FAQ

Who is eligible for a grant?

For-profit ventures and individuals are not eligible.

Only not-for-profit organizations with current IRS 501(c)(3) designation are eligible for grants (check IRS status here).

Organizations who function under the “umbrella” of another 501(c)(3) organization are eligible for granting with adequate documentation of relationship. All finances and charters must go through the parent organization to be qualified for funding.

We have funded many types of non-profit organizations and generally prefer smaller, grass-roots groups with local appeal and the support of volunteers. We generally do not fund salaries or building projects.

How do I apply?

If qualified an organization should download and fill out a copy of our Summary Checklist, gather required supporting documents (tax ID, board of directors, current financial statement) and mail to our address at US Bank in Joplin, Missouri.

When are applications accepted?

We can only accept applications by mail between January 1 and July 1 each year.

Due to the overwhelming number of applications we receive, and the amount of work it takes to process and prepare for the annual meeting, we must ask those applying for grants to respect the necessity of the July 1st deadline.

When are grants awarded?

Grants are awarded at the annual meeting of the Timmons Foundation board in early October. Notification of grant funding is given to all applicants within a month of the meeting.

We appreciate the patience of those who seek grants for their organizations as we are a small group of volunteers and try our best to announce grant application status in a timely fashion.

What do I do if my application was accepted or rejected?

Accepted: If your organization’s grant was awarded in any amount the IRS requires you to report to the foundation how the money was spent in a timely manner. Send us a status report when the money is spent or by June of the year following the grant.

Rejected: As our funds are limited we cannot give to all qualified groups, nor do we make multi-year commitments for funding. We receive many more applications than we can possibly fund.

If your organization meets all qualifications and still is not awarded a grant you may apply for a grant the following year.

Where can I get more information?

Bess Spiva Timmons Foundation
U.S. Bank Private Client Group
P.O. Box 8
Joplin, MO 64802-0008