2020 Grant Cycle
Applications are closed for 2020 —the deadline for submitting a grant proposal was March 15.  

To Apply in the Future
If you are considering applying for a grant in the future, take a look at our grant guidelines to see if your project is one our foundation might support... you can check back here for an update.  Each year we start to accept grant proposals in January and our deadline for submission is March 15.

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Grant Guidelines

In 1998, the Jerry Metcalf Foundation inaugurated its annual award program. Each spring, the Foundation awards around $50,000 to selected individuals and organizations. Most grants that have been awarded in our 17-year history have fallen between $1,000 to $15,000. The Foundation invites applications for the following purposes.

  • specific projects
  • buildings
  • assets and endowments
  • operation and administration costs
  • matching funds


The Foundation supports projects in these areas:

  • the visual, performing, and literary arts
  • historical research and preservation
  • environmental research and conservation
  • education and community health


Application Process & Timeline

We have honed our granting process to make it as efficient as possible.


Submit official application form (aka "the cover sheet") with a two-page letter of interest, which includes a narrative description of the project and a preliminary budget. Carefully follow these application instructions. If you do not, your proposal will not be reviewed. Letters of interest must be postmarked no later than March 15.


The board will review all complete applications that follow the instructions.


The board announces the grant awards for each year on June 8.

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