The 2020 grant application process has begun. 

The Olive Tree Foundation is a private, independent philanthropy committed to extending our gifts, talents, and resources for the betterment of our communities.

We have been making grants to U.S.-based nonprofits since 1997 because we believe children should have access to basic necessities, such as food, shelter, and clothing along with books that teach them to dream and opportunities that help them live out those dreams. We value education, family, neighborhoods, and literary, arts, and cultural resources.

Please read our guidelines to see if your tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization is eligible for funding. Contact us for more information.

Eligibility Guidelines

The Olive Tree Foundation, Inc. is a private, independent philanthropy committed to extending our gifts, talents, and resources for the betterment of our communities.

The OTF makes competitive grants to applicants who best meet the eligibility qualifications in the grantmaking year.

Eligible grant applicants include public agencies or organizations headquartered in the United States and tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. 

The Olive Tree Foundation provides funding for:

  • Education 

Supporting institutions that develop the academic skills of youth during the critical stages of their development. Key objectives should include character-building; fostering ethics, teamwork, self-esteem and self-confidence; broadening horizons and aspirations; strengthening unique abilities and talents; developing community awareness and involvement; improving academic, communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Publishing

Funding the writing, editing, and publishing of works of historical interest (nonfiction), fiction and art that OTF members believe should be made available to the public.

  • Construction

Granting support for institutions building structures that would improve the quality of life in communities or renovating structures that preserve a historical heritage.

  • Community

Strengthening organizations involved in the protection of civil rights; uplifting individuals to enable them to become self-sufficient and self-sustaining; sheltering the indigent and infirm; supporting institutions involved in establishing and improving health and environmental infrastructures that enhance quality of life in the communities they serve.

The Olive Tree Foundation DOES NOT support:

  • Funding for ongoing general operating expenses
  • Funding for staff salaries
  • Organizations with existing deficits
  • Private foundations, as defined under Section 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code
  • Direct support of individuals
  • Conferences or symposia (unless they clearly relate to The Olive Tree Foundation’s goals or an outgrowth of one of its grant programs)
  • Organizations based outside of the United States
  • Fraternal organizations
  • Political organizations
  • Biomedical research
  • Organizations that do not follow OTF grant application guidelines

To Apply, applicants should be prepared to attach:

  • Proof of 501(c)(3) tax-exemption status 
  • Latest IRS Form 990 (or 990-EZ or 990-N as appropriate)
  • Latest Financial Statement

To Apply, applicants should be prepared to answer questions regarding:

  • What your organization does
  • Background information concerning your institution and its board members
  • Qualifications of the project's director
  • How granted funds will contribute to solving or ameliorating the problem or fulfilling the need, including the project's principal objectives and expected outcome
  • Timetable for the project or mission
  • Whether the project requires partnerships with other organizations and their importance to its success
  • Plan for assessing the project's results
  • Total estimated project budget, including the amount requested from the Foundation and any other anticipated sources of support
  • Plan for sustaining the project after grant funding expires