Community Grants FAQ

Who can apply for funding?

Organizations that are recognized under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, School, Government Agency, Church or Religious Organization, or that have a fiscal sponsor that is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and serve Benton County may submit funding requests. Funding is not provided for organizations that discriminate by race, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, or national origin, political campaigns or candidates, lobby activities, religious organizations for inherently religious purposes, or private individuals.

What grants are available to apply for?

You may apply for a Competitive Grant during our grant cycle (December 4, 2023 – January 24, 2024).

BCF Competitive Grants focus on local funding opportunities that are tailored to support the long term success of children, youth and families throughout Benton County. All competitive grant requests must be for a project which supports the growth, development, and success of children, youth and or families in Benton County.

Applicants must select one of the following priorities on the grant application:  

  • Arts and Culture  (e.g. art programs, musical opportunities for youth)
  • Human Services  (e.g. school supplies, emergency food, other basic need type asks)
  • Education and Youth Development  (e.g. education, mentorship, early literacy, scholarships for programs)
  • Community Betterment (e.g.park improvements, community health and safety programs or events)
  • Elizabeth Starker Cameron Memorial Fund – One $5,700 grant for a project that promotes voting and citizenship responsibilities.

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What if I don’t know which priority area to select?

You can see examples of past projects funded in each priority area here. When determining what priority area to select consider what the primary outcome of the project. Refer to your mission what does it say about your priorities.

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Is there a cap on Competitive Grant requests?

Yes, the cap for 2024 is $10,000. There are two grant funding levels: grant requests of $5,000 or less and grant requests $5,001-$10,000. However, we only have $106, 200 available in our awards pool. The award range is usually $3,000 to $7,000.

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How do we submit a BCF Grant Application?

BCF applications are available on December 4, 2023. Applications are due no later than 5:00pm on January 24, 2024. All BCF applications may be submitted through the new online portal.

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May we submit more than one application to the BCF Grant Cycle?

Yes, as long as projects are distinctly different.

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Do you share our grant application with BCF donors?

Yes, we may share the applications with our Donor Advised Fund holders and other Partners in Philanthropy. Grant applications may be shared with interested donors throughout the year.

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How will we know that you’ve received our grant application?

You will receive an email when your application has been submitted.

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How long does the grant process take?

Each grant request is carefully reviewed and evaluated. The process can take up to 7 weeks.

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Who decides if our grant request will be funded or not?

Your application is first reviewed by the Director of Grants and Programs to ensure all the necessary information is included. Grants are reviewed by members of our community and forwarded by the BCF Grants Committee to the BCF Board for final approval.

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What are the evaluation criteria?

The three main categories are Impact on Community, Project Feasibility, and Sustainability/Organizational Capacity. Please see the BCF Competitive Grant Cycle Review Process on the website.

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Do you fund staffing?

We will consider requests for operational support and encourage you to have a clear plan outlined for sustainability of your organization’s operations – especially when it comes to continuing salaries after BCF funding ends. Requests for operational support must also fit in one of the priority areas listed above.

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How will we know the outcome of our grant application?

After final approval by the BCF Board you will be notified of your grant status by the Director of Grants and Programs. If awarded a grant you will be sent a grant acceptance agreement which will give you all the necessary information on your grant award.

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May we contact BCF before submitting our application?

The Director of Grants and Programs is happy to have an informal conversation with you about your project or application. You may email her at

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What type of reporting is required if we receive a grant?

Within thirty (30) days of the grant termination date, or earlier provided the funds have been expended, you will be required to submit a written report to BCF describing the impact of your project. Impact Report forms will be available on the BCF website or by contacting the Director of Grants and Programs.

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