What kinds of grants do you provide?

We provide grants for physical assets that are used to promote Christian evangelism and discipleship outside of the United States.

Why do you limit your grant funds to foreign missions?

We believe God has richly blessed the United States with a strong Church presence, a variety of Christian schools and Universities with many who freely contribute to their ongoing support. This is not the case in many parts of the world so our focus is on those nations and missions outside of the U.S. who do not enjoy such strong financial resources and opportunities.

How do you determine if a project meets your sustainability criteria?

A project that is targeted for sustainability will include elements of income generation or skills development that is used to support the ongoing needs of the local organization.  Another way to describe sustainability in this context is that the organization has goals and plans for its ministry to generate income at the local level that has the potential to lessen the need for ongoing dependence on donations and gifts.  We recognize that many missions require ongoing financial support but Foundation grants will be offered only to those who show a reasonable plan or program for sustainability.

How does it work?  How do I get started?

The first step is to submit a Letter of Introduction (LOI) which provides us with information about your organization and a summary of your project. With this LOI, we also ask that you upload a copy of the organization’s IRS 501(c)(3) designation.  If it appears that your project meets with our funding criteria and goals, you will be invited to submit a more detailed proposal for funding in our next grant cycle.

What is the typical progression for grant seekers?

The Foundation’s Grant Committee reviews all LOIs, and invitations for proposals are extended regularly.  Once a proposal is received, Board members may contact the respective grantee representatives or undertake a site visit, if feasible. Following this initial review, proposals are presented to the entire Board of Trustees for final consideration and the requestor is notified. Depending on the scope of the project, this could take up to 3-6 months. 

What if my organization is not registered as a nonprofit, a 501(c)(3) by the IRS?

We are unable to fund individuals or organizations that do not meet this requirement. The Birtcher Family Foundation is only able to award grants to non-profit organizations that are registered and classified by the Internal Revenue Service as 501(c)(3).

What if my organization has previously received a grant from BFF?

We encourage our partners’ growth and expansion.  Our Trustees will consider a proposal with the following guidelines:

  • Only one grant proposal from an organization will be considered in a twelve month period.
  • If you have previously received a grant from The Birtcher Family Foundation, progress reporting requirements must be current before submitting another request. 

Are there submission deadlines? 

Grant proposals may be submitted anytime.  The Birtcher Family Foundation trustees meet four times each year to consider grant awards.

What if my organization does not have a doctrinal or mission statement?

The Birtcher Family Foundation’s vision is “to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ and to promote Christian values in foreign lands.” Its mission is the promotion of Christian evangelism, values and discipleship. When Mr. and Mrs. Birtcher established the Family Foundation, they clearly defined those types of projects and organizations with whom we would partner; in order to assure that we are holding true to their stated desires, our trustees require that an organization have a mission or doctrinal statement, and that it is consistent with ours.

What if my organization is sponsored by or has a formal working relationship with a denomination?

In order to maintain our mandate of spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ, our trustees have determined that we should not align The Birtcher Family Foundation with any specific denomination. We advise those organizations that are sponsored by or have formal relationships with denominations to first seek funding through those channels that are available to them as a result of their ties to that denomination.

What if my organization is also engaged in political activities, health initiatives and socio-economic change?

As you can imagine, we receive many more requests for assistance than we are able to assist with our own limited resources. In order to prioritize our consideration, The Birtcher Family Foundation relies on a set of guidelines to help us select those projects to which we can lend financial support. We do not provide grants for these types of activities and recommend that you direct your fund-seeking efforts towards those foundations that offer that type of support.

Do you provide support for colleges or universities?

Colleges and universities generally fall outside our guidelines. In recent years our funding to education has gone almost exclusively to construction at K-12 and Christian vocational schools. We recommend that you direct your fund-seeking efforts towards those foundations where higher education is a priority.

What will be required of my organization if we receive your funds?

An organization receiving a grant is expected to sign an agreement which includes requirements for reporting on both the progress of and completion of its project. Progress reports assist The Birtcher Family Foundation in maintaining the required fiscal and programmatic oversight of grants. Reports are also intended to provide the grantee an opportunity to reflect on program activities and outcomes. As a condition of receiving an award from The Birtcher Family Foundation, we require progress report(s) to be submitted at specified intervals and a completion report at the project’s end.

How can I contact you?

Email us directly at info@birtcherfamilyfoundation.org

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