The Bender Family Foundation works to foster, preserve and fund arts, culture, education, history and environmental projects primarily in the City and County of Albany. However, applications from organizations within a radius of 40 miles from the site of the New York State Capitol building in the City of Albany will also be considered.
Grants usually range between $5,000 and $10,000. Following are some brief guidelines:
- The Foundation accepts proposals from organizations where its directors are active as volunteers, directors or donors.
- We award challenge grants and permit our grants to be used as matching funds for other foundation grants.
- WE GIVE PRIORITY TO ALBANY PROJECTS
- We accept requests for grants to support capital campaigns and capital expenditures.
- Although we do not give to the same organization in consecutive years, we will consider multi-year grants when appropriate.
- We do not make grants to individuals or to support annual fund drives.
- The Bender Family Foundation will not consider grant proposals that do not follow the guidelines.
Staff will conduct the initial review of the Pre-Application Questionnaire and may ask for additional information. Applicants that do not adhere to the Foundation’s guidelines will be asked to resubmit.
Foundation Trustees will review and discuss all complete Pre-Application Questionnaires, as well as subsequent formal applications. If we are unfamiliar with your organization, we will request a site visit. During that visit, we will ask that you provide us with the following:
- Brochures, annual reports, or other descriptive materials (if available); and
- Descriptions of key staff, including qualifications.
We will notify you, in writing, of the Trustees’ decisions.
Pre-Application Questionnaires are due March 15th and will be reviewed by April 15th. Information on the formal application – including submission deadlines – will then be sent to those who are invited to continue with the application process.
Occasionally, complex applications require additional review time. If that’s the case, we will let you know and will keep you informed of our progress.
Grant recipients are required to submit written evaluations of the project at 6 months and within 60 days of the conclusion of the grant period. For multi-year grants, more frequent reporting may be required. In addition, Foundation Trustees may conduct site visits, at our discretion, during the course of the grant period.
If you have questions about the grant review process, contact Jackie Mahoney, Director of Grantmaking of The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region. Please do not contact the Trustees of the Bender Family Foundation directly.
Jackie Mahoney can be reached by:
Phone: (518) 446-9638
Fax: (518) 446-9708
Mail: THE BENDER FAMILY FOUNDATION
c/o The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region
6 Tower Place
Albany, NY 12203
SUBMITTING A GRANT APPLICATION
Complete the required Pre-Application Questionnaire and submit it via email. Please note: Your responses to this questionnaire will determine whether you are invited to submit a formal application. Please be thorough and pay particular attention to Question #3. Be clear about the project – and its benefits.
Staff and Trustees will acknowledge and review all questionnaires.
If your Pre-Application Questionnaire is accepted, the Trustees will notify you via email. We also will send a formal grant application and due date. Formal applications typically are due back to us in about 6 weeks.
Complete and submit the formal grant application, along with any supporting materials. Please adhere to the application requirements to avoid the inconvenience of having to re-apply at a later date.
Mail the completed application proposal, signed by the chief executive officer or board president, and attachments to:
The Bender Family Foundation
c/o The Community Foundation
for the Greater Capital Region
Six Tower Place
Albany, NY 12203