FAQs
Before, during and after the grant process, you may have questions for The Stuller Family Foundation.  Many of the answers you seek will be found in the FAQ section below.  Of course, for any other questions, please contact our office.
  • Are there areas in which you do not make grants?
  • How much money should our organization request?
  • How will we know if you received our proposal?
  • I’m not sure if I’m filling out the grant application correctly, or if this is what The Stuller Family Foundation is looking for. Can you provide us with any “pre-grant application” assistance?
  • We applied for a grant and we were turned down. Can you tell us why?
  • We are not a 501(c)(3) organization. However, we do consider our organization a “charity”, and promise none of the funds raised will go to anything but our cause. Can we still apply for a grant?
  • We were granted funds to aid in our annual capital campaign. How soon can we ask for another capital campaign contribution?
  • We were turned down for funding. When can we reapply?
  • What can we do to increase the chances that our grant request will be approved?
  • What information should be included in our grant proposal?
  • Will you do a site visit? Should we invite your Board members for a visit?
  • Will you fund general operating expenses? Or does your board of directors prefer specific projects?
  • Will you provide a grant to our organization in (City, State)?
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    Q: Are there areas in which you do not make grants?
    A: Yes. When it comes to funding, the Stuller Family Foundation has three absolute “no’s”. We do not fund: a) Amateur Sports Teams; b) Political Organizations; and c) Private Individuals. Also, grants are generally not available to help an organization repay its debts.
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    Q: How much money should our organization request?
    A: That is difficult to answer since it depends mainly on the size of your program or project. Generally, the Foundation is not interested in funding an entire program or project.

    On the one hand, you don’t want to appear greedy; on the other, you don’t want to leave any money on the table. The mission here IS raising money for your organization; it’s a dynamic The Stuller Family Foundation understands very well. That being said, The Stuller Family Foundation is often more willing to engage in a funding partnership if the organization appears to be doing all it can to make the project happen WITHOUT our support. And there’s this fact: while The Stuller Family Foundation does have sizable assets, these assets are not limitless.

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    Q: How will we know if you received our proposal?
    A: We acknowledge receipt of every proposal by letter or email within two weeks.
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    Q: I’m not sure if I’m filling out the grant application correctly, or if this is what The Stuller Family Foundation is looking for. Can you provide us with any “pre-grant application” assistance?
    A: We’d be glad to. Part of The Stuller Family Foundation’s mission of strengthening Acadiana’s nonprofit organizations, is to help these organizations put their “best foot forward”…. make their grant applications as solid and potentially-appealing as possible. Although time doesn’t always allow, our executive director is willing to, upon request of the applicant, review a grant application before it’s officially submitted.
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    Q: We applied for a grant and we were turned down. Can you tell us why?
    A: We receive hundreds of grant applications each year from many worthwhile organizations in Acadiana. The competition for grant funds is intense and there are a number of factors that determine if a request is declined. Many times it is simply because we are unable to fund every request we receive. However, we do believe it is in the best interest of both The Stuller Family Foundation and your organization to share as much insight into the decision-making process as possible, and we are open to your questions.

    One other thought: Keep in touch. Just because The Stuller Family Foundation Board of Directors turned down your request, doesn’t mean the Board doesn’t care about you or your organization. Sometimes a specific project just doesn’t quite fit our goals and mission; it doesn’t necessarily mean that all of your grant proposals will be rejected.

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    Q: We are not a 501(c)(3) organization. However, we do consider our organization a “charity”, and promise none of the funds raised will go to anything but our cause. Can we still apply for a grant?
    A: Unfortunately, the answer is “no”. The Stuller Family Foundation’s own status with the Internal Revenue Service requires that we only support organizations that have obtained 501(c)(3) certification.
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    Q: We were granted funds to aid in our annual capital campaign. How soon can we ask for another capital campaign contribution?
    A: Following the approval of a “capital campaign” funding request, we ask that your organization waits at least two years before another request of that type is made.
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    Q: We were turned down for funding. When can we reapply?
    A: If your organization’s grant proposal is not approved for funding, you may reapply by the very next funding cycle. However, it is recommended that you review your application and make improvements and adjustments to the document. Simply re-submitting an application, with no updated data and no proof that the project/organization is progressing does not bode well for your request.
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    Q: What can we do to increase the chances that our grant request will be approved?
    A: First and foremost, adhere to our guidelines and to the information provide in this F.A.Q. section.

    Be specific about a) how you plan to reach your organization’s goals; b) how you plan to raise the funds needed to put your plan into action; and c) how your organization is indeed accomplishing its mission. Showing that your organization welcomes collaboration with other groups is a plus, as is your group’s willingness to propose a “matching grant” scenario.

    Important note: Adhering to the aforementioned suggestions in no way guarantees your application will be approved by The Stuller Family Foundation Board of Directors.

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    Q: What information should be included in our grant proposal?
    A: • a description of the organization – who you are and what you do; be specific
    • why your organization exists; what are the perceived needs and how is your organization addressing those needs
    • awareness of other community resources that may be serving these needs
    • outcomes—what impact is your organizations currently making and how are you measuring this impact
    • a specific dollar request
    • details on how the grant funds will be used, the expected outcomes and the mechanism for measuring those outcomes; also, what would your organization consider a true measure of the success or failure of your project
    • collaborative possibilities: does your project or organization lend itself to potential partnerships with other organizations; provide examples if possible
    • other major funding sources requested and/or received
    • your fundraising game plan: including your request of The Stuller Family Foundation, how are you planning to fund your project; what fundraising events do you have planned
    • other sources being utilized by your organization, such as volunteers and in-kind donations
    • why your organization is in the best position to serve this need or lead this project

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    Q: Will you do a site visit? Should we invite your Board members for a visit?
    A: Invitations to visit your organization’s facility are welcome; however, the Foundation staff will determine the need for a site visit.
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    Q: Will you fund general operating expenses? Or does your board of directors prefer specific projects?
    A: The answer is “yes” and “yes”. We fund both, and the decision as to whether we are going to fund general operating expenses or a specific project or event is done strictly on a case-by-case basis. We do prefer to provide grants that will potentially have a greater impact, i.e. more people and/or a larger geographic region helped by our donation. Under special circumstances, we will consider supporting the start-up of a new organization or efforts to strengthen the organizational capacity of existing organizations.
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    Q: Will you provide a grant to our organization in (City, State)?
    A: As noted in our Grant Guidelines, the geographic focus of our grant-making is Lafayette Parish and its adjacent parishes, namely, Iberia, Vermilion, Acadia, St. Landry and St. Martin parishes.
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