Place-Based Application Process

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While funding inquiries are welcome year-round, Cowell has a structured process in place for reviewing and approving prospects and proposals. Please carefully review the application overview below.

  1. Make sure your community is aligned with Cowell’s Strategy and Criteria.
  1. Call the Foundation. Before sending a letter or proposal, call our office at 415.397.0285 and talk with a program assistant. In addition to describing your organization and its work, be prepared to describe your community and potential opportunities for Cowell to invest in all three of its program areas: Families and Communities, Education and Youth Development. After this call you will be advised about next steps.
  1. If your work meets the criteria, you will be invited to send us a letter of introduction to your community. In response to the letter, we may decide to visit. We will ask for a tour of your community to learn about the places in which residents live, learn, work and access resources. We will also ask to hear from other leaders about how they work together and where there are opportunities for Cowell to invest in efforts to strengthen Families and Communities, Education and Youth Development.
  1. If your work aligns with the Foundation’s priorities, you will be invited to submit a request through our online portal. In addition to receiving a link to the portal, you will be advised of what to include in the request.