Guidelines for Grant Applications
The International Security and the Foreign Policy Program and Domestic Public Policy Program make grants for research and writing on public policy topics that have been identified as priority areas for the Foundation. Those priorities are described in greater detail on each program’s home page.
The Smith Richardson Foundation has a rigorous proposal review process. The first step in the process is the submission of a concept paper. Concept papers should not exceed six pages (the one-page data sheet does not count toward the page limit). Please consult our concept paper template before making a submission.
If the staff determines that a project warrants further consideration under the Foundation’s guidelines, an applicant will be asked to submit a full proposal that conforms to the proposal template provided by the Foundation, to include a one-year budget or two-year budget.
Initial inquires following the concept paper template should be mailed to the Foundation’s office and directed to the attention of the program to which you wish to apply. Please use the address listed below:
Smith Richardson Foundation
60 Jesup Road
Westport, CT 06880
Upon receipt of a grant application, the Foundation will either mail or e-mail a confirmation of receipt to the grant applicant. The Foundation will respond to all grant requests in a timely manner. However, given the large number of grant proposals that the Foundation receives, we cannot guarantee a response within a specific time frame.
Requests for grants greater than $50,000 and for multi-year grant support are made at one of our regular board meetings. Requests for grants of $50,000 or less are reviewed on an ongoing basis and are handled as promptly as possible.