Grant Seekers
▼ General Overview
BFI develops independent programs and offers funding to existing non-profit, 501(c)3 organizations around the world that are in line with our Core Values Curriculum. Our curriculum involves the use of vocational, educational, arts and cultural enrichment programs as a means to teach human values. Our hope is that participants will feel compelled to share these values with the world.

BFI DOES NOT support:

Individual or corporate donation requests (i.e., for special events)
Projects and/or programs that are strictly revenue based
Political campaign fundraising initiatives
Religious groups
Programs that intentionally mislead program participants and/or program administrators
Any programs/projects that could cause bodily harm, injury or exposes program participants to inherently dangerous environments.

▼ BFI Funding Priorities (Application must be focused on one of the following):
International and domestic community arts & educational programs that serve underserved and underprivileged children aged 5-17 to develop useful skills, as well as important values such as kindness and empathy through arts and educational enrichment programs.
A wide variety of public art programs. This will include workshops and small exhibitions, reading and discussion series, and lecture/ programs.

▼ How to Apply for a Grant
Note: Due to the restructuring BFI is currently undergoing, we will not be accepting new applications for the 2016 grant period. Once restructuring is complete, BFI will issue grant proposal requests to organizations that we have determined fit within our guidelines. To be considered, please contact us at grants@usabfi.org.

Application & Review Process
Submit Letter of Intent. Must be submitted between September 1st and September 20th, 2016
Phone Interview.
Notification of Letter of Intent Approval or Denial
2 weeks from date of submission to Bright Future International
Submit Full Proposal
3 weeks from the date of receiving the Notification of Letter of Intent Approval
Request for Funding Application
Budget Request Form
Budget Narrative Form
501(c)(3) Letter
Copy of current program operating budget
Interview & Program site visit
3 weeks from date of submission of Full Proposal
Program Approval Process
4 weeks
Full Proposal Review
Budget Review
Notification of Approval or Denial by Funding Committee
Notification of Approval or Denial by Board of Directors‏
Renewal Process
Bright Future International supported programs are not auto-renewed for funding. Each organization must submit a renewal request that includes the following information and documentation:

Full Proposal including any updated information or new programmatic components. Must be submitted between November 1th and November15th.
Request for Funding Application
Budget Request Form
Funding Narrative Form
Current program operating budget
Evaluation Report (submitted by an authorized employee of Bright Future International)
Program Approval Process
4 weeks
Proposal Review
Budget Review
Notification of Approval or Denial by Funding Committee
Notification of Approval or Denial by Board of Directors‏

2013 Application & Review Process
2013 Letter of Intent
2013 Budget Request Form
2013 Budget Narrative Form
2013 Request for Funding Application

To assist the BFI Board of Directors in making grant decisions, certain criteria are followed: the need for the program, the organization’s ability to meet this need effectively, including proper control of expenses, and the use of volunteers when applicable.

Grant requests from separate entities of the same institution/organization/agency or affiliated entities will be treated as having been submitted by a single entity. An entity IS NOT eligible to submit no more than one (1) grant application to BFI during a calendar year. Additionally an entity IS NOT eligible to receive no more than one (1) grant award from BFI during a calendar year.

For additional information, please contact our office at 224.676.1529 or email us at info@usabfi.org

▼ Questions and Answers
Before You Begin

Q: When is the next open application cycle?
Due to the restructuring BFI is currently undergoing, we will not be accepting new applications for the 2015 grant period. Once restructuring is complete, BFI will issue grant proposal requests to organizations that we have determined fit within our guidelines. To be considered, please contact us at grants@usabfi.org.
All letters of intent must be submitted between September 1st and September 20th, 2015

Q: What is the Renewal Grant Cycle?
Renewal cycle application will be open November 1th through November 15th. Renewal is not automatic. Eligible grantees must apply in order to be considered for renewal.

Q: What kind of program do you fund?
International and domestic community arts & educational programs that serve underserved and underprivileged children aged 5-17 to develop useful skills, as well as important values such as kindness and empathy through arts and educational enrichment programs.
A wide variety of public art programs. This will include workshops and small exhibitions, reading and discussion series, and lecture/ programs.
For more information, please consult BFI Guidelines.

Q: What do you not fund?
Bright Future International does not support:
Individual or corporate donation requests (i.e., for special events)
Projects and/or programs that are strictly revenue-based
Political campaign fundraising initiatives
Religious groups
Programs that intentionally mislead program participants and/or program administrators
Any programs or projects that could cause bodily harm or injury, or exposes program participants to inherently dangerous environments.

Q: How do we know if our organization is eligible for a grant?
BFI Funding Priorities are:
International and Domestic Community Arts & Educational programs that serve underserved and underprivileged children aged 5-17 to useful skills, as well as important values such as kindness and empathy through arts and educational enrichment programs.
A wide variety of public art programs, including workshops and small exhibitions, reading and discussion series, and lecture programs.

Q: Do you make grants to individuals?
No. For more information about what BFI does not support please click here.

Q: How do I apply for a grant?
Organizations requesting funding from the Bright Future International Foundation are required to submit a grant application. Click here for more information

Q: How often can we apply?
The Bright Future International Foundation requests you submit only one application per period.
Major Grant – November 1st and November 15th
Mini Grant Application – January, April, June, October.

Q: What if I miss the deadline?
Due to the large volume of applications received by the Foundation, we regret that we cannot accept late applications.

Q: Our Letter of Intent was declined. May we resubmit?
Organizations should not submit a letter of intent for the same project. An organization may submit a letter of intent for a different project, once one year has passed since the initial inquiry.

Filling Out the Application

Q: How to write a proposal
Know what your organization and project are about, and what you need.
Don’t assume a funder knows anything about your organization or program.
Answer ALL the questions posed in the guidelines.
Write clearly in English, using appropriate grammar.
Make it legible—double-space and use a font size of at least 11.
Avoid jargon, acronyms, and excessive statistics.
Avoid predictions of what might happen without the program.
Don’t promise more than you can deliver.

Q: What do I have to write in the evaluation section?
How will you know if your program has been a success?
How will you measure success?

Q: How do I decide how much money to ask for?
Check the guidelines to determine your appropriate grant size. If this is your first grant request from BFI, know that a smaller grant is preferable so that both parties get to test the relationship first.

Q: To whom should I should submit all documents?
All documents should be sent on grants@usabfi.org

Q: What are your deadlines?
Phase I: All Letters of Intent should be sent to BFI grant department before September 20th.
Phase II: Full proposals are accepted by invitation only. If you have been invited to apply for a grant, please download all documents for the full proposal from BFI web site. All documents should be sent to BFI grant department before November15th.

Q: How do I apply for a grant?
Please see How to apply for a grant.

Q: Can I meet with foundation staff regarding my grant application?
BFI staff does not meet with prospective grantees, however upon receipt of a letter of intent, staff may choose to contact applicants.

Q: I have materials I want to submit along with my request for funding. How do I send them?
Please submit only the requested forms.

After Submission
Q: When can we expect to hear if we’ve gotten a grant?
All announcements should be made on or before December 20th.

Q: How will I receive your decision regarding Grant?
You will get our decision via email and/or mail.

I Still Have Questions
Q: Who do I contact?
Please email grants@usabfi.org