Application Guidelines

General Considerations

The Foundation does not make grants to individuals. Grants are considered for IRS-qualified non-profit organizations located within the United States, and typically range from $1,000 to $20,000.

The Foundation will consider requests to support museums, cultural, and performing arts programs; schools, hospitals, educational and skills training programs, programs for youth, seniors, and persons with disabilities; environmental and wildlife protection activities; and other community-based organizations and their programs.

Letter of Request

Organizations seeking support from the Foundation may submit a letter of request, not exceeding three pages in length, which includes a brief description of the purpose of the organization, and a brief outline of the program or project for which funding is sought.

To ensure that your organization is a qualified grantee under the provisions of the Internal Revenue Code, a copy of the IRS letter stating your Section 501(c) (3) tax-exempt/not a private foundation status, must be included with the application. Should your request be selected for further consideration, additional financial information, including copies of recent 990s filed with the IRS over the past four years, will be required.

The request must also include an itemized operating budget and, for organizations seeking program or project support,  an itemized budget for the program or project. Please do not submit bound financial statements, 990s or copies of audit reports with your initial request.

In addition to your letter of request, determination letter, and budget(s), the request must be headed by a cover letter containing: general contact information, including your organization's official name (and DBA if applicable), a point of contact for the organization and that person's position, and the organization's mailing address, phone number, and email address; the grant's purpose and the amount of funding your organization is requesting; a check list confirming the required items are included; a brief overview of your organization's purpose including your organization's mission and the population your organization serves (no longer than 100 words); and a brief description of how potential funding would be utilized and the population it might serve (no longer than 100 words). The cover letter will serve as your organization's introduction to the Foundation and is an important factor in our consideration. An example cover letter may be found under the Example Cover Letter tab.


Grants are awarded by the Foundation in the Spring and Autumn of each year. Organizations may apply once annually and may not apply for consecutive grant rounds (Autumn/Spring, Spring/Autumn).

For the Spring round of grants, the deadline is November 10

For the Autumn round of grants, the deadline is May 10

(In those instances when the deadline date falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline shall move to the next business day.)

Please be aware the deadline is no longer a postmark deadline. Proposals must be in hand no later than 5 p.m. on the respective deadline date. Proposals may be dropped off at Foundation's office which is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Should the door be locked, applications may be submitted through the mail slot. Requests received following a deadline date will be held for consideration in the following grant round.

Mailing Your Request

Application packages should be sent in hard copy (no e-mail submissions will be accepted) to:

The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation

Attn: Mary P. Surrey, President

2233 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Suite 414

Washington, DC 20007

Please be sure to include all of the required materials as the Foundation is unable to consider incomplete proposals. Additional information may be found on the FAQ page. 

(Last updated: February 2020)

The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation