Grantmaking guidelines & procedures

Areas of Interest & Geographic Limitations

The Bydale Foundation’s domestic geographic areas of interest are Westchester County, North Carolina, and Massachusetts, or those with a nationwide focus. Within these geographic areas, the foundation provides support for programs in the areas of the environment, social justice, women’s rights, grassroots advocacy, performing arts, and poetry. The foundation also provides grants to human rights, peace advocacy, and environmental organizations in Israel. Please note the foundation does not fund social service programs in Israel.

Unsolicited proposals for organizations outside these areas are not accepted. Even for organizations in these areas, awards are extremely competitive and only a very small percentage of Inquiry Application Forms are funded.

Application Process

Organizations seeking funding must complete the one-page Inquiry Application Form. The form is due August 1 and should be emailed to When August 1 falls on a weekend, the form is due the following business day.

You may address any questions to:

Christine O’Donnell
(646) 855-1011

The Foundation regrettably cannot provide grantseekers with individualized advice on preparing their Inquiry Application Form, but the Foundation provides both general operating grants and funding for programs. The Bydale Foundation office will contact the organization if an Inquiry Application has been favorably reviewed and a full proposal is requested.

Grant awards and declinations will be mailed in late December.

Please do not contact the office about the status of an Inquiry Application Form.