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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS



  1. What is the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation?
  2. How can the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation
    benefit your organization?
  3. What kinds of organizations are eligible for grants?
  4. Are there geographical considerations?
  5. Must an organization be tax exempt?
  6. What kinds of programs are targeted by the grants?
  7. Are there dollar limitations per grant?
  8. Can funding be applied to routine operating expenses
    or to pay off deficits or pre-existing debts?
  9. Can an individual apply for a grant?
  10. Does the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation offer loans?
  11. Must your organization provide post-grant assessments
    to the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation?
  12. Can requests be filed at any time?
  13. If denied a grant request, can you reapply?
  1. What is the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation?

    • The Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation is a private, grant-making organization serving all of Central Florida and the not-for-profit community. Established in 1973, the Foundation's guiding principles and policies are dedicated to our founder, Mrs. Edyth Bush. The Foundation's resources provide funding for important programs designed to help the needy individuals, families and organizations of our community.
  2. How can the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation benefit your organization?

    • The Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation is a private, grant-making organization serving all of Central Florida and the not-for-profit community. Established in 1973, the Foundation's guiding principles and policies are dedicated to our founder, Mrs. Edyth Bush. The Foundation's resources provide funding for important programs ation's Grant Policy Limitations.
  3. What kinds of organizations are eligible for grants?

    • For years, the Foundation has helped hundreds of people do good things in our community. It has always been the Foundation's goal to provide for these needs with enthusiasm and resources. With a diverse and generous qualification program, we encourage you to contact us directly to see if your program should be considered prior to the submission of an application. Historically, the Foundation has specialized in funding programs for education, human services, health and cultural pursuits.
  4. Are there geographical considerations?

    • Yes. Your organization must be headquartered within Orange, Seminole, Osceola or Lake Counties, Florida.
  5. Must an organization be tax exempt?

    • It is important that you have taken the steps necessary in order to have received 501(a)(1) and 509(a)(2) status by the Internal Revenue Service. You must submit your exemption letter to the Foundation to be considered for funding.
  6. What kinds of programs are targeted by the grants?

    • We provide funding for an array of programs each year. While programs oriented toward education, human services, health and cultural pursuits have typically been the focus of the foundation, many times we will consider other innovative programs and concepts that improve the quality of life of our community. Please keep in mind, your program or service must meet the standard criteria as listed in question 5 and have minimum memberships or contributions of $25,000.00 per year.
  7. Are there dollar limitations per grant?

    • We will work with you closely to discover your true funding needs. Traditionally, there have been no limits to the amount of a grant. The largest single grant issued by the Foundation was $1.25 million (over the course of 5 years). Typically the average grant ranges from $20,000 to $50,000 with more substantial amounts being generated on a challenge match basis.
  8. Can funding be applied to routine operating expenses or to pay off deficits or pre-existing debts?

    • The Foundation does not typically provide funding for operating expenses. Since our inception, the Foundation has focused its attention on "building the community." We've determined our resources are best used for developmental purposes such as construction, renovation and new program funding.
  9. Can an individual apply for a grant?

    • We do not consider applications from individuals for scholarships or for individual research grants. This is a Foundation policy that has been created to better distribute resources over a broad range of programs and services.
  10. Does the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation offer loans?

    • A full array of funding options are available through the Foundation. Our loan program applies to organizations looking for financial support to expand and empower their operations in the community. These loans are available at low interest rates with flexible repayment schedules and flexible terms. As with any loan program, your organization's payment history and financial stability is considered.
  11. Must your organization provide post-grant assessments to the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation?

    • As we've mentioned, we search for excellence in all we do and those we work with. Our high standards are also encouraged in our grantees. We expect a bi-annual report to be submitted outlining how the funding is being used each year. Once funds have been used, a final report containing the list of disbursements of the grant balanced with the grant budget must be reported to the Foundation. We also ask that an evaluation of the results of the grant be submitted. This allows us to assess our impact on the community.
  12. Can requests be filed at any time?

    • Our doors are always open for new requests throughout the year. As a caring and compassionate private foundation, we feel the business of philanthropy and good deeds for the community are needed every day, in every way.
  13. If denied a grant request, can you reapply?

    • If your request has been denied, reapplication for the same grant cannot be accepted during that same fiscal year (ending August 31st). However, if you have developed a new program or service that you think has merit, we encourage you to give us a call.