Grants and Partnerships FAQ
Please make sure to read our granting criteria in addition to the following FAQs if you are an organization thinking about applying for a grant through ODW.
What are the different types of grants that ODW gives?
There are three main types of grants that ODW gives.
- Micro-match: ODW matches the first $2,500 raised during a weeklong fundraising campaign hosted on our site for your project.
- Matching Grants: Matching Grants are a larger and more extended fundraising campaign where ODW matches a portion of the funds raised for your project. These grants are typically broken up as 50/50 grants, meaning ODW matches the first half of the proposal amount that is raised. The majority of our grants are done as a matching grant.
- Full Grants: These grants are lump-sum grants given at the discretion of the ODW Board of Directors. This is almost exclusively reserved for small CBOs based in the country of operation.
How do I know which kind of grant my organization or project qualifies for?
In short, you don’t. If you have a preference, please list it on your grant application. Our Board of Director will decide which grant to issue; the size of your organization and your donor engagement plays a major factor in our decision on which grant to issue.
What is the first step in applying for a grant?
The first step is to registered a profile and then submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) here.
How long will it take to know if my LOI was approved?
You’ll receive a response within 4 weeks.
If my LOI is approved, how long do I have to submit a grant application?
We ask that grant applications be submitted no longer than 2 months from the time of the approved LOI.
If my LOI is not approved, can I reapply?
We ask that organizations wait at least 6 months before submitting a new LOI.
If my grant application is not approved, can I reapply?
We ask that organizations wait at least 6 months before submitting a new LOI to start the process over.
How long will it take to know if my grant application is approved?
We will give you an answer within 3 months of receiving your application, assuming we are able to get all the information from you that we need.
If my grant application IS approved, how long before the funds are disbursed?
It depends on what type of grant we issue. If we approve a Full Grant, then funds will be disbursed no more than 2 weeks after we receive a signed MoU.
If we approve a Matching Grant or a Micro-match Grant, then funds will be disbursed 2 weeks after the full project amount is raised through the online campaign. Micro-match grants last for 1 week, so funds are disbursed within 3 weeks of the start of the campaign. Matching Grants last for 3 months, but some have been funded in as little as 1 week, while others take the full 3 months.
If I’ve already received a grant from ODW, how long do I have to wait to apply for another grant?
You are welcome to submit a new LOI after you submit your 1 year follow-up report from our first project.
Once my grant is disbursed, how long do I have to submit proof of usage (not limited to, but including photos, video, written documentation of project progress) to ODW?
Althought projects must have a timeline of completion no longer than 1 year post-funding, we ask for an update 12 months post-funding and 24 months post-funding. A reporting template will be provided with the grant application to ensure your organization can meet our requirements. Our reporting requirements include a mix of qualitative and quantitative questions, along with requirements for photos, beneficiary stories, and budget actuals.