Application Process

The Borchard Foundation has a two-step application process that includes both a letter of inquiry and a full grant proposal.

Eligibility Criteria

With rare exception, the Foundation solicits grant proposals from organizations; however, each year, the Foundation sets aside a pool of dollars to consider unsolicited grants from organizations located in Southern California. The Foundation funds grants only to Internal Revenue Code section 501 (c)(3) organizations that are not private foundations. Grants are not made to individuals and are not generally awarded for annual fund drives, building campaigns, or major equipment. Activities that exclusively benefit the members of sectarian or religious organizations are not considered.

Letter of Inquiry

A letter of inquiry must precede a formal grant proposal.  The purpose of the letter of inquiry is to determine if an organization and its proposal fit within the Foundation's eligibility guidelines before the organization expends resources to put together a full proposal.

  • Review the guidelines and check eligibility criteria above.
  • Submit online letter of inquiry. The letter of inquiry narrative should be limited to 250 words (not including current 501(c)(3) letter). This brief submission must include:
    • Information about your organization’s mission, activities, and annual budget
    • Region and population served
    • Total amount requested from Foundation and how funds to be used
    • Project needs, goals, leadership and duration.
  • Clearly indicate the Borchard Foundation funding priority for which you want your request considered (for example, Health and Medicine).  This will help us accurately process your inquiry.
  • Submit current 501(c)(3) letter.
  • Submit online letter of inquiry prior to one of two deadline dates for consideration:  February 1 or August 1.

Foundation staff will review letters of inquiry and notify prospective applicants of the results. Those encouraged to submit proposals will receive further guidance at that time. Invited grant proposals will be due April 1 and October 1.

Submit Your Letter of Inquiry

Grant Proposal

The Foundation only reviews grant proposals from applicants whose letter of inquiry has been approved.  If your initial inquiry is selected to go forward, you will be asked to complete the process using the online grant application format.  Please note that only grant proposals that are submitted electronically will be considered.

Applicants must submit a completed online application including:

  • A description of the organization
  • A description of the project
  • A discussion of how the project meets the objectives of our grant program
  • Why the project is otherwise important
  • A detailed project budget
  • A copy of the organization's most recently completed audited financial statement (this should be no more than two years old)
  • A copy of the organization's unaudited financial statement for the current fiscal year
  • A copy of the organization's budget for the current fiscal year

To be considered for funding, the grant proposal must

  • be dated
  • show the name of your organization, your address and contact person
  • contain the amount of the grant request and specify it is requested from the “Albert and Elaine Borchard Foundation"

If your organization is asked to send a full proposal you will be provided with an Internet address for the second stage online grant application.  The online grant application should be completed and submitted by the stated deadline.  Proposals are evaluated based on their relationship to the Foundation's mission, geographic limitations, policies, and eligibility criteria; a proposal's reflection of thoughtful and careful planning; the organization's record of sound fiscal management; and the organization's likelihood to meet its objectives.

Other Borchard Grant Opportunities

The Borchard Foundation International Education Center

The mission of the Borchard Foundation International Education Center is to provide a unique bridge between France and the United States – a bridge created through scholarship and creativity of distinguished individuals involved in cultural, academic, and public affairs.

The Borchard Foundation International Education Center offers grants to academics in Southern California for international colloquia and scholar-in-residencies for a semester or quarter in France.

For more information or to apply for a grant, visit the Borchard Foundation Center on International Education website.

The Borchard Foundation Center on Law and Aging

The mission of the Borchard Foundation Center on Law & Aging is, through education, research and service, to help improve the quality of life for elderly people, including those who are poor or otherwise isolated by lack of education, language, culture, disability or other barriers.

The Borchard Foundation Center on Law and Aging gives grants for academic research and conferences to improve policies, laws, and programs for the elderly; for post-graduate legal fellowships; and, summer elder law internships.

For more information or to apply for a grant, visit the Borchard Foundation Center on Law and Aging website.