Frequently Asked Questions for Nonprofits / Non-Governmental Organizations

If you have a question about your grant, please review the local grant-making guidelines as well as the frequently asked questions found below. If you have a technical question about or problem with the online grant application process, contact CyberGrants, the outside vendor that manages the technical aspects of the application process, by clicking on the "Need Support" link that is available on all CyberGrants pages.

 

Q: How does an agency apply for a grant?

A: Prior to applying, applicants review Boeing's local grant-making guidelines. All requests for cash grants must be submitted via our online application system.

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Q: Are there submission deadlines?

A: Deadlines vary from site to site. Please check local corporate grant-making guidelines to verify if submission deadlines exist in your geographic area.

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Q: May I set up an appointment to discuss my project idea?

A: Ideally, we would like to meet with everyone who wants to discuss a project. However, due to the volume of inquiries received, doing so can be difficult. Please review the local corporate grant-making guidelines as a first step to determining if your project or program aligns.

If you then have additional questions, you may contact the appropriate local Boeing site for further discussion. Please be patient in awaiting a response.

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Q: When I submit my electronic grant application, should I send a hard copy as well?

A: We are unable to accept applications that are mailed, emailed or faxed. All applications must be submitted online.

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Q: When will I get a response to my electronic grant application?

A: You will receive a system-generated email response upon submission, verifying that your application has been received. Timelines for proposal reviews and funding decisions vary at different Boeing locations. Please review local grant-making guidelines for more information on the process for your location.

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Q: Who reviews the applications?

A: Each application is routed to the geographically appropriate reviewer depending on the location of the applicant or the site that will benefit from the project.

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Q: Will your staff conduct site visits?

A: A site visit may be required as part of the review process, depending on the nature of the proposed project. In some cases, both pre- and post-grant site visits are scheduled.

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Q: How long will it take for me to find out if my grant is approved?

A: Timelines vary throughout the geographic areas. Please review local grant-making guidelines for more information.

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Q: What could delay a decision on my request?

A: Incomplete applications (e.g., missing documents, omitted budgets) are primary delay factors. Also, requests for ineligible items, unsubstantiated line items or unspecified expenses can delay a decision on an application.

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Q: How can I check on the status of my request?

A: Due to the volume of requests received, we appreciate your patience in awaiting a response. Please check local grant-making guidelines for specific information regarding the general length of your local review process.

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Q: How are applicants notified when a decision is made?

A: You may receive notification via mail, email and/or a phone call from your local Global Corporate Citizenship representative when a decision is made about your application.

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Q: If my agency's application is declined, will you explain why it was rejected or critique the proposal?

A: We will contact you via letter or email outlining the main reason your proposal was turned down. Due to the large volume of inquiries and limited staff resources, we are unable to provide great detail for decline rationale or individual critiques of applications we decline. Because we have limited resources, we are only able to provide funding to a small percentage of qualified applicants. This means that many excellent projects, even ones that fall within our areas of interest, may not be funded. Please understand that a rejection of your application does not imply that your proposal lacks merit.

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Q: Do you consider requests from newly established nonprofits?

A: This may vary from site to site.

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Q: Do you provide general operating grants?

A: Outside of the United States, we provide operating support to build nonprofit capacity as well as funding for programs and projects. Within the United States, we support specific programs and projects, but not general operations. Some Employees Community Fund organizations may provide funding for general operations, please check your local grant-making guidelines for specific information.

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Q: Do you fund capital requests?

A: We rarely allocate charitable dollars to fund capital requests in the United States.

Outside of the United States, however, where such needs are greater, we provide funding to organizations for capital items necessary to improve their capacity to deliver services or start new programs. This can include staff training and equipment purchases necessary to program startup or expansion, and only by pre-approval. Well-substantiated budgets generally speed the review process, as will a pre-vetting of the intended project and budget with the local quidelines.

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Q: Are there multi-year grants?

A: Occasionally a site may award a multi-year grant. Periodic progress reports and an outcomes report must be submitted each year.

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Q: Where do I find information on corporate donations and sponsorships?

A: Unlike charitable grants, donations to nonprofit organizations and sponsorships of nonprofit events, programs and projects by our business units and functions are intended to build business relationships and support the Boeing brand, image or reputation.

For more information about business donations and events sponsorships, click here.

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Q: Can you share a copy of a successful grant application?

A: We do not share examples of successful grant applications.

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Q: Do you accept requests for in-kind donations?

A: The availability and variety of surplus equipment, materials and services varies greatly, and not all locations have in-kind donations available. All in-kind donations must align to local guidelines.

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Q: What are the most common reasons an application is declined?

A: There are several reasons we decline applications; most often it is because the request:

  • Falls outside of our guidelines for the types of projects that we support
  • Falls outside of the geographic area we support
  • Does not follow our general grant-making guidelines
  • Is not sustainable without reliance on Boeing Company Charitable Grant funding
  • Is not likely to generate significant long-term impact
  • Is similar to projects we are already funding.

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Q: If we are awarded a grant, are there specific follow-up and impact reports required?

A: Yes. You will be asked to submit a final report at the end of the grant period, which is generally at nine to12 months. The final outcomes report form is completed online. A link to the report will be sent to you several weeks before the report is due.

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Q: May I apply for a grant via e-mail or fax?

A: No. All applications must be submitted electronically.

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Q: If we have already uploaded or faxed a copy of our government charity license (or U.S. 501(c)(3) letter) with proposals submitted in the past, do we need to submit another copy?

A: No. We retain electronic copies of all the documents uploaded to our grant applications and can refer to the original.

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Q: May I submit an application if I am missing some required information (e.g., project budget) and submit the missing information once received?

A: Please only submit your application when you have all of the required information and documentation prepared.

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Q: May I reapply if our application was turned down in the past?

A: If you have been turned down in the past, you may re-apply the following year. We advise that you discuss reapplying with the local representative before submitting a request.

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Finance and funding related

Q: Are we required to have other sources of funding?

A: While a variety of funding sources is not essential, it is viewed as an indication of broad interest in the proposed program. Typically, we are not, and do not seek to be, the sole supporter for programs.

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Q: What size grant should we request?

A: Every request is unique, and every site has prior commitments and strategic priorities to consider. To ensure that your request is practical and within our means, we recommend you review local grant-making guidelines and/or discuss this with the appropriate Global Corporate Citizenship representative prior to applying.

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Q: What should I include in my line-item budget?

A: Requests to support programs or projects must include a line-item budget and a detailed description of how the Boeing funds are intended to be used. Expenses for items that fall outside of our funding guidelines and unsubstantiated line items may be deducted from the final grant amount if the grant is approved.

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Q: If my organization is small and does not have an audited financial statement, what kind of financial information should we submit?

A: In place of an audit, your organization's most recent annual tax filing, profit and loss statement and annual budget may be submitted.

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