FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. WHAT IS THE KOREAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF SAN FRANCISCO (KACF-SF)?
The San Francisco Bay Area is home to a critical mass of 1.5 and 2nd generation Korean Americans who are well-educated, successful and civic-minded. Our goal is to mobilize this group to serve and strengthen the Korean American community through grantmaking and other forms of assistance. The organization was founded by thirteen like-minded individuals in an effort to address the needs of the Korean American community in the greater Bay Area. These founding members ultimately decided to leverage the knowledge base of the highly successful Korean American Community Foundation in New York to launch the initiative in the Bay Area, becoming the inaugural affiliate of KACF. We formally incorporated in the first quarter of 2014 and began raising funds and soliciting Board members. We officially launched in October 2014 and have completed three grantmaking cycles to date.
2. HOW CAN I APPLY FOR A KOREAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF SAN FRANCISCO COMMUNITY GRANT?
To apply for a grant, please visit the COMMUNITY GRANTS page and download the current Grant Guidelines and Application Form. Applications MUST be submitted electronically (as a PDF file) as well as in hard copy. (see Q. 18 below)
3. CAN I SUBMIT MORE THAN ONE community grant APPLICATION?
No. With limited resources, KACF-SF makes only one Community Grant to any single organization each year.
4. HOW MANY ORGANIZATIONS ARE EXPECTED TO RECEIVE GRANTS EACH YEAR?
This will depend on the number of applications we receive and the size of the requested grants, as well as the total amount of funding KACF-SF has available in a given year. We hope and expect the number of funded organizations to increase each year. For example, we funded six organizations in 2014-2015 and ten organizations in 2016-2017.
5. HOW MUCH FUNDING CAN I APPLY FOR?
The maximum grant amount is $30,000 per year. KACF-SF’s Community Grants typically range from $10,000 to $30,000.
6. DOES KACF-SF AWARD MULTI-YEAR GRANTS?
Yes, starting with the 2017 grantmaking cycle, organizations may apply for a one-year or two-year grant. KACF-SF expects to award a limited number of two-year grants. Guidelines for applying for a two-year grant can be found on the grant guidelines and application form.
7. CAN I APPLY FOR GENERAL OPERATING SUPPORT?
Yes, KACF-SF will consider general operating and program-specific grant applications. General operating support, however, is available only to organizations with a budget of $1 million or less.
8. DOES KACF-SF REQUIRE ANY MATCHING FUNDS?
No matching funds are required in order to apply for a grant.
9. WHAT WILL HAPPEN AFTER MY GRANT PROPOSAL HAS BEEN SUBMITTED?
KACF-SF will initially review all proposals for eligibility and inform applicants of the results. All organizations with eligible proposals will be contacted to schedule a site visit.
10. WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM A SITE VISIT?
Site visits will be conducted by a team of KACF-SF staff and volunteers and typically last around 3 hours. No written documentation needs to be prepared. The purpose of the site visit is to give KACF-SF an opportunity to learn more about the organization’s mission, program goals and outcomes, finances, and operations. We want to see what cannot be gleaned from the written proposal. Typically, a site visit will involve the organization’s Executive Director, Program Director/Coordinator (if applying for program-specific support), a Board member and, if appropriate, a participant in the organization’s activities.
11. WILL APPLICATIONS BE MEASURED STRICTLY ON MERIT, OR WILL GEOGRAPHICAL BALANCE OR OTHER FACTORS ALSO BE WEIGHED?
There is no set formula, and the strength of the proposal itself is an important factor, but not the only factor. We will take into consideration the needs being addressed and catchment population, since we would like to be able to support as many individuals/families served by organizations as possible. We also recognize that some organizations have greater capacity and experience with writing grant proposals. We are interested in helping organizations at varying levels of development and sophistication, including smaller service organizations that may not have previously applied for foundation funding.
12. IF OUR ORGANIZATION IS AWARDED A COMMUNITY GRANT THIS YEAR, WHEN DOES THE GRANT TERM BEGIN?
The grant term for Community Grants begins on December 15 each year, and ends on December 14 of the following year.
13. IF OUR ORGANIZATION IS AWARDED A COMMUNITY GRANT, HOW WILL THE FUNDS BE DISBURSED, IN ONE OR MULTIPLE INSTALLMENTS?
For one-year grants, funding will be disbursed in two installments. The first installment is made upon the grantee’s signing of the grant agreement in December. The second installment is made after KACF-SF has received the grantee’s progress report in July. For two-year grants, funding will be disbursed in four installments — the first year will follow the same schedule as a one-year grant; the 3rd and 4th installments will be made in January and July of the 2nd year, after the grantee has met progress reporting requirements.
14. WHEN WILL WE BE NOTIFIED OF THE FOUNDATION’S DECISION?
All applicants will be notified by mail and email as to the status of their application in mid-December.
15. CAN WE SUBMIT A GRANT APPLICATION IN KOREAN?
No. Although we make available a Korean version of the application, this is meant to facilitate understanding of the proposal requirements. Actual applications must be submitted in English because we believe in the importance of Korean-speaking organizations developing capacity to apply to mainstream foundations. KACF-SF will help connect Korean American organizations to other potential sources of funding.
16. CAN WE SUBMIT ANY ADDITIONAL ATTACHMENTS BEYOND THOSE THAT ARE REQUIRED?
To the extent possible, you should include all supportive information within the 6 pages of the proposal’s narrative portion. However, you may submit up to a maximum of 2 pages of supplemental information such as charts and graphs, a list of references/citations, etc.
17. ARE THERE ANY REQUIREMENTS FOR THE FONT AND SIZE WE SHOULD USE FOR THE GRANT APPLICATION?
In order to standardize submissions, please use either Arial or Times New Roman 11-point font.
18. IS IT OKAY TO SEND THE MAILED APPLICATION PACKET VIA REGULAR POSTAL MAIL VS. CERTIFIED MAIL?
Yes, regular mail is fine. It should be postmarked by 5pm on the deadline date. Remember that all applications MUST also be submitted electronically as a single PDF file.
19. CAN I FAX MY APPLICATION TO KACF-SF?
No, the Foundation does NOT accept applications via fax. Organizations should submit the application via email (as a single PDF file) and a hard copy of the original must be sent by postal mail to the KACF-SF office by 5 pm of the deadline date.
20. WHOM SHOULD I CONTACT IF I HAVE ANY QUESTIONS?
Please contact KACF-SF staff at: email@example.com.