Let us Support Your Vision

The Stuller Family Foundation has a rich history of supporting a variety of causes throughout Acadiana, both through General Operating Support and Specific Project grants.

A Resource for the Community

The Stuller Family Foundation is a private Christian-based family foundation serving the Acadiana region. We support organizations whose causes and programs align with our family’s core value of being committed to practicing responsible and sound stewardship.

Submission Deadlines

February 1, 2021

June 1, 2021

September 1, 2021

In order for The Stuller Family Foundation to have adequate time to review and consider applications, please submit your proposals no later than the dates listed here.

If submitting an application via email, The Stuller Family Foundation will send you an email within two weeks of submission to acknowledge the receipt of every proposal. If submitting via snail mail, the foundation will send you an email or letter within two weeks of being delivered.

Application Submission Checklist

Funding Request Form

Each application should include a completed Funding Request form. It can be downloaded directly from our Grant Application page (click here).

The form can either be downloaded, completed and submitted via email (preferred), or printed, completed, and scanned to email or snail mail.

Program Narrative

The program narrative should include no more than two (2) additional typed pages with the following information:

  • Brief overview of the community’s need for this particular program including similar programs and how your program fills the gap or need in service.
  • Descriptions of expected program challenges and plans to overcome or appropriately manage those.
  • Your organization’s financial plan for program sustainability once The Stuller Family Foundation’s funding support is spent (if applicable to your specific needs and request).

Attachments

Attachments should include the following information. The attachments should be no more than five (5) typed pages.

  • Copy of your organization’s most recent 990 form (page 1 only).
  • Project budget
  • Supporting materials, such as reports, brochures and news articles about the specific program or project you’re requesting funding for (optional).

Apply for a Grant

If a grant is awarded, the Foundation may require the organization to submit program evaluation reports outlining results and outcomes as a result of the funding.

Applicants should submit the original completed proposal to:

Stuller Family Foundation

P.O. Box 82277
Lafayette, La. 70598
(337) 394-5432
Fax (337) 262-7713
stullerfoundation@stuller.com

Frequently Asked Questions
Does The Stuller Family Foundation provide proposal support or assistance to applicants prior to submission?

In order for The Stuller Family Foundation to support its mission, we want to make sure grant proposals have a high likelihood of being awarded the requested funds. As such, the Executive Director will provide proposal support to applicants. Please adhere to the following guidelines so the foundation can support your proposal enhancement efforts.

  1. Complete your proposal and application as best possible at least one month before the submission deadline.
  2. Schedule an appointment with the Executive Director at least two weeks before the submission deadline in order to allow time for revisions and edits. Email katy_dupre@stuller.com to schedule an appointment.
How soon can an organization submit another application for the same program grant that was not awarded the requested grant?

The Stuller Family Foundation receives hundreds of grant applications each year from many worthwhile organizations in Acadiana. There are a number of factors that determine whether or not a request is awarded. Since the foundation is unable to fund every request received, we encourage organizations to submit applications for future board meetings and to also reach out to the Executive Director if your organization would like advice or guidance on that resubmission (see above).

Can charitable organizations without a 501(c)(3) status be awarded grants?

No – The Stuller Family Foundation’s status with the Internal Revenue Service requires that it only support organizations that have obtained 501(c)(3) certification.

After being awarded funds for an organization’s annual capital campaign, how soon can the same organization apply for another capital campaign contribution?

Following the approval of a “capital campaign” funding request, The Stuller Family Foundation asks that these organizations wait at least two years before submitting another capital campaign funding request.

What can we do to increase the chances that our grant request will be approved?
  1. Adhere to all guidelines provided in the application packet (<link to application page>).
  2. Be as specific as possible when providing detailed plans for the following:
    1. Project plans about how the proposed project will help (or will continue to help) your organization reach its overarching goals. How does this project support your organizational goals?
    2. Fundraising plans for how your organization plans to fully fund the proposed project, including matching grants and collaborative partnerships. How will the project be fully funded
    3. Impact expectations and project evaluation plans for how your organization will determine if the project was a success and if it met your expectations.
  3. Be specific and provide additional evidence for how your organization and its existing efforts are directly helping your organization fulfill its mission.

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

Does The Stuller Family Foundation conduct site visits?

The Stuller Family Foundation occasionally requests and/or conducts site visits. Invitations to visit your organization’s facility are welcome; however, the Foundation staff and the Board of Directors will determine the need for a site visit.

Which type of budgetary items are acceptable to fund using the foundation’s grant?

There are no restrictions on the type of items/activities an organization requests funding for. However, the Board seriously considers what the funding is being requested for, and evaluates if the proposed spending is the most effective use of grant funds. If the Board determines that the grant proposal outlines effective and efficient use of funds, and includes how those funds will be used to meet the needs of the community, then the proposal has a much greater chance of being awarded the requested funds. 

Examples of acceptable budgetary items are listed below. This is not an exhaustive list of acceptable items; rather the type of specificity expected in submitted proposals.

  • General organization operating expenses and start-up costs required for organizational success (e.g. staff salary, utility expenses, project management software)
  • Specific project resources required for a successful and impactful project (e.g. tools/parts/materials, outreach advertising, permit fees)