Grant Program


The Fund for Civility’s grants are funded by individual and corporate donors, as well as by fundraising concert events.

The Fund’s first round of grants was awarded in 2013.  Eight projects were selected that are consistent with the Fund’s two areas of focus: bullying prevention and mental illness stigma reduction. Checks were awarded in late May 2013, for use in the 2013/2014 fiscal year. Check back for information on our 2014 round of grant making.

Areas of Interest

The Fund for Civility, Respect and Understanding awards grants in the following areas:

  • Projects that educate and provide resources to combat bullying throughout the lifespan.
    • We prioritize:
      • Interventions over awareness campaigns.
      • Programs that focus on institutional change or cultural change
      • Programs that look at the culture in which the bullying is taking place
      • Programs that work to create an optimum healthy environment for all persons
      • Programs that include one or more of the following: bystander intervention, empathy building, resiliency, problem solving, self-regulation and taking responsibility

Who Qualifies for Funding?                                                      

Grant proposals will be considered from (but not exclusive to) the following groups:

  • Schools of all levels
  • Church groups
  • Senior care facilities
  • Workplaces
  • Intervention groups
  • Pre-existing programs

Funding Restrictions

Grants will be made only to nonprofit organizations qualified under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or that otherwise fill a charitable purpose. Grants will not be awarded to:

  • Individuals
  • Campaigns to elect public officials or influence legislation/lobbying
  • Capital fund drives
  • Debt reduction
  • Endowments
  • Fundraising events
  • Programs or projects inconsistent with federal, state, local nondiscrimination statutes regarding equal employments opportunities

Our Grant Process

A panel of Advisory Board members reviews applications and meets with top project managers from selected proposals before making a final decision.

Our 2013 round of grants provided funding for a one-year period, with a six-month and year-end review of the project.

Grants Applications

Please download these two application documents:

 Applications and questions may be submitted to Check back for information on the next round of grant awards.