How to Apply
Trilogy Grants: Only organizations that have received at least two Single Year grant awards from the Foundation are eligible to apply for a Trilogy Grant. Only four Trilogy Grants will be awarded each year. An organization that is awarded a Trilogy Grant will be expected to provide yearly feedback and will be required to take one year off at the conclusion of the grant. Unsuccessful applicants for the Trilogy Grant will be automatically considered for a Single Year Grant. Because we limit the number of applications for Trilogy Grants each year, organizations interested in applying should contact the Foundation to discuss and request the Trilogy Grant Application.
Scholarship Fund Grants: The Foundation will consider a small number of applications each year from arts education non-profits that would like to start or expand Scholarship Funds for their organization. Grants for Scholarship Funds are single year grants of up to $2500. Organizations applying for these funds are expected to have a process in place for identifying children/families who would benefit from financial assistance to participate in the organization's programs. Like the Single Year Grants, recipients of these Scholarship Fund Grants may receive grants for up to three years before taking a "year-off" from applying. Potential Scholarship Fund applicants are encouraged to begin the process by sending a Letter of Inquiry as described below in the Single Year Grant section. Scholarship Fund Grants are NOT counted toward the two Single Year Grant requirement for applying for Trilogy Grants. THIS IS NOT A PROGRAM THAT AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS TO INDIVIDUALS FOR ANY PURPOSE.
Single Year Grants:
Letter of Inquiry:
Single Year Grant and Scholarship Fund Grant seekers new to the Foundation are strongly encouraged to begin the process by a letter of inquiry.
The letter (1-2 pages) should briefly describe the grant applicant and the project.
It should contain enough information for the Foundation to determine whether or
not the application falls within its program interest areas. Some key points
- Brief history and goals of your organization.
- Brief description of the project for which you are requesting support including
objectives and expected outcomes.
- The approximate schedule for the proposed project.
- The total amount of funding needed, the amount requested from the Foundation, and
information about other sources of support both assured and requested.
Letters of inquiry should receive a response within two - three weeks of our receiving
them in the Foundation Office (this time may be longer during the summer months). The Foundation will 1) decline those requests
that do not fit within our interest areas; 2) contact you for more information if
the fit is unclear; or 3) contact you to encourage you to complete the entire application
process. Please be aware that due to our limited resources, our encouragement
to send an application should not be taken as an indication of the final success
of your request. We are unfortunately not able to provide grants to
all of the worthy applications we receive.
Single Year Application
The Foundation application is based on, but is not identical to, the National Network
of Grantmakers Common Grant Application. For those organizations familiar
with this common application, please note change/additions/deletions to several
questions in the Narrative section.
The Foundation will also accept applications in the AGM Common Proposal Format. If you are using the AGM format please note that you must also answer question 5A or 5B from the Ramsey-McCluskey Foundation Application and answer all of the questions in the EVALUATION section (more questions than required of the AGM format.
Please send one copy of your main application and 1 copy of attachments (double-sided
pages are strongly encouraged) to:
The Ramsey McCluskey Family Foundation
P.O. Box 275
Lincoln, Massachusetts 01773
Download The Guidelines
Download The Single Year Application