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The Foundation accepts and processes application for grants between May 1st and September 30th. While the Foundation’s Board of Directors reviews and determines final action on all grants, communication with Foundation Directors is discouraged.

To gain a better understanding of the Foundation’s funding priorities and interests, please consult the Grant Qualifications and Frequently Asked Questions (Grant FAQs) sections of the web site.

If, after reviewing the guidelines, there is sufficient reason to believe that the Foundation’s funding priorities and interests are compatible with the needs of the organization seeking support, then a brief Letter of Inquiry (LOI) and completed application should be submitted.

A completed GRANT APPLICATION PACKAGE should be submitted via U.S. mail. The GRANT APPLICATION PACKAGE should be addressed to GRANT DEPARTMENT.

1. Step One:

Review the Grant Qualifications and Frequently Asked Questions (Grant FAQs) section of the web site to determine compatibility with the Foundation’s funding priorities and interest.

2. Step Two:

Applicants to The Ray Charles Foundation must submit a GRANT APPLICATION PACKAGE, consisting of:

Section I: Cover Letter (one page)

Section II:

Grant Check List
Print, verify, and sign

Online Grant Application Form
Fill out the 1-page online template provided, print, and sign

Section III: Letter of Inquiry
Letter of Inquiry Questions

a) a brief description of the organization

b) a brief history of the organization

c) the population it serves

d) the programs it provides

e) a brief description of the project for which funding is requested

f) the total cost of the project for which funding is sought

g) the amount raised to date

h) the amount requested from The Ray Charles Foundation.

• Section IV: Attachments

• Proof of IRS federal tax-exempt status

• Copy of current year IRS form 990

• Annual report, if available

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Please send completed GRANT APPLICATION PACKAGE to the following address:

GRANT DEPARTMENT
The Ray Charles Foundation
2107 West Washington Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90018