Welcome to the Ray & Kay Eckstein Charitable Trust


We are a family foundation committed to honoring the legacy of our founders, Ray and Kay Eckstein.  The delight they took in sharing their good fortune with others continues to inspire us as we work together, guided by shared beliefs and values, endeavoring to make a difference in people’s lives.

For a grant to be considered for review, it must be received by the close of business on the dates listed below.  A pre-qualification request will need to be initiated and approved prior to applying for ALL REQUESTS regardless of prior application or award.  Pre-qualification request deadlines are four (4) days prior to the end of a grant cycle. All requests and grant applications must be submitted through our online grant portal (no paper requests considered.)  To enter the grant portal and begin the process, click on the leaf icon that states “Enter Grant System” on the right side of this page.  If the leaf icon is not in view, reduce the zoom on your internet browser.

Scheduled grant committee meetings for 2021 are listed below pending the availability of funds and/or maximum capacity of applications received per cycle:

  • Q1 2021  –  Applications will be received October 1 – December 31st for Q1 meeting.
  • Q2 2021  –  Applications will be received January 1 – March 31st for Q2 meeting.
  • Q3 2021  –  Applications will be received April 1 – June 30th for Q3 meeting.
  • Q4 2021 – Applications will be received July 1 – September 30th for Q4 meeting.

Quarterly Trustee meetings occur after committee meetings.  All grant decisions require the approval of the full board of Trustees.  Applicants will be notified of grant decisions after the 10th of March, June, September, and December.

Applicants are encouraged to apply early in each funding cycle.  The Trust will accept a limited number of fully complete and accurate applications each funding cycle. 

FIRST TIME APPLICANTS – A decision regarding pre-qualifications submitted during a grant cycle will occur in the FOLLOWING grant cycle. Due to increased needs of existing partners as result of COVID-19, our ability to partner with new charities is limited. Preference is given to organizations providing basic human needs.