FAQ

Learn more about eligibility, selection process, and what else it takes to become a Pillars grantee.

Eligibility

Q: Do organizations need to be a certain size or age to be considered for funding?

A: No.

Q: Can my organization apply if we do not have 501(c)(3) status?

A: Organizations must have 501(c)(3) status or be sponsored by a fiscal agent with 501(c)(3) status by December 1, 2019.

Q: Does Pillars have a particular regional focus within the United States?

A: No, but funding is only available to organizations and projects based in the United States.

Q: Will Pillars fund the building or maintenance of a mosque, religious center, or school?

A: No. However, we will consider programming conducted in houses of worship or educational institutions.

 

Selection Process, Timing and Deadlines

Q: Will my organization be considered for this grant cycle if we submit our LOI after August 15?

A: No. To be considered for 2019-20 funding, LOIs must be submitted by July 19, 2019.

Q: If my organization wants to apply for funding for multiple projects or programs, should we submit multiple Letters of Inquiry?

A: We advise organizations to submit one Letter of Inquiry. There are two ways to let us know you have multiple projects for consideration:

  • In the “Programming and Reach” section, applicants have the option to indicate the type of support they seek, and they may check as many boxes as apply.
  • The “Optional Information” section is a great place to discuss the different workstreams and projects as well as include an attachment to supplement the LOI.

Q: When will my organization be able to access the full application?

A: The full application is invitation-only. If your organization has submitted an LOI, you will receive an email with further instructions to let you know whether you have been invited to submit a full application.

Q: How many/what percentage of applicants will make it to the full application stage?

A: It’s unclear. We don’t have a specific number or percentage in mind. Our decisions will be based on the strength of the organization and LOI, not a quota.

Q: What happens if my organization does not get selected to submit a full application?

A: Unfortunately, not every organization will be invited to submit a full application this year. We appreciate the interest in partnering with Pillars and we welcome you to reapply in subsequent cycles. Due to the high volume of inquiries, we may not be able to provide individual feedback for each submission at the LOI stage of the process.

Q: Who are your current grantee partners?

A: Please see here for more information about our current partners.

 

Awards

Q: If selected as a Pillars grantee partner:

  • How is the size of the grant determined?
  • When will the funds become available?
  • For what activities can the funds be used?
  • What is the timetable for implementation?
  • Are the funds dependent on performance or other metrics?

A: The details of each grantee partner’s award, timing, use, and evaluation will be defined as part of a grant agreement between Pillars and the selected grantee partners.

Q: What range of funding can selected grantee partners expect to receive?

A: Typical Pillars grants range from $10,000 to $50,000. Final awards amounts will depend on a range of factors, including the project or organization need, available funds, etc.

Q: What if I have further questions that you haven’t answered here?

A: Please contact Kalia Abiade, grants@pillarsfund.org with any further questions.

“The work we do is only made possible by the support of American Muslims and those who believe in protecting the rights of Americans of all faiths. We are so grateful to have Pillars advocating for our mission.” ­— Farhana Khera, President & Executive Director  |  Muslim Advocates