The Promise Circle Grant Policy Guidelines - 2013

The Promise Circle seeks to fund patient support programs focused on pediatric cancer. The Promise Circle has established certain criteria to help decide where funds may be most effectively utilized.  The Promise Circle will utilize their annual gifts to award grants that support programs dedicated to improving the quality of life of pediatric cancer patients.  Funding will be provided to programs that help patients and family members cope with diagnosis, treatment and the emotional challenges they face.  Consideration is limited to 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organizations focusing on pediatric cancer through patient assistance programs. Programs must be based in the United States.
Each applicant will be evaluated by the program, the number of children that it serves, the procedures it uses, the services it offers, the quality of its management, and it’s financing and fund-raising practices.

Grant Limitations:
The Promise Circle does NOT consider the following for funding:
• Organizations without 501 (c)(3), tax-exempt  status
• Organizations or projects outside the United States
• Organizations that discriminate by race, religion, color, creed, sex, age or national origin
• Individuals
• Camps
• General operating support
• Events
• Advertising for benefit purposes
• Religious or sectarian organizations
• Endowment funds, annual fund drives

Funding is awarded for a specific program created by the organization. Grant money is awarded in December with grant funds being utilized for 2013 programs. The level of funding needed for a proposed project or program should determine the amount of the grant request. As a general rule, grants are not awarded for operating costs nor are they awarded for start-up organizations. Only one request per year will be accepted from a non-profit organization. Multiple-year grants are not awarded.

Application Requirements:
Please carefully read the following general requirements in their entirety before submitting a grant proposal.  If your organization does not meet all of these requirements it will not be considered for funding from The Promise Circle.
• Organizations focusing on pediatric cancer through patient assistance programs. Funding is provided to programs that help patients and family members cope with diagnosis, treatment and the emotional challenges they face, financial assistance programs to serve the underinsured and survivorship programs that address the needs of children in remission. Programs must be based in the United States.
• Organizations must be tax exempt under Section 501 (c) (3), not a 509 (a) private foundation.
• Organizations must have been in existence for at least one (1) year.
• Grants are for one (1) year and are not automatically renewable for multiple years.
• Organizations are limited to one (1) grant application per calendar year.