FAQ – Funding
Q. Does the Astley Family Foundation grant funds outside of Waterloo Region?
A. At this time the Astley Family Foundation is only granting funds in the Waterloo Region.


Q. What is the deadline for submitting applications for funding?
A. The deadline for submitting proposals to the Astley Family Foundation is found on the News section of the website.


Q. How much should an organization request for funding?
A. The amount to request for funding is a decision that must be made by the organization submitting the proposal not the Astley Family Foundation.


Q. What age group does the Astley Family Foundation support?
A. The Astley Family Foundation considers youth to be between the ages of 12 and 25.


Q. Will the Astley Family Foundation consider multi-year grants?
A. Yes, the Astley Family Foundation will consider multi-year grants. However, not all grants will be multi-year.


Q. Will the Astley Family Foundation fund research?
A. The Astley Family Foundation will consider research projects for funding.


Q. Who has the final say in granting decisions?
A. The members of the Board of Directors of the Astley Family Foundation have the final say in granting decisions. However, the Foundation may request additional information and / or advice from different people and organizations in the community.


Q. Will the Astley Family Foundation support capital projects?
A. The Astley Family Foundation prefers to support operating programs not capital projects. In very unusual circumstances we will consider capital projects. If you wish to apply for a capital project, you need to speak to the Executive Director of our Foundation. To do so, go to the Contact Us section of the website to send us an email. The Executive Director will be in contact shortly.


Q. Does the Astley Family Foundation support virtual / on-line programs?
A. The Astley Family Foundation will consider proposals for virtual / on-line programs. All proposals will be considered based on their merit.

FAQ – Process
Q. Can I discuss my application with someone before I submit?
A. You may contact the Executive Director, Jennifer Astley-Kinsey, through the Contact Us link on the website. Please ensure you have reviewed the website before submitting your questions as they may be answered somewhere on the website. In addition, prospective applicants are welcome to contact the Foundation to discuss an idea and whether there is a potential fit before submitting an application.


Q. How are application decisions made?
A. As part of the review process the Astley Family Foundation may consider it necessary to request more information from your organization, clarify information given on the proposal, and / or conduct a site visit. This further investigation does not indicate a positive funding decision nor does it guarantee that the proposal will be funded.
The Astley Family Foundation receives many worthy proposals and cannot fund all of them. Choosing among the proposals is a difficult task, although necessary. The final decision to fund or not fund a proposal is made by the board of directors of the Astley Family Foundation.


Q. How soon will I find out about my grant application?
A. The deadline for submission of proposals is shown on the News page. All organizations that submit a proposal will receive notification that the proposal was received within two weeks of the deadline. Those proposals that clearly fall outside of our granting policy will also be notified in writing by the end February each year. The remaining proposals will all be seriously reviewed and considered. However, some proposals may be declined after a relatively short review process. The Astley Family Foundation will communicate their decision to fund or not fund a proposal by the end of April of each year.


Q. What are the Foundation’s reporting requirements?
A. Details coming soon.

2021 Granting

We are in the process of planning our 2021 granting and it may look different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check back

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