The Foundation provides funds and pro-bono assistance to not-for-profit, non-partisan education, training, applied research and direct initiatives consistent with its mission. Programs designed to advance both the state of knowledge and society's ability functionally to apply that knowledge to informed public policy and business decision making receive priority consideration.
Awards are targeted to programs that address significant issues over a limited time period, rather than to ongoing programs that require sustained support. The Foundation is particularly interested in opportunities to provide "seed" money and pro-bono assistance to new initiatives and programs. Individual awards typically range from $5,000 to $50,000 annually, with opportunities for multi-year projects (up to a total of 3 years) when appropriate.
While The Foundation does not provide scholarships, funding may be awarded to host academic institutions to support research on relevant topics. For research and policy-related activities. The Foundation gives priority to work with significant potential to effect change and produce lasting improvements, such as demonstration projects with plans for expanding or transferring to other regions, and efforts in developing countries to establish environmental programs or systems grounded in sound science and good engineering practice.
The Foundation will not consider funding:
- Individual travel assistance
- Cultural exchanges
- Capital campaigns or endowments
- Debt reduction
- Ongoing operational expenses
- Humanitarian aid
- Land acquisition
- Museum/library acquisitions
The Foundation prefers not to fund overhead or indirect costs. Award recipients will be expected to sign an agreement that outlines the Foundation's expectations for status reporting and budget management. These requirements include, but are not limited to:
- The Foundation requires semi-annual status reports relative to goals and budgets established in the application, and will withhold funds that have yet to be disbursed if satisfactory status reports are not received.
- Grantees agree to manage Foundation funds consistent with good accounting practice, and to provide timely and unrestricted access to relevant records for the purpose of audit and examination, which the Foundation may undertake at its discretion.
- The Foundation's support must be prominently acknowledged where applicable and at a minimum in all publications and promotional materials produced as part of the project for which funding is provided.