Open Grants

Open Grants

The Dell Foundation will provide limited open grants year-round to programs and services that fall outside the timeline and scope of the Empowering Youth grant program. Open grants will be for financial, volunteer or in-kind support, limited to $5,000 or less and serve populations in Dell's principal US locations.

Timing: Open grant applications are reviewed on a quarterly basis:

Applications submitted:Notification by:
February through AprilJune 15
May through JulySeptember 15
August through OctoberDecember 15
November through JanuaryMarch 15

Please read the criteria below prior to applying.
Open Grant proposals are limited to one submission per calendar year.

  • Organization must be in one of the following counties to qualify for an Open Grant:
    In Idaho: Twin Falls County
    In Illinois: Lake County and Cook County
    In New Hampshire: Hillsborough County
    In North Carolina: Forsyth County and Guilford County
    In Oklahoma: Oklahoma County
    In Tennessee: Wilson County and Davidson County
    In Texas: Travis County and Williamson County
  • Must be registered nonprofit organizations. Priority given to agencies that are registered 501(c)(3) by the Internal Revenue Service.
  • Must be for direct programs and services to youth ages newborn to high school seniors.
  • Foundation giving does not extend to individuals, academic or research projects, civic, religious or political institutions, school fundraisers, marketing opportunities or sports events and organizations.

The Dell Foundation looks for one or more of the following conditions in an application:
  • Catalyst -- Foundation support would be vital or catalytic to a proposed project's success.
  • Collaboration -- A collaborative network exists that multiplies the impact of the grant.
  • Sustainability -- The proposed project is likely to continue and expand after the grant period.
  • Innovation -- The proposal is innovative and efficient in the use of funds.
  • Avoids redundancy -- Administrative expenses are reduced by sharing resources with other agencies and groups.
  • Outcome oriented -- The project is well planned and has well-defined measurable outcomes.
  • Relevancy -- The project reflects and meets a basic community need.
  • Diversity -- Services are culturally sensitive and barrier free.
  • Immediacy -- Funding is directed to those most in need.
  • Prevention orientation -- Integration with educational programs.
  • Efficient -- Effective, innovative use of technological infrastructure.
  • Community collaboration -- Affects more than one county of geographic scope.
  • Quality standards -- Adherence to the Better Business Bureau's Charitable Standards.
To apply, click here: Open Grant Application. Please note – Microsoft Word applications are no longer accepted. Please apply using the online grant application via the link provided. Thank you.

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