Stipends will once again be available to attend Foundations on the Hill (FOTH) in 2012. Foundations on the Hill is an annual event co-sponsored by the Council on Foundations and the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers for grantmaking and regional association representatives to meet with their members of Congress to promote the important role philanthropy plays in serving the public good. The upcoming FOTH will take place on March 21-22 and includes training sessions and meetings with members of Congress.
Each stipend will cover up to $1,200 in travel and hotel costs associated with attending Foundations on the Hill. Registration fees will also be waived for all stipend recipients. A stipend recipient’s regional association will also receive a $300 award to continue public policy and advocacy efforts in the state.
To apply for a stipend, an applicant’s organization must be a member of either the Council on Foundations or a regional association of grantmakers and must be a first-time attendee of FOTH. Community foundation representatives must also be compliant with the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations. Preference will be given to next generation leaders (ages 40 and under), minorities, and to representatives of foundations that meet one or more of the following criteria:
- Applicant’s foundation has assets less than $25 million
- Applicant’s foundation is located in a underrepresented area (see stipend guidelines for details)
- Applicant’s foundation is located in a rural area (see stipend guidelines for details)
- Foundation location in a House Ways and Means Committee member’s congressional district, a Senate Finance Committee member’s state, or the district/state of a House/Senate leadership member (e.g., the Majority Leader)
Awards are limited to one person per foundation and are non-transferrable to other foundations or foundation staff. Due to limited funds and anticipated demand, the stipend award may not be able to support all eligible applicants.
More information about the stipend program is available at www.foundationsonthehill.org/stipendprogram.asp
The deadline to submit applications for the stipend is Friday, December 16, 2011 and award recipients will be notified by Friday, January 27, 2012. To apply please fill out the application form and return it to Chatrane Birbal at the Council on Foundations via email or fax (703-879-0889).