FAQs

Can an organization submit a proposal containing multiple requests?

Thunderbirds Charities prefers to accept only one idea per application.

Do naming opportunities give an organization a better chance for funding?

No.

Do religious organizations need their own Section 501(c)(3) determination letter?

Please refer first to the above question and answer. If a religious organization otherwise meets the criteria in the Q & A above, Thunderbirds Charities may under limited circumstances fund an organization that does not have its own Section 501(c)(3) determination letter. While Thunderbirds Charities prefers that organizations have their own Section 501(c)(3) determination letter from the IRS, it recognizes that many local religious organizations are part of a group exemption, and in those cases, proposals generally should be authorized by or submitted by the central governing body. If the central governing body is a national organization that has a local affiliation (as described in the Q & A above), then the local entity should apply through the organization that represents Maricopa County as a whole.

Does an organization need its own 501(c)(3)?

Yes. An organization must have its own 501(c)(3) letter from the IRS and have been in operation for a minimum of three years.

Does Thunderbirds Charities accept proposals from colleges and universities?

No.

Does Thunderbirds Charities fund endowments, fellowships or scholarships(for college purposes?

No.

Does Thunderbirds Charities fund foundations or organizations, which are themselves, grant-making entities distributing funds to another non-profit agency?

No.

Does Thunderbirds Charities make multi-year grants?

No.

Does Thunderbirds fund medical research?

No.

If two organizations are collaborating on a project, should each organization submit a separate proposal?

No. Only one organization should submit the proposal, but a letter of collaboration from the other organization should be included.

May I submit a hard copy proposal to Thunderbirds Charities?

No. Thunderbirds Charities only accepts proposals submitted electronically through its website.

Once an organization has submitted an application, when will they be notified as to the outcome?

Once the funding deadline has occurred, it takes approximately 3 ½ months for notification to occur.

Our organization received a grant last year; may we apply for another one this year?

You may apply again to Thunderbirds Charities in the next fiscal year.

What geographic area does Thunderbirds Charities provide funding for?

Thunderbirds Charities only accepts requests from organizations serving Maricopa County, unless the project/program serves primarily Maricopa County residents.

What if I have a question while developing the grant application?

Please feel free to email grantsinfo@thunderbirdscharities.org your question or phone 602-870-0163 and ask for the charity department during any stage of the grant application process for questions or clarification of the grant request guidelines.

What is the grant size range?

There is no “set” range, our grant amounts vary, depending on revenues from the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

What is Thunderbirds Charities’ fiscal year?

Thunderbirds Charities’ fiscal year is June 1 through May 31.

Who makes the final decisions on grant requests?

Thunderbirds Charities Board of Directors. The Board is made up of 15 members, 10 are Thunderbirds the remaining 5 are community at large members.

Will Thunderbirds Charities accept capital support requests from eligible organizations?

Thunderbirds Charities will consider requests for capital support.

Will Thunderbirds Charities accept programming requests for eligible organizations?

Thunderbirds Charities will consider requests for programming.

Will Thunderbirds Charities accept proposals from individual branches or clubs of larger entities, such as Boy Scouts of America, YMCA, or Boys & Girls Club?

No. Thunderbirds Charities will accept only one proposal per year from the parent organization. For these purposes, the “parent organization” generally refers to that entity to which the IRS has issued a Section 501(c)(3) determination letter.

Will Thunderbirds Charities accept proposals from individual schools or their support organizations?

No.

Will Thunderbirds Charities accept proposals from local chapters of national organizations?

Yes, if the funds requested are used within Maricopa County and the entity has an independent governing body that is responsible for funding and governance in Maricopa County.

Will Thunderbirds Charities accept proposals from religious organizations?

Thunderbirds Charities does not support sectarian religious activities or sectarian religious facilities. However, churches and other religious organizations may submit proposals if their activities benefit the larger community and decisions to accept clients are not made on the basis of religious belief and/or affiliation.

Will Thunderbirds Charities fund partial amounts of the full amount requested?

Yes. Because of limited funds, Thunderbirds Charities will consider offering a grant in an amount less than requested.

Will Thunderbirds Charities fund recently formed 501(c)3 new organizations?

A nonprofit organization’s 501 (c) (3) status must have been in operation for a minimum of three years in Arizona.

Will Thunderbirds Charities provide operating support for eligible organizations?

Thunderbirds Charities does not provide general operating support.

With only two cycles per year, how often can an organization submit a proposal?

Organizations still may submit a proposal only once a year.

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