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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the average size of Arca’s grants?

The Arca Foundation’s average grant is approximately $50,000. However, many are less and a few are larger grants, depending upon the project.

Does the Arca Foundation fund international organizations?

No, the Arca Foundation only funds U.S.-based organizations.

Should my organization submit a letter of inquiry?

No, the Arca Foundation has a small staff that is unable to respond to letters of inquiry.

What is the proposal deadline?

The Arca Foundation typically has two deadlines annually, on February 1 and August 1, for consideration in June and December respectively. When deadline dates fall on a weekend, the deadline is effective on the next weekday. Late proposals will not be considered, and extensions are not available for any reason.  Check the Foundation's Home Page for the most up to date information on the current deadline before submitting. Proposals must be received by 5:00 pm on the deadline date.

What elements should be included in my proposal?

Please check our website here for the most up to date information on what to include for the Arca Foundation's upcoming docket.

Should I contact Arca regarding the status of my proposal?

No. You will receive an email notifying you that we have received your proposal, and indicating whether it will be considered by our Board, or whether it is outside the scope of the Foundation’s work and therefore cannot be considered further. If we have additional questions about your project or organization, we may contact you for details. You will be notified by email once the Board has made a decision with regard to your proposal.

Do I need to meet with Arca staff regarding my proposal in order for it to be considered?

No. Given the tremendous number of proposals we receive, it is not possible to meet with every applicant. However, if schedules permit, we welcome the opportunity to discuss your work either by telephone or in person.  The Arca Foundation Board and/or staff may request a site visit at your offices under some circumstances.

When and how will I find out whether my proposal has been funded?

You will be notified by mail once the Board has made a decision with regard to your proposal. We try to send this information out within a week of the Board’s decision at the regular semi-annual meetings.

Does Arca renew grants?

The Arca Foundation does not automatically renew grants to former grantees. Each new proposal and project is evaluated on its own merits, regardless of whether we have funded a particular organization or project in the past. Previous grantees may reapply for grants, although we typically do not award more than one grant to an organization in any one-year period. Thus, if your organization received a grant during a Spring funding cycle one year, you should not plan to submit another proposal until the following Spring except under exceptional circumstances.

Are former grantees guaranteed funding in the future?

No. Because we are a small foundation, we do not see ourselves as long-term sustaining funders. Rather, we see ourselves as “seed” funders—providing initial funding for new projects or organizations that are on the leading edge of progressive policy. We do, however, sometimes provide grants to former grantees if their work merits continued funding over the years, or in very limited instances multiyear grants for longer term projects.

Does the Arca Foundation consider requests for emergency funding or funding between grant cycles?

No, we do not accept unsolicited proposals between grant cycles. If we receive your proposal after the deadline, or well in advance of one, we may ask you to re-submit your proposal for the next funding cycle, but such a request should not be seen as a guarantee of future funding in that next cycle. We may make a grant for travel that is of special circumstance, presents as a unique opportunity, and might not be the subject of an ordinary request for funding.