Emloyees Community Fund -- Frequently Asked Questions

Employees Community Fund LogoECF is made up of many locally owned, employee-managed funds located at Boeing sites across the globe. Each ECF tailors its grant-making to respond to local community needs. Funding decisions are the sole responsibility of local ECF boards in accordance with the best interests of the community and its membership. Therefore, if you have a question about your grant, refer to the local ECF grant-making guidelines.

Below are some general questions that apply to all ECF's:




Q: How does an agency apply for a grant?

A: Prior to applying, you will be directed to the local grant-making guidelines for the ECF to which you are applying. All grant requests must be submitted via the an online application system using the Employees Community Fund application.

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Q: Who is eligible to apply for grants from ECF?

A: Nonprofits must be U.S.-based IRS 501(c)(3) qualified charitable organizations to apply for Employees Community Fund grants. U.S. organizations must have a 501(c)(3)-qualified tax ID number to apply.

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

A: No. The ECF's do not accept applications that are mailed, emailed or faxed. All applications must be submitted online.

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Q: Does ECF accept requests for in-kind donations?

A: ECF does not accept in-kind donation requests.

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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 for different ECF boards and committees. Please review local ECF grant-making guidelines for more information.

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

A: There are several reasons ECF's decline applications; most often it is because the requests:

  1. Fall outside of the local ECF funding guidelines
  2. Fall outside of the geographic funding area of the local ECF
  3. Are more appropriately funded by another organization, either public or private
  4. Are not sustainable without reliance on ECF funding

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