatically limits the number of grants an organization can receive in a certain time period, The Clowes Fund has a more subjective policy. The Fund's grants review committees assess each multi-year grant the final year to determine whether a new proposal is appropriate. Determinations are based on a variety of factors, not limited to: The Clowes Fund's overall grants portfolio in a given geographic region, the organization's stewardship of previous grants as indicated by timely reports and through candid communications with the Fund's staff, progress toward proposed goals or at least a clear explanation of revised goals, and the organization's sustainability plan. The committees complete their deliberations by the end of October, and Fund staff will communicate the decision upon receiving an organization's e-mailed statement of intent regarding a new proposal.

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Q. I am having trouble uploading required attachments; what can I do?

A. Your application must be completed online. However, if you are not able to upload the narrative and other required attachments, you may submit them electronically to staff@clowesfund.org. If absolutely necessary, you may mail required attachments; please ensure that documents are postmarked before or on the deadline date.  

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Q. To whom should I address the required attachments?

A. You may address your correspondence to Beth Casselman, Executive Director. The board of directors is actively involved in proposal review, and staff is designated as the official contact representing The Clowes Fund.

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