What we support

The Arca Foundation supports organizations and projects that work to advance economic and racial justice, an inclusive democracy, peace and security, human rights, and a clean environment.

We support strategic initiatives that work to engage diverse, impacted communities in organization that puts people on the front lines of social change; educate the public about policies that advance the greater good; promote transparency and access to information; and strive for structural, game-changing reforms.

Learn how to apply
The Foundation accepts three types of grant applications:
  1. General Support Requests
    Requests for general organizational support.
  2. Project Support Requests
    Requests for a specific project housed within an organization.
  3. Fiscally Sponsored Project Requests
    Requests by organizations that do not have their own 501(c)3 status but have secured a 501(c)3 organization as a fiscal sponsor or requests by organizations who intend to make a sub-grant in support of a particular organization or project.

Our Focus Areas

Arca supports educational and charitable activities that put people on the front lines of social change in pursuit of economic and racial justice, an inclusive democracy, peace and security, human rights, and a clean environment.

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  • Domestic
  • International
  • Innovative Ideas

The Arca Foundation provides grants to domestic public charities.


We do not provide grants for the following:
  • Individuals
  • Capital Projects/Endowments
  • Scholarships or Fellowships
  • Scholarly Research
  • Government Programs
  • Direct or Grassroots Lobbying
  • Direct Social and Human Services

Important dates


Spring Grants Cycle

Early January: Application links are posted on the Foundation’s website for the February 1 deadline.

February 1: Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. EST.

May/June: Arca Foundation’s Board of Trustees makes grant determinations. Board decisions are communicated via email two to three weeks following the board meeting.

 

Fall Grants Cycle

Early July: Application links are posted on the Foundation’s website for the August 1 deadline.

August 1: Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. EST.

November/December: Arca Foundation’s Board of Trustees makes grant determinations. Board decisions are communicated via email two to three weeks following the board meeting.

Review process overview


Proposal deadlines are 5:00 p.m. EST on February 1 and August 1 for the spring and fall cycles, respectively. Out-of-cycle and emergency proposals are not considered unless solicited by the Foundation. When deadlines fall on a weekend or holiday, the deadline will be the following business day by 5:00 p.m. EST. Proposals received after the 5 p.m. deadline will not be considered.

Applicants will receive an email notifying them that the Foundation has received their proposal. If you do not receive an email confirming your proposal submission, you have not successfully submitted your proposal via the Foundation’s online application system.

The Foundation will request further information regarding your application if needed.

The Arca Foundation Board of Trustees meets twice annually. The Foundation approves grants at these semi-annual board meetings, usually held in May/June and November/December of each year. Board decisions are communicated via email two to three weeks following each board meeting.