Arcus Foundation

What is Arcus Foundation Grant?

The Arcus Foundation is a premier worldwide foundation that advances important conservation and social justice issues. It was founded by Jon Stryker in year 2000. Arcus works in promoting LGBT or the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender equality and in the protection and conservation of the great apes. The Arcus Foundation has built its offices in New York City, Kalamazoo, Michigan and in Cambridge, UK.

Who are eligible for Arcus Foundation Grant?

Applicants must be tax-exempt organizations that are aligned with our vision, mission and goals and qualify for the organization’s EEO requirement. Specifically, the applicant must be:

  • Tax-exempt under the IRC Section 501(c)(3). An organization that is based outside U.S. must prove that it is equivalent to U.S. 501(c)(3) by showing documents like articles of incorporation and its bylaws, which will be required when their proposal is invited.
  • Have in an existing Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) policy that is board-approved and particularly includes gender identity and sexual orientation, and is required to be compliant with all other applicable local and federal EEO laws. Organizations without these compliant policies will not be accepted for funding.
  • Aligned with the Foundation’s vision, mission and specific goals with its programs.

How much are the average grants awarded by Arcus Foundation Grant?

The average grants awarded by the foundation ranges from $95.000 to $100,000.

How to apply for Arcus Foundation Grant?

Before submission of a written request, a discussion with one of the program staff is required from the applicant. The applicant must get in touch with the proper staff person from the Foundation to discuss the interest and ideas of their organization for the request. The Foundation will assist the applicant in identifying the proper program area for their request and in creating the letter of inquiry, walk through the rest of the steps and work with the organization in developing measurable strategies in tracking their impact. It is highly suggested that the initial contact must be made 4 to 6 months prior the project start date.

All applicants are required to submit the LOI (Letter of Inquiry Form) upon receiving their invitation to be considered for the grant support.

Applicants who have not been awarded funding by the Foundations 3 years prior will be required to submit the following:

  1. To verify their non-profit status: the IRS 501(c)3 letter
  2. Their EEO (Equal Employment Opportunity) Policy

Where to send applications for Arcus Foundation Grant?

Applicants must send their forms with the necessary attachments to:
or them mail to:
Arcus Foundation
402 East Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

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