Achelis and Bodman Foundation

What is Achelis & Bodman Foundations grant?

The Achelis Foundation was founded in 1940 by Elisabeth Achelis. She was born in 1880 in Brooklyn Heights and in 1901 moved to Manhattan where she lived until she died in 1973. Fritz Achelis, her father, was president of American Hard Rubber Company, which produced various products under the trademark “Ace” which included bowling balls and combs.

The Achelis Foundation charter mission statement is “to aid and contribute to charitable, benevolent, educational and religious uses and purposes for the moral, ethical, physical, mental and intellectual well-being and progress of mankind; to aid and contribute to methods for the peaceful settlement of international difference; to aid and contribute to the furtherance of the objects and purposes of any charitable, benevolent, educational or religious institution or agency; and to establish and maintain charitable, benevolent and educational institutions and agencies.”

Who are eligible for Achelis & Bodman Foundations grant?

The Foundations do not make grants for the following program areas or purposes:

  • Nonprofit organizations outside of New York and New Jersey
  • Annual appeals, fundraising events and dinner functions
  • Endowments and capital campaigns
  • Loans and deficit financing
  • Direct grants to individuals
  • Individual after-school and day-care programs
  • Housing
  • Organizations or projects based outside U.S.
  • video projects or films
  • Small art, dance, theater and music groups
  • Individual K-12 schools (with the exception of charter schools)
  • Mental health and national health organizations
  • nonprofit organizations or government agencies significantly reimbursed or funded by government agencies

How much is the average grants awarded by Achelis & Bodman Foundations?

Since its inception, The Achelis Foundation gave grants that has totalled over $39 million.

How to apply for Achelis & Bodman Foundations grant?

Nonprofit organizations based in northern New Jersey and New York city that are tax-exempt under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3)and fall within the Foundations’ program areas may submit a proposal or inquiry letter thru regular mail. (Please omit sending CDs, DVDs, computer discs, proposals, or video tapes unless requested.)

A prior inquiry to The Achelis and Bodman Foundations shall include only the following:

  1. A proposal letter that briefly summarizes the history of the project, need, research, time period, objectives, key staff, evaluation plan and project budget.
  2. Latest annual report.
  3. Most recent complete audited financial statements.
  4. 501(c)(3) tax-exemption letter from the IRS.

Where to send applications for Achelis & Bodman Foundations grant?

The Achelis and Bodman Foundations
767 Third Avenue, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10017-2023

For more information on Achelis & Bodman Foundations, contact:

Phone: (212) 644-0322
Fax: (212) 759-6510
Email: main@achelis-bodman-fnds.org

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