Application Process

Preliminary On-line Grant Application, Stage 1



Please take the time to become familiar with our current areas of interest prior to applying for a grant.  The Waitt Foundation has a specific focus on Ocean Conservation.  After reviewing the Waitt Foundation Grant Guidelines and Grantee Requirements, your next step in the application process is to complete an online Preliminary Grant Request. A staff member will review your submission and respond within six to eight weeks.  All applications must be submitted via our website for consideration.  A list of requested information (including word count limits) is noted below.

Required Documents: You must attach the following items to be considered for a Waitt Foundation grant.  Applications without this information will not be considered.

– Budget specifically related to project.  A sample format is provided below.
– Project Timeline

– U.S. Applicants – Proof of non-profit 501(c)(3) tax status as determined by the IRS.
– International Applicants – Proof of public charitable status equivalent under U.S. tax laws

Additional Documents: Please feel free to attach additional supporting documentation related specifically to your project proposal.

Please Note: Preliminary Grant Requests are accepted year-round and must be submitted via our website.

Full On-line Grant Proposal, Stage 2

Should it be determined that your project may align with the foundation’s initiatives, interests and current giving guidelines, you will be invited to submit a full grant proposal for further evaluation and consideration. Additionally, we may request an informal meeting for further evaluation.

ROC Grant applicants are not required to submit a 2 stage proposal.

Application Deadline

We accept applications on a rolling basis, but typically approve and fund projects at years-end.

ROC Grant applications are accepted on a rolling basis and are reviewed monthly.

Please note that the foundation staff may request additional documentation and information, phone conversations, or in-person meetings during the application process of submitting a Full Proposal. 

Online Application Already in Progress

If you have already started an application and have saved it for completion at a later date, you can access your account by Clicking Here.

Applications: We require all grant applications to be submitted via our website.  The Waitt Foundation does not accept proposals by e-mail, mail or fax. To submit a Preliminary Application online, click here.

Stage 1 Application Requested Information

Organizational Overview:
– Organization Name
– Legal Name of Organization (as listed with the IRS)
– Is your organization known by a different name?
– Tax ID Number (U.S. Applicants Only)
– Tax Status (example: 501(c)3, 509(a)1, Public Charity, Private Foundation)
– Organization’s Physical Street Address
– Website Address
– Organization Background / Description (250 word limit)

Primary Contact Information:
– First and Last Name
– Title
– Phone Number
– E-mail Address

Project Overview:
– Project Name / Title
– Project Category (ROC Grant or Ocean Conservation)
– Geographic Scope of Project (example: United States, Europe, Africa, etc…)
– Body of Water (example: Caribbean, Aegean Sea, Gulf of Mexico, etc…)
– Length of Project (in whole months)
– Project Start Date / Project End Date
– Amount Requested from the Waitt Foundation (in U.S. Dollars Only)
– Total Project Budget (in U.S. Dollars Only)
– Project Executive Summary (100 word limit)
– Project Background (250 word limit)
– Project Description (include expected project results, how you will measure results, your experience in running similar projects, and ocean conservation benefit – 500 word limit)

Other Funding:
– Dollar amount and name of other organization(s) that have COMMITTED to funding this project (in U.S. Dollars Only)

Fiscal Sponsor (if applicable):
– Organization Name
– Address, City, State, Zip Code, Country
– Tax ID Number
– Name, Title, Phone Number and E-mail Address of Fiscal Sponsor Contact

Budget Format Example


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