Please tell me more about your focus on public policy.
We focus our grant making on initiatives that promise to have an influence on public policies. This includes advancing the public debate about important policy issues, development and testing of new policy ideas, and evaluations that help policymakers understand how policies are working and where improvements are needed. We believe such policy initiatives can lead to broad, systemic changes that affect the most people over the long run.
Do you fund communications (e.g., books, publications, videos, documentaries, web sites)?
We look for a strong communications plan in any proposal designed to influence public policy. We generally don’t fund communications efforts that are unrelated to specific policy initiatives.
Do you fund research?
We fund research that is likely to have a strong impact on public policy in our program areas. See individual programs for more information. We do not fund basic research.
Do you fund scholarships, fellowships, capital or endowment campaigns, buildings, religious activities, or small business startups?
Do you fund government agencies and programs?
We generally make grants only to nonprofit organizations. However, we occasionally fund government initiatives that promise to lead to statewide policy changes.
Do you fund national organizations?
We make grants to national organizations for projects that promise to have a significant impact on public policies affecting the Great Lakes region.
Do you make grants outside the United States?
Our grant making is limited to organizations whose work affects the Great Lakes region of the United States. A few grants are made to Canadian environmental organizations working on Great Lakes issues.
Do you provide general operating support or must we apply for specific project funds?
We generally fund projects, but in rare cases we provide general operating support.
Do you do program-related investments?
No, not at present.
Whom can I contact to talk to about my proposal?
Please start by reviewing our program areas or our How to Apply page to get a sense of how your proposal fits with Joyce funding priorities. If your proposal fits with our priorities, please send an email to the attention of the appropriate program officer to firstname.lastname@example.org.
How long does it take from the time I send a proposal until a decision is made whether to fund it?
For information on schedules, please review our review process.
Is it really necessary to send a letter of inquiry? Can’t I just save time and send the proposal?
Yes, sending an inquiry letter is required. It helps applicants target proposals better and saves time that would otherwise go into preparing and reviewing proposals that may not fit within our funding priorities.
Would it help if I contacted a member of your board of directors?
The directors of the Foundation have requested that they not be contacted individually regarding proposals.
Is there a maximum size for grants?
No. The size of grants depends on the organization’s overall budget and the scope of the proposed work. To get a sense of the range of our grants, we suggest you review previous grants made by the Joyce Foundation.
How long after a grant is approved will we get the money?
Grant payments are normally made at the end of the month following the board meeting at which the funding decision was made.
Where did the Joyce Foundation get its money?
The Joyce family wealth was based on lumber and sawmill interests. More background is available here.