Giving Process

Building Community Grants

We support the idea that no matter what community we work with, we should build that community up to its maximum strength and potential. Whether we work within an international community of medical researchers, a national community of arts organizations or an inner city residential community, we should foster the brightest, strongest ideas of how to build our community to be the best it can be.

The Joy McCann Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant proposals. Our Building Community Grants program constitutes our responsive grantmaking and is centered around a two-step process.

Step 1: Eligible Organizations only submit a letter of inquiry on the proposed project or program.

How to Submit an LOI

Step 2: Those inquiries that appear to fit our funding criteria and priorities will be invited to submit a full proposal.

Full Grant Proposal Guidelines

Responsive grants may be requested for amounts from $10,000 to $15,000.

Only Eligible Organizations may apply for grant support. These are organizations that were chosen by Hugh F. Culverhouse, Sr. preceding his death as those he wished to be potential benefactors of his foundation. Visit our Eligible Organizations page for a listing.

If, based on the letter of inquiry, the project appears to match our funding criteria and priorities, the applicant may be invited to submit a formal grant proposal. An applicant should not submit a formal grant proposal until such an invitation is received.

What We Fund

Programs for which traditional funding may be difficult to obtain (ie, new projects, test programs)

Projects that allow organizations to operate in a more environmentally sustainable manner

Advancements, technical and otherwise, that allow an organization to provide services on the forefront of their field and become a source of expertise to others

Multi-partner collaborations

Programs that encourage individual and community health

Areas of greatest recipient organization priority

Programs or projects promoting scientific solutions to community issues

What We Do NOT Fund

General operating support for ongoing activities

Special Events

Loans or debt retirement

Capital Construction


Annual appeals, federated campaigns, general fund drives or sponsorships

Projects or organizations whose policies or practices discriminate on the basis of ethnic origin, gender, race, religion, or sexual orientation