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GRANT GUIDELINES/FAQ

This information is intended to provide you with the primary guidelines the American Fidelity Foundation utilizes when determining whether or not to fund applications made by 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations.

Priority Areas

The American Fidelity Foundation has chosen to concentrate its limited resources in a few focused areas. Priority is given to:

• Programs that support education, early childhood through universities;lyric

• Arts and culture initiatives, with most resources devoted to major grants made to the Allied Arts of Central Oklahoma, which then supports 20 different agencies;

•  Health and human services assistance, primarily through major grants provided to the United Way of Central Oklahoma and which are then allocated to 62 partner agencies;

•  Civic and economic development programs that help strengthen the economic and social vitality of communities where American Fidelity Colleagues live and work;

• Nonprofits that also have significant and active volunteer support from American Fidelity Colleagues;Canterbury

• Programs that have specific, measurable and achievable objectives that can be evaluated for success;

• Initiatives that include collaborations between nonprofit organizations;

• Projects that provide creative models for broader adoption, replication and impact; and,

• Nonprofits that have demonstrated positive results and good stewardship with funds previously provided by the American Fidelity Foundation.

Exclusions

The American Fidelity Foundation does not provide funding for:

CPR• Organizations that are not tax exempt under paragraph 501(c)3 of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service Code;
• Individuals, for any purpose;
• Requests to support travel expenses;
• Organizations which in turn would provide grants to charities they choose (except for United Way or Allied Arts of Central Oklahoma);
• Capital campaigns;
• Endowment campaigns, except to fund scholarships or for other specific education projects;
• Private clubs;
• Religious, fraternal or sectarian organizations;
• Organizations that seek to influence or initiate legislation; and,
• Political candidates, political parties or political campaigns.

FAQ's

How do I qualify for one of your grants?

Our foundation provides grants only to 501(c)3 charities as determined by the Internal Revenue Service. Please review the Grant Guidelines section to determine if your organization or project is aligned with the priority areas typically funded by the American Fidelity Foundation.

What is the average size of an American Fidelity Foundation grant?

The grant amounts funded vary widely, depending on the strength of the application and on the resources of the Foundation. However, most of the Foundation’s grants to a single charity are between $500 and $5,000.

How much does the American Fidelity Foundation give each year?

In recent years, the Foundation has made grants annually which averages about $700,000 a year since 2007.

When do you accept applications?

The Foundation does not accept unsolicited applications. Instead of submitting an application, agencies seeking funding should submit a letter of interest to the Foundation, by e-mail or mail, describing the project or program to be funded. If there is interest and if funding is available, the non-profit will then be asked to complete a formal application.

Does the American Fidelity Foundation provide support to private foundations?

No. Instead, we directly support only 501(c)3 agencies.

Will my non-profit receive the amount requested if we are asked to submit an application?

Not necessarily. The grant amount may be reduced based on the strength of the application or on Foundation funds available at that time.

Do you only provide cash grants?

Yes. However, if you have need for in-kind donations or for volunteers for a 501(c)3 organization, please notify us by going to the Contact Us section and sending us an e-mail message. We will then share that information with American Fidelity companies who may be able to help.

We have not yet received notification from the IRS that we are a 501(c)3 organization. Can we still apply while that is pending?

No. Applicants must have a letter of 501(c)3 status from the IRS at the time of application.

I received a cash grant from you earlier this year. Am I eligible to receive another grant for a different project?

No, not during the same calendar year.

NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATION:

As a matter of policy, the American Fidelity Foundation does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin or physical disability.