Apply for a Grant

Below is all of the information anyone would need to understand how to apply for a grant from Thunderbirds Charities. Please make sure you read all of the grant guidelines as well as explore the frequently asked questions before you start your grant application process to make sure your application meets all of the requirements for consideration. Your time and resources are valuable and we want to make sure your application is eligible for funding.
Apply for a Grant

2024 Thunderbirds Charities Spring Funding Cycle is now open and will close March 1st promptly at 5:00 pm MST

Before you get started, please review Grant Requirements below and Frequently Asked Questions. Thunderbirds Charities only accepts grant proposals submitted through its website. To submit a proposal, you will need an email address and your organization’s IRS Tax ID number. You also must be able to attach all required materials. This means that you must have the documents stored electronically and accessible to upload. If you are new to our application process, we strongly encourage you to read the entire page of requirements before opening your initial online grant application form.

GRANT REQUIREMENTS: The items below are required for all requests.

Narratives required in the proposal include (but not limited to):

Please include:

  • Brief description of current projects/programs and your contributions to our community.
  • The demographic of target population, the number of individuals served, and geographic area served

Maximum Word Count: 225

Please provide three sentences or less, that is a summary of specific request.

Maximum Word Count: 150

Please describe the project for which you seek funding;

  • Briefly describe the specific problem or need in our community this request will address;
  • Population and geographic area you plan to serve and how they will benefit from the project, include the number of individuals this project will serve;
  • Summarize the activities or strategies that you will employ to implement the project;
  • Anticipated timetable of the project;
  • How will you measure or evaluate the effectiveness of this project;
  • What is your plan to sustain this project going forward?

NOTE: Thunderbirds Charities is interested in the key populations this grant serves. The online grant application will prompt you to provide the percentages served by ethnicity, gender, and age group.

Maximum Word Count: 500

Supplemental Materials required in the proposal include (but not limited to):

The organization’s IRS 501(c)(3) tax-exempt determination letter.

NOTE: Using a “second party” 501(c)(3) status is not permitted.

The organization’s IRS Form 990/990-EZ for the most recently completed fiscal year*.

Note: IRS Form 990/990-EZ returns older than 15 months from the date of application will be rejected.

See the charts below regarding dates of 990/990-EZ submission, as it relates to 15 months:

2023 Fall Funding Grant Cycle
Based on application due date of September 1, 2023

CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION’S
FISCAL YEAR END
MOST RECENTLY COMPLETED
FISCAL YEAR
March 31stMarch 2023
June 30thJune 2022
September 30thSeptember 2022
December 31stDecember 2022

2024 Spring Funding Grant Cycle
Based on application due date of March 1, 2024

CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION’S
FISCAL YEAR END
MOST RECENTLY COMPLETED
FISCAL YEAR
March 31stMarch 2023
June 30thJune 2023
September 30thSeptember 2023
December 31stDecember 2022

*A fiscal year covers a 12-month period over which a business does its accounting, for tax filing, and for other accounting purposes.

Financial Statements for the TWO most recently completed fiscal years.

The financials may be audited, reviewed, compiled, or internally generated financial statements for the most recently completed fiscal year and the fiscal year immediately prior.

Note: Financial statements covering periods older than 15 months and 27 months, respectively, from the application date will be rejected.

Each financial statement must include:

  • balance sheet (or equivalent),
  • income statement (or equivalent),
  • cash flow statement,
  • appropriate footnotes, and
  • accountant’s reports, if applicable.

2023 Fall Funding Grant Cycle
Based on application due date of September 1, 2023

CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION’S
FISCAL YEAR END
MOST RECENTLY COMPLETED
FISCAL YEAR
FISCAL YEAR IMMEDIATELY PRIOR
March 31stMarch 31, 2023March 31, 2022
June 30thJune 30, 2022June 30, 2021
September 30thSeptember 30, 2022September 30, 2021
December 31stDecember 31, 2022December 31, 2021

2024 Spring Funding Grant Cycle
Based on application due date of March 1, 2024

CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION’S
FISCAL YEAR END
MOST RECENTLY COMPLETED
FISCAL YEAR
FISCAL YEAR IMMEDIATELY PRIOR
March 31stMarch 31, 2023March 31, 2022
June 30thJune 30, 2023June 30, 2022
September 30thSeptember 30, 2023September 30, 2022
December 31stDecember 31, 2022December 31, 2021

Annual operating budget for the current fiscal year with non-detailed, line items rolled up.

For an example organizational budget format, please CLICK HERE.

Program / project budget for which you are requesting funding.

For an example project budget format, please CLICK HERE.

A list of any funds raised to date and from whom, for the program/project for which you are requesting funding ($5,000 and above). Please be sure to include the dollar amount per donor. 

Please try to keep to one page.

A complete list of corporations and foundations that have given to the organization in the previous fiscal year and how much each has given ($5,000 and above). Please be sure to include the dollar amount per donor. 

Please try to keep to one page.

A list of the Board of Directors of the organization.

Please include the primary business or professional affiliation of each.

Please try to keep to one page.

THUNDERBIRDS CHARITIES FUNDING CYCLE DATES

Thunderbirds Charities accepts proposals on or before the due date,
and appreciates those organizations that submit prior to the deadline.

SPRING FUNDING CYCLE

APPLICATION PROCESS OPENS:
February 1

APPLICATION SUBMISSION DEADLINE:
March 1

APPLICANT NOTIFIED OF FUNDING DECISIONS:
Early June

FALL FUNDING CYCLE

APPLICATION PROCESS OPENS:
August 1

APPLICATION SUBMISSION DEADLINE:
September 1

APPLICANT NOTIFIED OF FUNDING DECISIONS:
Early December

All materials must be received via the Thunderbirds Charities online portal no later than 5:00 p.m. MST on the day of the deadline.


Please note, Thunderbirds Charities fiscal year is June 1 thru May 31 and a charity may apply once within our fiscal year.

2024 Thunderbirds Charities 2024 Spring Funding Cycle is now open and will close March 1st promptly at 5:00 pm MST.