Applying for a Grant

The Sharifololama Foundation is a small, private grant-maker concerned about the welfare of children and families in the United States. The Foundation focuses its grant-making and other charitable activities on support for orphanages and on positive educational opportunities for children of low-income families. TSF was established to show its concern for children and families and has supported a broad range of projects giving its highest priority consideration to support of the most "at-risk" children. Local community organizing projects and children's advocacy groups are frequent grantees.

The Board of Directors of the TSF awards grants annually. Grants may range from a few hundred dollars to $10,000. The Foundation also works closely with other funders and participates on policy and advisory bodies consistent with the Foundation's interests.

The Foundation supports activities in the following areas:

programs for children, orphans and widows

educational scholarships for ages K-college

support for underprivileged families

The first step in applying to the Foundation is a short letter of inquiry. We review letters on a continuous basis, and they may be submitted at any time during the year. All letters are first reviewed to determine if they fall within the Foundation's Program Guidelines. Those that do not are immediately declined. Letters that are within the guidelines are then reviewed to determine the following:

priority of the proposed activity within the Foundation's goals

impact of the potential results of the activities

availability of the Foundation's funds.

Submitting a Letter of Inquiry

Letters of inquiry should be no more than three pages and should include the following:

a brief statement of the issues to be addressed, the history and goals of your organization, and your organization's involvement with these issues

a brief summary of the activities for which you are requesting support, including an outline of your objectives, and anticipated outcomes and implications

approximate starting date and duration of the proposed activities

total amount of funding needed, the amount requested from the Foundation, and information about other sources of support, both assured and requested.


When a letter of inquiry reflects most closely the Foundation's program priorities, we will request a full proposal. Proposals should be submitted to the Foundation only upon request. Since the Foundation requests more proposals than it can fund, you should not interpret such a request as an indication of likely support. The Foundation accepts the common grant application form of the National Network of Grant-makers, which will be provided.

Often the staff will request additional information in writing from applicants. We might also consult with persons knowledgeable about the proposed activities and we welcome your suggestions as to who might be qualified to assist us in our review of your proposal. Finally, we try to meet with applicants.

Final decisions on proposals are made by the Foundation's Board of Directors, which meets three times a year, usually in winter, spring and fall. You will be informed of the Board's decision immediately following the Board meeting at which your proposal is discussed. If a grant is awarded, you will be asked to sign a Grant Agreement that lays out reporting and other requirements.

Meetings with Foundation Staff

The Foundation welcomes the opportunity to meet with possible grantees. We prefer, however, to postpone such meetings until after we receive a letter of inquiry, in order to determine if a meeting will be useful. If you are planning a trip to our city, send your letter of inquiry a few weeks before you plan to arrive and let us know that you are interested in meeting with us during your visit.


The Foundation makes grants only to tax-exempt organizations with 501(c) (3) classifications from the Internal Revenue Service. The Foundation will not consider requests for endowments, capital construction, general fundraising, deficit financing, or loans. Grants to individuals are considered on a case-by-case basis.

The Foundation does not make grants for research projects or give support to conferences, seminars, media events, or workshops unless they are an integral part of a broader program. The Foundation does not provide support for the production and development of television and radio programming. Please send letters of inquiry to:

Grant Processing Department
Sharifololama Foundation
21500 Calle Del Barco
Malibu , CA 90265



For personal contact on Foundation activities:

Nadine Spracklen - Shari Brown
Grants and Scholarships Committee
Sharifololama Foundation
21500 Calle Del Barco
Malibu , CA 90265



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