TG accepts applications for funding through a Request for Proposal (RFP) process. You’ll find information here about open RFPs, with instructions about how to apply and a link to the application form. At times TG also uses an invitation-only RFP process, in which case we send information directly to prospective respondents.
In all of its philanthropy, TG aims to increase post-secondary attainment and affordability. We support ideas and strategies that promote better student decision-making and prudent student debt. TG prioritizes efforts that focus on low- and moderate-income students.
Here’s some basic information about proposals and grants. For more information about the grant process, visit our Philanthropy Applicant FAQ.
Evaluation of proposals
TG considers whether the proposals we receive offer a compelling rationale and need for the proposed project, and evaluates the applicant’s ability to ensure that:
- The project’s goals and objectives are clearly and directly tied to measurable deliverables, outcomes, and expectations, as identified by the applicant as a part of the proposal.
- Collaborative partnerships can augment the impact of the grant, and that the efforts will promote increased coordination among organizations and institutions within the community. (Letters of support or copies of memoranda of understanding should be included for any proposed organizational partners.)
- The applicant can ensure sufficient institutional, organizational, or other support such that the efforts will continue if the project intends to remain in place beyond the grant period.
- The efforts have the potential to inform practices or policy development, increase knowledge across the higher education community, or could be adapted by other organizations or institutions.
In general, TG will not make grants for purposes of:
- Annual fundraising events or general sustaining drives
- Performances or competition expenses
- Building infrastructure, physical plant, or brick-and-mortar construction
- Motor vehicles
- Debt retirement
- Indirect costs
- Lobbying efforts
Grant application process
When you decide to apply for a grant:
- Review the guidelines provided in the RFP to determine relevance and applicability.
- Complete and submit the application, using the link specified in the RFP announcement.
- Respond to TG’s request for additional information or a site visit, if necessary.
Allowable project costs
TG will not consider requests to cover indirect costs. All costs for which TG funding is requested must be incurred solely for work on the proposed project.
Application deadline and format
Each RFP specifies the due date for applications. All applications must be submitted electronically.
Each RFP specifies the maximum grant term for the proposed work.
TG doesn’t automatically renew grant funding. Receiving grant funding for a prior year doesn’t guarantee or place the applicant in a preferred position to be awarded additional grant funding in subsequent years.
TG may conduct a site visit to an applicant organization before making a funding decision. TG may also conduct site visits to successful applicant organizations after funding has been awarded.
Requirements of grantees
Successful applicants must submit project status reports that include details on progress made toward project objectives and an accounting of funds expended. We may also invite successful applicants to share their projects’ efforts, experiences, and successes through presentations and publications.