Frequently Asked Questions
Trustee Meeting Dates
Trustees currently have four regular meetings per year; January, April, July and October.
First, applicants must first determine eligibility by taking a short eligibility quiz. Second, if eligible, submit your letter of interest (LOI), providing additional information about your organization and the specific projects or program you wish to fund. Third, we will review your submission and conduct due diligence on the organization. This process can take up to 60 days depending upon volume. If your submission is not a match, you will be informed via email. Otherwise, you will be invited to formally apply for a grant. Fourth, if invited, you will receive a link to our grants portal to complete an application, you will have 90 days to submit your application. The deadline for an application to be considered at a board meeting is the 1st of the month prior to the meeting.
Program Areas Funded
The Following organization program areas are eligible for consideration:
- Arts & Culture
- Performing Arts
- Visual Arts
- Civic & Community
- Parks, Trails and Community beautification efforts
- Civic enhancement
- Adult and Youth leadership
- K-12 (Public, Private and Charter)
- Early Childhood Education
- Special Education
- Colleges and Universities
- Direct service
- Health access
- Medical Research (by invitation only)
- Nature & Wildlife
- Land and Wildlife Conservation & Protection
- Social Services
- Mental Health
- Feeding programs and Food Access
- Basic Needs provision
Type of Funding Provided
The Chapman Trusts currently provide funding for general operations, projects and programs, capital needs (brick and mortar, equipment purchases, etc.), and organization capacity building.
Event sponsorships, endowment support, debt service, and requests to individuals are not eligible for funding.
How much do I ask for?
This answer depends on a variety of factors. Trustees take into consideration the size of your organization, the total budget for your project, and other potential sources of funding available for the project.
Our grants range from $1,000 to $10,000,000, so please do your homework! Review our 990 to determine what other similar organizations have requested for similar projects.
Meetings and Site Visits
Trustees or staff may determine a meeting or site visit is necessary after a proposal has been submitted. Not all requests will receive a site visit. If you believe your organization would benefit from a site visit, you may request one after your proposal has been submitted.
Only one request is permitted per year. If an LOI is declined, applicants must wait at least twelve months after the date of the notification before reapplying. Similarly, if an organization is awarded a grant, applicants must wait at least twelve months from the date of the last payment before submitting another LOI.
When appropriate, our preferred method of correspondence is via email. However, if you need to mail a document or item, our Colorado Springs office handles all grant-related correspondence. Thank-you notes, general correspondence to Trustees and other non grant-related correspondence can be mailed to our Tulsa office.