The 2021 grant application process has begun. 

The Olive Tree Foundation, Inc., is an independent philanthropy established in the United States in 1997.

Our mission: The Olive Tree Foundation strives to support U.S.-based nonprofits that provide food, shelter, medical care and education for those in need; make arts and culture more accessible and equitable; invest in community and youth and adult development; and protect the environment.

Please read our guidelines to see if your tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization is eligible for funding. Visit How to Apply for additional information and a link to the application.

Ends on This opportunity will close after 150 submissions have been received.

The Olive Tree Foundation, Inc. makes competitive grants to applicants that best meet the eligibility qualifications in the current grant-making year. Grants are typically dispersed in the fourth quarter of the calendar year.

Eligible grant applicants are public agencies or organizations tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Proof of tax-exemption status is required with application.

Organizations eligible to apply for grants from The Olive Tree Foundation focus on:

  • Basic necessities: We support nonprofits that provide food for the hungry, shelter the indigent and infirm and provide medical (physical and emotional) care to those in need.
  • Youth education and development: OTF support nonprofits that help develop and reinforce youth academic skills. Key objectives should include STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math); character-building that fosters ethics, teamwork, self-esteem and self-confidence; the broadening horizons and aspirations; strengthening unique abilities and talents; developing community awareness and involvement; and improving academic, communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Adult education and development: We support nonprofits that promote literacy and workforce development through programs that empower adults to become self-sufficient and self-sustaining.
  • Community development:  We support nonprofits involved in the protection of civil rights, justice, and the creation of environmental infrastructures that enhance quality of life in the communities they serve.
  • Arts and Culture: We support nonprofits that improve the quality of life in communities through arts and cultural enrichment and preservation of historical heritage.

Organizations NOT eligible for funding from The Olive Tree Foundation are:

  • Seeking funding for staff salaries
  • Seeking direct support of individuals
  • Seeking funding for biomedical research
  • Private foundations, as defined under Section 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code
  • Organizations NOT based/headquartered in the United States
  • Fraternal organizations
  • Political organizations

Click here for information on how to apply if you meet the eligibility requirements.


When does The Olive Tree Foundation accept grant applications? We typically accept grant applications from January through late April. However, it is best to check the website in early December for specific dates.

When should I apply for a grant? OTF usually disperses grants in the fourth quarter of each calendar year. Apply accordingly.

Does my organization really have to be headquartered in the United States? Yes; we only make grants to U.S.-based nonprofits.

Does it matter what geographic areas within the U.S. my organization serves? We make grants to nonprofits throughout the country. However, individual grant committee members may have an affinity to a particular community.

May I apply if my organization serves communities outside of the U.S.?Yes, we make grants to U.S.-based nonprofits that serve other countries in need.

May I apply if my organization is operating at a deficit? Yes, but keep in mind the grants are competitive and having a deficit could put your organization at a disadvantage. Your grant application should include the reason for the deficit, what you will do to rectify the deficit, and why the grant committee should consider your organization as sustainable.

What are some other reasons an organization might be rejected for funding? Grant applications may be rejected if the application is incomplete, information is missing, information is unclear, projects don't meet mission requirements, organizations are ineligible, or if competing applicant projects better fit our mission.

If my grant request is declined, will I receive information stating why? No; each year the number of grant applicants grows exponentially, and considering our limited funds, we cannot reply to each declined applicant with reasoning.