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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.