Grant Seekers

The Jefferson Trust has two funding opportunities: the regular Annual cycle and a Flash Funding cycle.

Both Annual and Flash cycle requests must meet the same criteria. To determine if your project meets the parameters of a Jefferson Trust grant:

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Annual Cycle Timeline

  • The annual cycle proposal form for 2021-22 is open.
  • The Jefferson Trust is implementing a new, two-step submission process for the annual cycle.
    • Applicants will complete a brief LOI (Letter of Inquiry). These will be reviewed on a rolling basis and decisions will be made within two weeks of submission.
    • If approved, the applicant will be invited to complete a full proposal.
  • Due to the two-step process, LOI’s must be submitted by October 1.
  • Full proposals must be submitted by October 25.
  • Some applicants will be asked to meet with the board in January to provide more information.
  • All applicants will be notified of decisions in February.

See the LOI questions list here.

See the full questions list here.

Flash Funding Timeline

Flash Funding seeks to fill a need for shorter-term projects or immediate use, and awards are capped at $10,000.

  • The Flash funding application is now closed for the 2021 funding cycles.
  • Flash funding cycles begin each January and will be available monthly until funds are depleted.
  • All proposals submitted in a month will have a decision on the 15th of the following month. [Proposals submitted in January will receive a decision on February 15th.]
  • The March 2021 flash cycle is the final cycle for spring 2021. 

Proposal Instructions

Click the link below to create an account and submit a proposal! Your information will be saved in the system, but is not visible to the reviewers until you submit the final version. Please contact jeffersontrust@virginia.edu if you have any problems with your account.

Begin a proposal in the grant portal »

You may also access the grant portal from the Grants dropdown menu in the main navigation bar.

*Note for returning applicants: we transitioned to a new proposal system in 2020.  If you submitted a proposal prior to 2020, your submission history has been migrated and you already have an account in the new portal. Your username will be your email address. You can login by clicking “Forgot Password.” Please contact our office with any questions.