The Topfer Family Foundation accepts applications year round and reviews them on a quarterly basis. Please see below for information about how to apply. Due to the volume of requests received each year, we cannot accept requests in the form of letters, proposals or presentations. Organizations that are not current TFF grantees are welcome to send basic information about their programs via email, but please note that we are not able to respond. If the program aligns with our funding priorities and immediate grantmaking goals, we will follow up with you. Before accessing the online application, we recommend you review and print this page and the Grant Guidelines page.
Note to Chicago Area Applicants:
TFF has suspended accepting unsolicited proposals for the Chicago metropolitan area for the foreseeable future due to limits on our current and anticipated grantmaking portfolio. Current TFF grantees are eligible to apply for renewal funding. Prospective grantees must receive an invitation from TFF to apply for funding. Organizations are welcome to send basic information about their programs via mail or email, but please note that we are not able to respond. If the program aligns with our funding priorities and immediate grantmaking goals, we will follow up with you.
Using our online portal, you have the ability to start an application and save your progress for submittal at a later time. However, if you prefer, the Grant Application Form is available in Word format that you can use to develop your responses, and then cut and paste this information into our online application.
Listed below are support documents required to complete your application. Incomplete applications will not be considered for funding.
- TFF Budget Information Form
- Most recently filed IRS Form 990
- Copy of last year’s audited financial statements
- Annual report (if your agency publishes one)
If any of your supporting documents are too large to submit with the online application, please submit them as an email attachment to email@example.com.
Applications are accepted year round and scheduled for review based on the order in which they are received. If you are a current grantee, please check with your Program Officer to confirm the deadline date for your specific quarter. The Board of Directors reviews applications at its quarterly meetings, generally held in March, June, September and December. Organizations are encouraged to submit applications as early as possible in the quarter to allow for timely review prior to board meetings. Applicants can expect responses within two weeks of the Board meeting at which the grant is reviewed.