Grant Application

Funding Guidelines - 2016 Grant Cycle

The IanThom Foundation is committed to the support and enhancement of LGBT life and rights, the arts and progressive causes through strategic donations, preferably to smaller, community based organizations where a little goes a long way.

Eligibility Requirements: 

All organizations seeking funds from the IanThom Foundation must meet the following requirements:

  • Current IRS 501(c)(3) determination. (A percentage of grants may be made to 501(c)(4) groups.)  
  • Board-approved non-discrimination policy inclusive of sexual orientation in effect.
  • Please note: First-time grants generally do not exceed $1000 and due to the current stock market condition, the Board of Directors anticipates that 2014 grants may well be less than in previous years .

Application Timeline:

Applications are accepted throughout the year for consideration for the next calendar year.  Applications for the 2016 funding cycle are requested by December 15, 2013. Grants will be announced by January 1, 2016.

Application Process:

While we do not wish to place burdens or extra work upon organizations requesting grants, the following information is requested if possible:

  1. A one-page cover page, including the applicant organization’s name, name of person submitting proposal, organization’s address, telephone and facsimile numbers, e-mail address and website (if available), exact dollar amount requested, total operating budget, and total project budget.
  2. Brief narrative on purpose and history of the organization and project, including your mission statement, recent accomplishments, the need being addressed, and summary of project for which funds are requested.
  3. Expected project outcomes with timeline and plan to monitor and evaluate project success if appropriate.
  4. Financial information, including your organizational budget, event or project budget, and most recent year-end financial statements (audited if available).
  5. A copy of the organization’s IRS 501(c)(3) determination letter. We fund only public charities as defined under sections 509(a)(1), 509(a)(2), or 509(a)(3) of the IRS Tax Code.

Please click here: Grant Proposal and End of Grant Report to download the one page Grant Application and End of Grant Report.

Please mail 1 copy of the complete Application to: 
The IanThom Foundation
44 Blossom View Court
Shepherdstown, WV 25443

Or you may send 1 copy by e-mail to

Questions regarding this process can be addressed to Ian C. Gibson-Smith or by email to:

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