Answers to frequently asked questions regarding grantseekers’s eligibility and Carnegie Corporation of New York’s grantmaking processes:

Do you have application deadlines?

There are no formal deadlines to apply for funding. The Corporation accepts letters of inquiry on an ongoing basis.

Can anyone apply?

Yes, however it should be noted that we do not seek, and rarely fund, unsolicited grant applications.

How can my organization apply?

To submit a letter of inquiry, please visit the How to Apply section of our website and follow the directions on that page.

Can we apply if we are not a nonprofit organization?

Yes, but funding is unlikely as the Corporation awards the majority of its grants to support public agencies, universities, and public charities that are tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code or their equivalent.

Can the Corporation fund internationally?

Yes, but on a very limited scope. The Corporation’s charter allows for a small percent of funding to be granted to nonprofit organizations based in countries that are, or have been, members of the British Commonwealth.

Can I schedule a meeting with Corporation staff to discuss projects and/or funding opportunities?

Due to the large number of requests we receive, we are unable to accommodate requests for meetings. To determine if a project is a match with our program areas, please visit the How to Apply section of our website and follow the directions on the page.

Can I get a scholarship or grant for my child or myself to attend school?

No, the Corporation does not make grants for this type of scholarship.

Can I send a letter of inquiry by hardcopy mail?

No, we require all letters of inquiry to be submitted through our online application system. To do so, please visit the How to Apply section of our website and follow the directions on the page.

Do you fund general support grants?

The majority of the Corporation’s grants are not for general support.

Does the Corporation fund ENDOWMENTS or capital campaigns?

The Corporation does not fund endowments or capital costs, including construction or renovation.

When and how will I be notified if my application has been declined or if the Corporation will be requesting a formal proposal?

Organizations will receive an automated response confirming that their application has been received and, in general, are notified via email within four to six weeks if their application has been declined or if the Corporation would like to request additional information about a funding request.

Does the Corporation provide feedback on proposals that are not selected for funding?

Due to the large number of requests we receive, we are unable to respond to requests for feedback. Our decision is focused on the substance of your proposed work, and how well it fits with our grantmaking programs, goals, and funding strategies at the time.