General Funding Guidelines

The Dyson Foundation makes grants to tax-exempt public charities described under Section 501(c)3  of the Internal Revenue Service Code. Unsolicited funding inquiries are only accepted through our Mid-Hudson Valley Program, which has additional specific guidelines. We also have very specific criteria regarding faith-based organizations and schools

The Foundation does not accept applications from:

  • individuals;
  • private foundations;
  • fiscal agents; or
  • government units such as fire districts or municipalities, with the exception of projects exploring consolidation or merger (review our Strategic Restructuring Initiative guidelines), or
  • Rotary clubs (whether or not they are 501(c)(3) organizations) and similar service clubs.

We do not make grants for:

The Dyson Foundation's policy on non-discrimination prevents us from awarding grant support to organizations that, in their constitution, bylaws, or practices, discriminate against a person or group because of age, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or religious belief. Grantees, however, may target services to a particular population when the targeted groups require specialized programs to meet specific needs not shared by the general population. 

How to Apply for Dyson Foundation funding.