The process for applying for grants is explained below.
The Foundation seeks to award grants for systemic type cases that will have an impact on a specific area of the law or a legal issue through the establishment of a legal precedent. The Foundation does not support cases where the relief sought is for an individual except if it would involve an important legal precedent addressing a systemic issue. Also, the Foundation does not support criminal cases where an individual is charged with a crime. Finally, the Foundation will not award a grant where an organization is seeking general support for its mission. The grant application must be for a specific case.
Consideration of grants will be rated and based upon (1) Alignment with the Foundation's Mission, (2) Quality of the Proposed Project, (3) Capacity of the Organization to Carry Out the Proposed Project, (4) Urgency of the Proposed Project, and (5) Financial Health and Stability of the Applicant Organization.
Using the above-stated five criteria the Foundation has established a rating system to evaluate grant applications. The rating criteria were developed by the Foundation's Board in conjunction with an industrial psychologist. A detailed description of the rating criteria can be found here.
A review of successful past grant awards and the Foundation’s Mission Statement will provide insight as to the matters that interest the Foundation. The Foundation supports organizations and funds matters that are consistent with Barbara McDowell’s past legal efforts and beliefs regarding social justice.
Successful grant applicants can be considered for grants in subsequent years based upon the results of the grantee’s efforts in the prior year.
See below to apply for a McDowell Foundation grant.
Applications for a grant must be submitted by August 1st for grants to be awarded for the following fiscal year of the Foundation which is October 1st to September 30th.
Applicants to the Foundation can either (A) submit a letter (no more than two to three pages) requesting support, containing the following information, (B) use the online application, below, to apply, or (C) download and submit the application document, below: