Dart Foundation COVID-19 Response

Revised effective October 1, 2020 (Originally implemented on March 27, 2020)

On behalf of our Board, we wish to thank our current grantees and the many other charitable organizations for all that they are doing to serve populations in need during these difficult times. More now than ever, we are grateful for your great work. We also remain committed to helping through a special Board-directed COVID-19 response effort.

We strongly encourage you to read the content on this pageas it explains changes to our regular policies and procedures. Please understand that our own resources are limited, and we will simply not be able to respond to questions that are already explained on this page.

Suspension of Traditional, Competitive Grantmaking

Like many of our peers around the nation, our Board suspended the Foundation’s regular programming in March of 2020 to strategically focus our resources on COVID-19 relief. Our Board decided to continue with its modified COVID-19 programming for our next Fiscal Year of 2021 (11/1/2020 – 10/31/2021).

From a practical standpoint, this means that we will not be accepting grant applications through our traditional, competitive process for the foreseeable future. The Board will re-evaluate the circumstances in the Fall of 2021 and provide further guidance on our grantmaking going forward at that time.

COVID-19: What We Will Be Funding and Where

In keeping with our mission to help improve the quality of life in the specific regions we serve, our Board has decided to exclusively focus our COVID-19 response efforts in our existing local giving communities, as listed below:

  • CA: Chino, Corona and Lodi
  • FL: Deerfield Beach and Plant City
  • GA: Conyers, Lithonia, Social Circle and Thomaston
  • ID: Twin Falls
  • IL: Lincolnshire, North Aurora, University Park, Urbana, and parts of Chicago
  • KY: Horse Cave and Owensboro
  • MD: Federalsburg
  • MI: Mid-Michigan
  • MS: Quitman
  • NC: Randleman
  • OK: Ada
  • PA: Leola and Lancaster
  • TX: Dallas, Grand Prairie and Waxahachie
  • WA: Lacey and Tumwater

Given the suspension of our traditional 2021 grantmaking program, the Foundation will not be accepting applications from any grantees. This includes those requesting support for COVID-19. The Board is working proactively and directly with specifically identified philanthropic partners to provide critical response COVID-19 support in our Giving Communities.

COVID-19: What We Will NOT Be Funding

Unfortunately, like most funders, the Foundation’s resources are limited. Our Board’s decision to focus our COVID-19 response on certain local, pre-determined efforts means that we are unable to help in other communities around the world. Therefore, requests for COVID-19 support for other geographic locations or from national organizations for generic support for the pandemic are not eligible for consideration.

For those we are unable to serve, we wish you all the best as you continue your great work and your efforts to find support through other sources.

Technical Support and Questions We hope that this page provides a detailed explanation for Dart Foundation operations during these unusual times, as well as our COVID-19 response efforts. However, if you have a specific question that is not already covered here, you can submit it to our staff at dartfoundation@dart.biz.