Grant Guidelines

In making its annual grants, the Board of Trustees is guided by established criteria described in the following guidelines. Grant applications that do not conform to these guidelines will be rejected.

For Information about the Academy of Inquiry Based Learning and its program of small grants, see the AIBL site.

Grants awarded in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013.


Grants are made to nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations only. To be eligible, an organization must have received a determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service indicating that it is an organization described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is not a private foundation within the meaning of Section 509(a) of the Code. Grants are usually not made to individuals. NO GRANTS ARE AWARDED FOR BASIC OPERATING EXPENSES, ENDOWMENTS, SCHOLARSHIPS, OR CAPITAL EQUIPMENT AND PROJECTS.

Grant Content Guidelines

The Foundation considers grants that further and/or enhance the Inquiry-Based Learning methodologies inspired by R. L. Moore, at all educational levels, particularly in the fields of mathematics and science.

The Foundation favors seed or pilot projects with significant potential impact, particularly when they might lead to larger projects supported by funding from other foundations and sources. Grants are generally awarded in the $5,000 to $50,000 range.

To be accepted, a proposed program or project should possess the following characteristics:

  • Mission Congruence: Does the purpose of the project and its objectives match the mission of the Foundation?
  • Clearly Stated Objectives: Does the project have clearly stated objectives? Does the project solve an existing problem or open the way to a solution?
  • Potential: Does the project have the potential to have a meaningful impact, and might it be expanded through additional funding by other foundations or organizations?
  • Broader Application: Can the results of the project be broadly applied and with good effect? How will others benefit and who are the beneficiaries? How will project results be shared with others?
  • Innovation and creativity: Does the project represent a new approach or apply existing methods or approaches in a novel way?
  • Collaboration: Could the results of the project lead to collaboration with other organizations, foundations, or researchers in order to multiply its positive effect?
  • Interim and Final Reports to the Foundation: Is there provision for interim and final reports on the progress and results of the project?
  • Evaluation: Does the project have measurable outcomes? Is there a clear methodology that is objective and, if possible, scientific for evaluating the results of the project?

Grant Application Guidelines


Grant requests must be submitted on an application form downloaded from this website and mailed to the Foundation as hard copy as well as sent by email with the subject area completed as "Grant Application -- Inquiry-Based Learning." Any other form of application or manner of submission is unacceptable and will be rejected. The complete downloadable Grant Application Package, including the Proposal Description (grant summary, proposal narrative, other information, grant proposal checklist), the Proposal Budget, and the Proposal Attachments must be submitted to the Foundation in a single envelope.

Application Timeline:

  • Only applications for projects beginning 1 June 2015 or later will be considered for our next grant cycle.
  • The deadline for receipt of such applications is 1 October 2014.
  • We anticipate that applicants will be notified of the decision by 30 November 2014.

Pre-Proposal Questions

If you are unsure as to the suitability of your grant request, you are welcome to submit a Pre-Proposal Request Form You will be contacted if your grant meets the Foundation’s guidelines and a full application is warranted. Acceptance of a pre-proposal does not ensure a grant, of course, but it does indicate that the nature and purpose of the proposed grant is of interest to the Foundation.

Grant Agreement

The successful applicant becomes a grantee upon signing a letter of agreement with EAF. The agreement states the responsibilities of the grantee, duration of the grant, the amount of funding, and the approved use of funds. Interim and final reporting requirements are stated in the agreement.

Grant Submission Procedure

The Foundation uses a standardized Grant Request that is downloadable as an MS Word document. To complete the application, download the application documents to your computer, replace the blank lines with your responses, print the resulting documents, and send the complete package by mail and by email to the Foundation.