Apply for a Plutus™ Foundation Grant

The RFP period for Fall 2021 is now open. Submit your proposal below.
The Plutus Foundation provides grant money and resources to foster opportunities for the financial media to create, develop, and administer community-based programs that enhance financial literacy, education, and empowerment.
Twice per year, the Foundation makes available two or more grants to members of the personal finance media providing community-based financial education and/or financial literacy programs.

Who is eligible?

The Plutus Foundation awards grants to members of the independent financial media who work to create financial literacy programs in their own community. Members of the financial media, including but not limited to bloggers, podcasters, vloggers, journalists, speakers, and authors, are invited to apply. Educators are also eligible.

We support programs globally, but we focus most of our resources on programs that are based in the United States.

What are the requirements?

Prepare a proposal document that meets all of our criteria. Return to this website and complete the application below and upload your proposal document. Your proposal document must include the following information:

What expenditure are allowable for the grant?

The grant will fund program-related activities such as materials (eg. workbooks, flyers, slides), overhead (eg. vendor table fee, licensing for images, domain name purchase), and other expenses directly related to program creation and service delivery.
Awarded monies shall not be used for staff salaries including but not limited to virtual assistants, website designers, and consultants; entertainment expenses including meals and alcohol; membership in professional organizations, and; more than 50% of travel and transportation costs.
The maximum we will grant to each recipient in this round is $2,000.
If you are unsure if the expenditure you want to propose is allowable, please email Sherrian Crumbley, Grant Manager, at sherrian@plutusfoundation.org.

What are the selection criteria?

All submitted proposals will be evaluated by the grant management team and will be reviewed for mandatory criteria as well as cohesiveness with The Plutus Foundation’s mission. Proposals that are incomplete or do not align with the mission will be eliminated from consideration.
Based on the results of the evaluation, the programs most aligned with the mission of the Plutus Foundation will be selected as the recipients. However, if the committee decides that no proposal sufficiently meets the criteria, no grants will be awarded and the call for proposals will be reissued. If a proposal is selected and is unable to fulfill the contract with The Plutus Foundation, the grant may be terminated and awarded to the next qualified applicant.
Recipients will be notified by email and on the Plutus Foundation’s social media accounts.

What are my responsibilities as a grant recipient?

Grant recipients will be expected to file quarterly reports for the duration of the grant. The quarterly report will include updates on deliverables, an expense report, and any media that can be shared.
As every grant is unique, the Foundation will discuss expectations with every grant recipient. In general, recipients will be expected to recognize the Plutus Foundation as a supporter of the project.
The deadline for the current round of grant applications is September 10, 2021.
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