2017 Grant Cycle

The deadline for submitting an application for this year's grant cycle was March 15. Thanks to everyone who sent us a proposal. All finalists will be notified by May 1.

2018 Grant Cycle

If you missed this year's deadline, make sure to mark your calendar for next year. At this point, we anticipate that our process and grant guidelines will be the same and we'll start accepting applications in January 2018.

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Grant Guidelines

In 1998, the Jerry Metcalf Foundation inaugurated its annual award program. Each spring, the Foundation awards around $50,000 to selected individuals and organizations. Most grants that have been awarded in our 17-year history have fallen between $1,000 to $15,000. The Foundation invites applications for the following purposes.

  • specific projects
  • buildings
  • assets and endowments
  • operation and administration costs
  • matching funds


The Foundation supports projects in these areas:

  • the visual, performing, and literary arts
  • historical research and preservation
  • environmental research and conservation
  • education and community health


Application Process & Timeline

We have honed our granting process to make it as efficient as possible.


Submit official application form (aka "the cover sheet") with a two-page letter of interest, which includes a narrative description of the project and a preliminary budget. Carefully follow these application instructions. If you do not, your proposal will not be reviewed. Letters of interest must be postmarked no later than March 15.


The board will review all complete applications that follow the instructions. All finalists will be notified by May 1, and we will mail grant checks (and announce the grant awards for each year) on June 8.


The board announces the grant awards for each year on June 8.

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