If you are an existing grantee, you may log in to your account to check the status of your grant, submit reports or change your organization's contact information at any time through the online grantmaking system.
If you have never applied for funding from us or not applied in the last 2 years, please review the Guidelines below to acquaint yourself with our current funding practices before accessing the online grantmaking system. Please also review the instructions at the bottom of the login page carefully before setting up your profile. You may submit an application at any time prior to the deadline of August 15th, however doing so does not guarantee it will be reviewed outside our usual grant cycle timeline, with notifications being issued in December.
The Irene W. and C. B. Pennington Foundation will review unsolicited proposals once a year in a single step proposal process. All proposals should be submitted online. Grant recipients from the previous year will have to submit a mid-term report through the online application system, as instructed on the form. Proposals are evaluated for alignment with the Foundation's strategic goals and objectives.
Before contacting the foundation, please review the Areas of Interest,Communities Served below and the FAQ page of the website to obtain more information about the Foundation and its funding. If your request is for a capital initiative or capital campaign, please email or contact the program office at (225) 928-8346 prior to submitting your proposal.
In order to be eligible for a grant from the Pennington Family Foundation, an organization must be recognized as tax-exempt under Section 501 (c) 3 of the Internal Revenue Code. Please note that a majority of the foundation's grants is awarded to organizations and agencies in the Greater Baton Rouge area and surrounding parishes. Grants are not awarded to individuals. The foundation does not consider funding for unsolicited fundraising or other events.
Areas of Interest
The foundation funds organizations and programs in the following areas and encourages projects which reach underserved or disadvantaged women, children and families:
Human Services - meet the various physical and emotional needs of people - from food, shelter, and clothing to positive recreational activities
Education - encourage learning and development from early childhood to postgraduate education
Medical and Health - provide healthcare education and increase access by people to the medical care and health activities they need to stay healthy
Arts and Humanities - give people the chance to create and enjoy the arts and humanities through different expressive forms
Community Development - improve the quality of urban or rural life, increase how quickly nonprofit agencies can respond to community needs, and promote private philanthropy
Environment - maintain the balance, beauty, and health of the natural world
Types of Funding
The foundation provides the following types of funding: bridge, capital, disaster, operating, program, scholarship, seed, and in rare cases, unrestricted. The foundation does not consider funding for individuals or unsolicited fundraising events.
Most of the foundation's giving focuses on organizations and agencies in the Greater Baton Rouge area and surrounding parishes. This includes the parishes of East and West Baton Rouge, East and West Feliciana, and Pointe Coupee.
Online Grant Application
All grant proposals should be submitted via the online grant application process.
The foundation is not inclined to accept paper proposals. Please do not attempt to submit your proposal on outdated paper forms or concept paper forms, as these will not be accepted by the foundation in person or by mail. If you are unable to submit an online grant proposal due to technological limitations or other reasons, please contact the program office by email or (225) 928-8346 to devise a solution. Our program office is prepared to work with you to help you find a way to utilize our online grant application process. Hand-delivered or mailed paper proposals will not be accepted unless specific arrangements have been made with the program office.
In addition to the online proposal narrative, applicants should have the following documents in electronic format (PDF, Word, Wordperfect, Excel, etc.) and available for upload within the grant proposal form.
Detailed program budget that includes specific line items; a budget narrative may be included.
Audited financial statement for the most current fiscal year. If an audited statement is not available, then upload whatever financial documentation the organization uses. If we need more information, we will contact you.
Roster of Board of Directors including their occupations and length of term in office. You may cut and paste the information from a word processing document into the response box for this question, or upload the document as an attachment in the upload slot, and type "uploading" in the response box.
Additional Information - Optionally, applicants may also upload one of the following documents. Please limit this to one document, and choose this document carefully, as there is only one slot to upload additional information.
a strategic plan OR
a fundraising or development plan OR
a brochure OR
annual report OR
one page of news clippings.
Deadline: All grant applications must be submitted online by August 15 at 4:00 p.m.
Notification: Organizations will receive notification in December.