Application Procedures

NEW! The foundation recently added a Use of Funds Report Form to be used by all grantees to submit final reports at the end of their grant period. (This format can also be used by multi-year grantees to submit interim reports at the end of each year of their grant period.)

Applications to the Catherine Holmes Wilkins Charitable Foundation are accepted through Bank of America’s online grants portal. Paper or emailed applications are not accepted.

All grant requests — single-year and multi-year — must be submitted here: https://www.bankofamerica.com/philanthropic/grantmaking.go. Search for the foundation’s name on the drop down menu; this will take you to a link to the application form. Paper applications are no longer accepted.

The application narrative includes the following topics:

  • Description of Request
  • Purpose/Need
  • Description of Activities
  • Sustainability Plan
  • Challenges
  • Demographics of Populations Served
  • Program Financial Data
  • Goals & Outcomes
  • Organizational Financial Data

The application asks for the following attachments:

  • Board of Directors list
  • Organizational Summary
  • Organizational Budget
  • Project Budget
  • Other Funding Sources
  • Financial Statements
  • Staff list
  • IRS Determination Letter
Multi-Year Funding

Multi-year grants are awarded for 3-year terms. Multi-year funding requests will be considered if applicants meet the following criteria:

  • Organizations which have never received a multi-year grant from the Wilkins Foundation are eligible to apply only if the organization has received at least 2 single-year grants from the Foundation within the past 5 years.
  • Organizations which have received multi-year grants in the past from the Wilkins Foundation are welcome to submit a new multi-year grant request any time at least 2 years after the end of their last multi-year grant.

FORMAT: Multi-year requests use the same online application form as single-year requests. There is a field on the form where applicants are asked to indicate the timeframe for their request. If making a multi-year request, in your narrative please include information about the projected goals and activities over a three-year period. We recognize that the initial year will be described in greatest detail. Provide a projected three-year project budget, with greatest detail for the initial year. Recipients of a multi-year grant will need to submit brief interim reports during their grant period in order to secure subsequent payments. These interim reports must include an actual year-end budget (income and expenses) for the reported grant period as well as a projected budget for the year ahead.

Proposal Deadlines

Requests are reviewed and grants awarded 3 times each year. Proposals must be received:

  • 2nd Monday of March (spring cycle)
  • 4th Friday of June (summer cycle)
  • 2nd Friday of October (fall cycle)