Givers Gain® Grants Eligibility Criteria & Guidelines
(United States of America)
The BNI Foundation gives grants by referral only. A school or educational organization must have an active Business Voices Team working with them in order to be invited to apply for a grant. In addition, the school or educational organization must be an approved public 501c3 (non-profit) to be eligible to receive charitable contributions.
The BNI Foundation does not accept grant proposals from:
- Unsolicited requests
- Schools or educational organizations without an active Business Voices Team
- Schools or educational organizations that discriminate with regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, age, ancestry, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status
- Organizations without a primary focus on children’s education
- Grants which benefit individuals
- Requests for partial funding for large projects
- Private foundations
- Conferences and seminars
- Capital campaigns
The grant monies should fund projects which:
- will benefit the largest number of children possible
- will enhance the classroom or learning environment, and does not primarily provide items that will become the property of students
- enhance learning and engagement in the classroom or educational environment
- when possible, will benefit multiple classrooms, teachers, or instructors
Typically, ten Givers Gain® Grants of $1,000 each are awarded each year. Five are awarded in May and five in December after a six-week open-application cycle. Schools and educational organizations may only apply for a grant once within a rolling 12 month period.
Multi-year proposals are not considered.
Grant Review Process:
- Grants will be awarded by the BNI Foundation’s Board of Directors after a review process conducted by the Business Voices Advisory Council.
- The number of grant awards is dependent upon the number of applications received and the amount of available funds at the time of the funding cycle and is subject to change.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How can I be referred if I have no current contact or relationship with someone on a Business Voices Team?
Since our teams are predominantly made of of BNI chapter members, please visit BNI to meet our members and learn if there is a local Business Voices team. You may find a chapter near you at www.BNI.com. If there is no Business Voices team serving your community, please email email@example.com, and our staff will assist you with determining the likelihood that a team may be forming in the future.
What kind of information do you require from me in order to be considered for a grant?
We appreciate that educators are not grant writers. Our grant application is very straight forward and is sent to you in the form of a link to a questionnaire. We will need to know your contact information, including the school or organization’s address; tax ID number; information about your project, such as size of your classroom, subject, name of your project, how it will benefit the students and how you will measure that; how you will spend the grant money; how you are being assisted by the local Business Voices team; who is your contact and what is their contact information; and your non-profit’s budget and a copy of your most recent 990 tax form.
If I have another organization who will pay part of my project, may I apply to the BNI Foundation for the balance of the costs?
No, we want to fund the full amount of your project. The only exception would be if your Business Voices team has committed to match the Givers Gain® grant amount of $1000 by doing local fund raising for your school or educational organization to support your project.
May I apply more than once?
You may apply by referral of your Business Voices team only one time within a 12-month timeframe. For example, if your team refers you for the Spring grant cycle, you would not be able to be referred again until the following Spring grant cycle.
How will I know if I have been awarded the grant?
We pride ourselves on getting through the grant cycle quickly and efficiently. We make every effort to have the grants reviewed and recipients selected within two weeks of closing a grant cycle. So after the Spring grant cycle closes May 1, you could expect to be notified the week of May 15. After the Fall grant cycle closes November 1, you could be notified the week of November 15.
Will I be notified if I am not awarded the grant?
We will make every attempt to notify everyone of the status of your application; however, due to the volume of requests received, it is not always possible to notify everyone. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us to inquire as to the status of your application.
I am not located in the USA. May I be referred to the BNI Foundation for a Givers Gain® grant by a Business Voices team in another country?
Our BNI Foundation affiliates have their own registered NGOs and make grants from within their countries. Please contact us for more information on BNI Foundation activity in your country, if applicable.
How do I contact the BNI Foundation?
By email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 704-248-4800, ext: 91.