Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do you accept unsolicited proposals?

A: Yes. Please complete our eligibility quiz first to determine if your organization meets our criteria to be considered for a grant.

Q: Is there a timeline for submitting proposals?

A: No. We accept proposals on a rolling basis.

Q: How does my organization apply for a grant?

A: Grants requests may be submitted one of three ways;

  • Via our website: Submit a Request
  • Mailed to: The George W. Mergens Foundation, P.O. Box 633, Milton VT 05468
  • Emailed to info@mergensfoundation.org

Q: What is the typical grant amount awarded?

A: Grants awarded typically range from $1,000 -$25,000.

Q: What types of grants are awarded?

A: We award grants for general operating expenses, project expenses, and capital projects. 

Q: How soon after submitting a proposal can we expect a decision regarding our request?

A: Our board meets monthly to review requests. Generally, a request will be issued an award/denial within 6-8 weeks of submission depending on the nature and scope of the project. If your request is time sensitive, please let us know in your proposal.

Q: What information should be included in a grant proposal?

A: Initially we only require some very basic information regarding your organization's mission, a project description, and budget. We tailor our application requirements depending on the amount and scope of the request. If additional information is required that we cannot obtain ourselves via your website/public records, we will contact you to request it via email.

Q: Do you conduct site visits?

A: Depending on the size and nature of the request, we may ask to conduct a site visit, especially if this is your organization's first time applying for a grant from the foundation. If this is the case, we will contact your organization to set up a convenient time. 

Q: Do you issue more than one grant to an organization per year?

A: Typically, we will only accept one grant request from an organization in a calendar year.

Q: Can our organization apply for a grant in consecutive years?

A: Yes, your organization is welcome to apply for a grant every fiscal year, however we do not make multi-year commitments.

Q: How can our organization contact the foundation with any other questions we may have?

A: Please feel free to call our offices from 9:00AM to 5:00PM Monday thru Thursday to speak with one of our staff members. Questions may also be submitted via email to info@mergensfoundation.org.