Types of Funding

The Ray & Kay Eckstein Charitable Trust will make grants to provide for organizational expenditures in any of the following categories:

  • To meet operational needs
  • To fund programs & projects
  • For capital projects
  • To build endowment funds (limited availability)


 Recipient Requirements

Grant recipient organizations must comply with all of the following requirements:

  • Registered nonprofit organization that is recognized under the Internal Revenue Code as a qualified tax-exempt entity; 
  • Have a mission that is consistent with the Trust’s core values:
  • Be managed in a manner that is fiscally sound by effectively delivering services while keeping general and management costs to a minimum;
  • Demonstrate actual need by showing how the funds will be used and the expected outcomes on the people served; and, 
  • Be accountable for the funds provided and capable of achieving the desired results.


Recipient Restrictions

Grants will not be provided to the following type of applicants:

  • Organizations with a mission or grant purpose that is in conflict with the Trust’s values;
  • Supporting organizations categorized as 509(a)(3) entities;
  • Other private foundations;
  • Entities using the grant to carry on propaganda or to influence legislation; and
  • Individuals, unless specific IRS guidance is followed.


 Categories Not Currently Supported

Trustees have elected to not fund the following at the present time:

  • Visual and Performing Arts
  • Environmental Causes
  • Sponsorships
  • Booster Clubs
  • Funding for 100% of salaried positions
  • Church/School capital campaigns
  • Organizations that are not domestically based
  • Organizations that have been operating less than three (3) years (IRS Determination Letter Ruling)
  • Multi-year Operational/Programming Requests


Application Requirements

If, after reading the guidelines above, you believe that your organization and its programs fall within the interests of the Trust, please complete our online application.  The Trust no longer accepts paper applications.   You should receive an email confirmation when a submission is made. If for some reason you do not, please contact our office for further instruction. Applicants are eligible to submit a full application one time within a 12 month period.