What is the typical grant size? Our grants and grant recommendations generally range from $5,000 - $50,000 for a one-year period. Occasionally, the Foundation's officers may authorize smaller or (larger) grants.
Beyond your basic requirements, what do you look for in a proposal? The Barney Family Foundation's primary focus is in the educational field, particularly children in grades K-8. The Barney Family Foundation places significant emphasis on giving children the opportunity for a better education. We want to be convinced that a project we fund will lead, over time, to significant improvement in children's life experiences and as such, favor proposals that describe a plausible and practical chain of events leading to tangible results for children. From organizations that work directly with children and families, to teachers and other frontline workers, we look for fairly simple, original ideas embedded with a strong plan for their implementation. We expect strategic impact from organizations engaged in research, policy analysis, advocacy, or other work that does not touch children directly. As stated, we focus primarily on early education (generally elementary school with the occasional high school) as well as healthcare research (primarily cancer and Alzheimer’s). Established organizations have a better chance, but start-ups are welcome to apply as well. We would like to see a good business plan as well as explanation of who will benefit.
Our proposal meets your objectives, but we are looking for a grant larger than that which you would normally fund. Should we contact you? Yes, please. If everything lines up with our focus then I would apply for a larger grant. Please include whether you would be willing to accept less than what you are requesting. Also, know that just because you ask for a particular amount doesn't mean you will receive it.