Emloyees Community Fund -- General Questions for Grant Seekers

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. If you cannot find an answer to your question, contact the appropriate ECF administrator.

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 CyberGrants online application system using the Employees Community Fund application.

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

A: Your nonprofit must be a U.S.-based IRS 501(c)(3) qualified charitable organization to apply for Employees Community Fund grants. U.S. organizations must have a 501(c)(3)-qualified tax ID number to apply. If you have any questions, contact the appropriate ECF administrator.

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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, and only online.

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

A: No. All applications must be submitted electronically via the CyberGrants online request system.

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Q: What if I have a technical problem once I'm in the CyberGrants application system?

A: If you have a technical CyberGrant 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.

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

A: No. None of the ECF's provides in-kind donations.

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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 where available or contact the appropriate local ECF administrator.

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

A: There are several reasons why the 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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