The Edward M. Dowd Foundation Grant Guidelines

The Edward M. Dowd Foundation has outlined the following grant guidelines to clarify how we plan to allocate funds.


Who We Fund

The Edward M. Dowd Foundation considers funding capital projects for nonprofit organizations that are exempt under IRS Section 501(c)(3), are not classified as a private foundation as defined in Section 509(a) and are located in or serve the Santa Clara and Salinas, California, communities.

What We Fund

The Edward M. Dowd Foundation honors his legacy by continuing the honorable work he started to make a lasting impact on the community. The foundation funds capital projects and programs that support arts and education, health and human services, and honoring veterans.

How We Fund

Funding will be disbursed upon approval and upon progress of capital projects.


Review information about our grant guidelines before starting the application:
  • Grants are awarded on a matching or challenge basis.
  • Our grants usually fund no more than a third of the project cost.
  • Grantees must meet all conditions as stated in the award letter within 12 months of approval. Failing to meet requirements may result in grant withdrawal.
  • Construction grants will likely require construction to commence before receiving funding.
  • As a condition of funding, the Edward M. Dowd Foundation expects that 100% of the grantee's organizational board contribute to the organization.

Before Starting Your Grant Application

You will need the following items to complete the grant application. We recommend that you gather them before starting your application.
  • Project Budget
  • Current Operating Budget
  • Cover Letter
  • List of Board Members & Officers
  • IRS Determination Letter
  • Recent Financial Audit & IRS 990