blue moon fund is an invitation-only foundation. We do not seek, nor fund, unsolicited grant applications. We do not accept unsolicited grant requests, letters of inquiry, or proposals by mail, e-mail, or telephone.
Our approach to grantmaking focuses on making commitments that align with our strategies and partnerships. Though we know that many excellent organizations and programs are active in our regions of work, we only consider a small number of grant requests each year.
Your must verify that your project meets our general requirements before proceeding.
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You must first verify your general eligibility by taking the quiz above. If you are eligible, you will receive a link that will allow you to submit a letter of inquiry (LOI).
At this time, blue moon is temporarily suspending our letter of inquiry (LOI) process while we redefine our initiatives.
The opportunity to apply for funding is by invitation only. A member of our program staff will contact you if we are interested in receiving a full grant application from your organization.
If you are invited to apply, you will receive a link and password to begin the application process. The final page of the application form contains a list of required documents, some of which must be compiled using blue moon’s templates.
blue moon grants to a range of organizations, including 501(c)(3) nonprofits, foreign NGOs, and public and private universities. We generally do not make grants to individuals, and we are prohibited by law from funding lobbying or political campaign activities. Please read our "What we do" page for more information on our programmatic goals and geographic areas of focus.
blue moon fund is temporarily suspending our letter of inquiry (LOI) process while we redefine our initiatives. When we reactivate the LOI process you will find a link on this page.
Please do not submit inquiries via mail, email, or telephone. We accept LOIs and applications solely through our website, and we will disregard all other inquiries and requests for funding.
You will need to enter two different passwords: the unique password you established when you created your application account and the system password you received in your application instructions. If you have entered both passwords and are still unable to begin the application, try clearing the cookies from your browser. If you have further problems, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 434-295-5160 x.217.
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No, probably not. Saved applications are accessible through a different URL than new applications. Please click here to return to your proposal.
Yes. Please email your document to email@example.com.
Possibly. Please get in touch with us before filling out the affidavit forms, as they are lengthy and time-consuming. We will review your organizational documents (bylaws, articles of incorporation, and equivalent materials) and let you know whether an affidavit will be necessary.
Affidavits are usually required for organizations that are structurally and legally equivalent to US-based 501(c)(3) nonprofits. If your organization is not set up in a manner equivalent to a 501(c)(3) entity, we will place expenditure responsibility (ER) restrictions on your grant and bypass the affidavit process.
In compliance with federal law, we exercise expenditure responsibility (ER) when we grant to organizations that are not tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of the United States (or whose 501(c)(3) equivalency we have been unable to establish). ER requires us to take responsibility for ensuring that our grant funds are used for charitable purposes. When we exercise ER, we complete a more rigorous due diligence review, impose additional reporting requirements, and make various other modifications to our normal grantmaking process.
ER restrictions generally do not make a grant significantly more work-intensive for a grantee. Nevertheless, it is particularly important for ER grantees to carefully follow all requirements. We are happy to work with you to clarify any part of the ER process.
Yes, and the templates may be found here.
A project budget submitted on blue moon's template is a required component of every application for project support. (Applications for general operating support are exempt from this requirement because these applications do not require project budgets.) The expense categories listed on the budget template are examples. Please modify these headings to reflect the needs of your project.
If your grant is approved, you will also be required to use blue moon's financial reporting template. Please make sure that the spending categories on your report match those on your approved project budget.
All budgets and reports must be in English and USD.
In general, there are two types of lobbying: direct and grassroots. Neither is an allowable component of a blue moon grant.
Direct lobbying consists of any attempt to influence legislation through communication with 1) a member or employee of a legislative body or 2) another government official or employee who may participate in the formulation of legislation for the principal purpose of influencing legislation. Prohibited communication refers to specific legislation and reflects a view on such legislation.
Grassroots lobbying consists of any attempt to influence legislation through an effort to affect the opinions of the general public or any segment of the general public. Prohibited communication refers to specific legislation, reflects a view on such legislation, and includes a “call to action”. A communication includes a “call to action” if it incorporates any one of the following elements:
- It urges the recipient to contact a legislator, staffer, or other government employee who participates in the formulation of legislation for the principal purpose of influencing legislation
- It states the address, telephone number, or similar information for a legislator or employee of a legislative body.
- It provides a petition or tear-off postcard for the principal purpose of influencing legislation.
- It states one or more legislators as being opposed or undecided about the legislation, or identifies them as the recipients’ representative or as members of a committee or subcommittee that will consider the legislation; however, this does not include naming the main sponsor(s) for purposes of identifying the legislation.
The participation in, or intervention in (including by publishing or distributing statements), any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office.
If you are in the process of applying for a grant and are uncertain about whether your project contains lobbying or political campaign activities, please contact your program officer.
Your application will be added to the docket for an upcoming grantmaking meeting (your program contact can give you a specific meeting date). If your grant is approved, we will send you a notification letter and a grant agreement to sign and return. Once we have received your signed grant agreement, we will process your grant payment during our next check cycle.
Sometimes. We strive to help grantees devise realistic budgets and workable timeframes before our funding is approved. However, although we prefer not to amend grant agreements, we recognize that unavoidable complications can arise. If the circumstances of your project have changed, please immediately contact blue moon's grants officer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 434-295-5160 x.217.
We will work with you to address any obstacles, and, if necessary, we can adjust the conditions of your grant agreement. Only in rare circumstances will we amend a grant more than once.