Frequently Asked Questions

What types of grants does the Darr Family Foundation fund?

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Through the Open Grant Cycle, grants are primarily awarded to programs meeting the mission of “empowering at-risk youth to overcome barriers to opportunity.” We fund expansion of existing programs, and establishment of new programs. The Foundation also funds large collaborative programs addressing Early Childhood Education and Literacy in the Springfield, Missouri community.

What is the typical size of a grant?

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A grant request of any size may be considered; however, the majority of our grants awarded through the Open Grant Cycle range from $1,000 – $20,000.

Does your process require a concept letter prior to applying for a grant?

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No, that step in our grant making process has been eliminated.

Does the DFF provide emergency or immediate funding?

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Due to our grant cycle and selection process, we cannot guarantee a rapid response to an emergency request. All applications that meet our criteria, emergency or otherwise, will be considered upon submission.

Does the DFF make successive-year or multi-year grants?

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Requests made through the Open Grant Cycle are typically funded for one year at a time. Large collaboratives applying through the Early Childhood Education and Literacy program may apply for multiple years of funding.

May I apply for more than one grant per grant period?

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Our Foundation will only consider one grant request from your organization at each application deadline.

What are the DFF’s grant submission deadlines?

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The deadline for the Open Grant Cycle is March 15th by 5pm annually. Open grant applications will no longer be accepted in the Fall.  The Early Childhood Education and Literacy applications are due September 15, 2017.

Do Foundation representatives conduct site visits?

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We seek opportunities to visit with prospective grantees. We also visit current grantees to review program operation and impact.