• Our Grant Making Policies

    To be considered for funding, an organization must meet several requirements:

    • Applicants must be nonprofit organizations as defined in Section 501(c)(3) and Section 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code.
    • Applicants must carry on their work principally in metropolitan Baltimore.
    • Applicants may not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, physical handicap, or gender.

    The Foundation does not provide funds for:

    • Endowments
    • Individuals
    • Building campaigns
    • Deficit financing
    • Annual giving
    • Publications
    • Arts and culture
    • Religious programs or purposes
    • Political action groups
    • Specific disabilities or diseases
    • Projects normally financed by government

    Because the Foundation is not normally a long-term source of funds, applicants are encouraged to demonstrate how proposed activities will be sustained. Applicants are expected to demonstrate adequate administrative capacity and financial stability and to describe evaluation criteria and methods in their requests.

  • How To Apply

    To apply for funding, please submit a brief letter describing your program. It should include:

    • Evidence of 501(c)(3) and 509(a) tax-exempt status
    • Background information about the applicant
    • Objectives of the proposed project
    • Methods for accomplishing objectives
    • Projected program budget and amount sought from the Goldseker Foundation

    Foundation staff will review the materials and will notify you promptly about whether a fully developed proposal is in order. Once we have all of the information our staff and board need to evaluate your proposal, your request will be considered at one of the four quarterly meetings of our board of directors. Applicants are notified in writing of the outcome of their requests immediately after each board meeting.


    We welcome telephone inquiries about funding throughout the year.


    Management Assistance Grants


    Management Assistance Grants provide funds for nonprofit organizations to engage the consulting expertise needed to facilitate initiatives such as strategic planning, program evaluation, merger exploration, and fund development and sustainability. Before submitting an application, please call the Foundation’s program officer to briefly describe your initiative and discuss its general eligibility for grant consideration. Management Assistance Grant applications that arrive without prior approval to submit will not be considered.


    Applications are accepted throughout the year. Please consult this document: MAG.guidelines.docx for further instructions.

  • Reporting

    The Foundation typically requires narrative and financial reports at the midpoint and the end of the grant period. Grantees should consult their grant agreements for specific reporting requirements. We generally use the following reporting guidelines:

    If reports are submitted electronically, please combine all files into a single PDF.