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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for a grant from the foundation?
To apply for a grant, you must submit an application which meets standards outlined in the application process and funding guidelines, in addition to providing the supporting documentation listed. Click here to learn more about the application process and access the application.

How much funding is available?

Pony Barnes Foundation will fund awards based on needs up to 20k. 

My funding request does not fall under any of your programs. How do I submit it?
If your funding request does not fall under any of our programs, reach out to with a brief explanation of your needs and our team will review your request. PBF reserves the right to fund only proposals that fit within the three grant areas, however, may consider proposals outside of these areas depending on the nature of the program. However, they must benefit LGBTQ+ youth and/or their families.

What is the timeline for 2022 grant funding?

The 2022 grant application period begins September 6th and applications are due no later than October 24th. Funding will be distributed to successful applicants during December 2022.

  • Application Period Begins – Sep 6, 2022

  • Applications Due – Oct 31, 2022

  • Grant Proposal Review – November

  • Award Letters and Notifications – December

  • Funds Released – December

  • Quarterly Progress Reports Due – Every three months of grant award until close, subject to grant agreement

  • Final Progress Report Due – Upon conclusion of the grant award, subject to the grant agreement

How will awards be selected? What criteria make a solid proposal?

Proposals will be selected by a committee of PBF stakeholders.  All reviewers will have a chance to recuse themselves from the selection process if there is a conflict of interest. 

The following criteria will be prioritized in decisions around awards: 

  • Proposals should be innovative and include metrics to measure progress

  • Camps which plan to implement programming for their next camp cycle

  • Demonstrated knowledge and execution of key principles in experiential learning

  • Demonstrated commitment to best practices in diversity, equity, and inclusion

I am an individual seeking financial assistance. Am I eligible for a grant?
PBF’s individual grant program will open in 2023. Please subscribe to our mailing list for updates.

What documents will applicants need to complete?
Applicants must complete the full application, in addition to uploading a budget outline, IRS determination letter, and a project timeline of key milestones.

I have questions about my application. Does PBF provide resources for applicants?
Applicants may reach out to for additional questions about the application or awarding process. We are happy to schedule a meeting to clarify our expectations and address your questions.

We are continuously improving our process for making and managing grants and other investments. Our goal is to increase impact and provide more time to innovate and build strong relationships with you, our partners, to ultimately achieve results for the people we serve, together. If you have feedback and suggestions on how to make our process better, please reach out to

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