Please read the following FAQs and instructions carefully for information about our online application process. For more information about grants with the Cultural Council, please refer to the application guidelines found in the Application Toolkits for each Category (B, CII and CI).
Please contact Wendy Boucher at firstname.lastname@example.org or (561) 471-2901 if you have questions.
What internet browser do you recommend I use?
For the best user experience when accessing our Online Grants Manager, use the most recent version of: Google Chrome, Firefox, or Safari. It is fine to use Internet Explorer, but you may encounter some minor technical problems.
Where do I find the application I am looking for?
From the homepage for your Category (B
), go to the Application Toolkit and click on the “Apply Online” link. After you have logged into the online grants manager, click the “Apply” link on the left. This will take you to the list of grant opportunities currently accepting applications. If you can’t find the correct Category application, its deadline may have already passed, or it might not have opened yet for the next round.
How do I create an account?
If it is your organization’s first time in the system, you will need to register before you can log in. On the landing page, click on the “Create New Account” button and follow the steps indicated.
Why does my organization have to have a Guidestar profile?
Our online application portal, operated by Foundant, connects us to Guidestar
so that we may perform what’s called a “Charity Check.” In lieu of submitting the organization’s IRS 501(c)(3) determination letter, you need to create a free profile on Guidestar. The Charity Check will replace the need to submit hard copies to the Council and other local funders now requiring Guidestar registration.
Do I have to complete my application all at once?
No. Find the “Save” button at the bottom of the application to save the application often and before logging out. There is also an auto-save feature. You can log in at a later time to continue working on your application.
Can I draft my answers directly in the program?
Yes, but it’s a good idea to draft your answers in a Word document first. When you first open the online application, you’ll see a “Question List” button at the top. Using this button, you can download and print all the application questions in a PDF for reference while you draft your answers in Word. Do not use any special formatting in your Word document – formatting will be lost as you copy and paste. You have some formatting capabilities within the online application itself. Best practices suggest that you paste your answer into a program like Notepad to strip out formatting before copying and pasting into the online application. Once you have answered at least one question on the application, another button will appear called “Application Packet.” This button will let you download a PDF of the questions and your answers to your computer.
When is the deadline?
Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. (Eastern) on the day of the deadline. Refer to the appropriate application guidelines for your category to determine the correct deadline date.
How will I know that my application was successfully submitted?
When an application is successfully submitted, you will be taken to a confirmation page. In addition, you should receive an email confirming your application submission. If you have failed to respond to a required question, the system will notify you that the application is not complete and you will have to complete the missing questions before you can submit. If you do not receive the confirmation email or have any concerns, please contact the Grants Department.
How should I name my files?
Each file should have a name that identifies your organization and the type of required document. For example, a file of balance sheets and profit and loss statements for the past two fiscal years could be named “OrgName-financials.” Do not use any symbols except for a period or a dash, as symbols can interfere with the upload process.