Grant application process

Frequently asked questions

Funding nonprofits that promote personal growth and community development

Grants are awarded only to organizations that attest that they do not discriminate by race, ethnicity, creed, religious affiliation, gender or national origin. Grants are not generally awarded to: individuals; advertising, ticket events or dinner programs; political causes or candidates; endowments or capital campaigns.

General information & eligibility requirements

  • What types of organizations are eligible to apply to the Foundation?

    The Maximus Foundation does not accept unsolicited applications. Past grantees remain eligible for consideration and need not submit an application.

    Maximus employees who have donated to the Maximus Foundation in the past calendar year may nominate an eligible organization for consideration. Maximus employees wishing to do so may contact the Maximus Foundation.

    Nominated nonprofits will receive a personalized link to an application. We strictly require a 501(c)3 determination letter, audited financials from within the past two years, and alignment with the Maximus Foundation's mission.

  • What are the funding priorities for the Foundation?

    We support three primary focus areas in our grantmaking:

    Youth and Children Development: Priority is given to programs that serve disadvantaged or low-income youth. Program areas may include but are not limited to:

    • Child Abuse Prevention and Supportive Services

    • Child Hunger and Nutrition Services

    • Enrichment and Education Programs

    Community Development: Support is given to programs that focus on community development and redevelopment through supportive services to low-income households and communities. Program areas may include but are not limited to:

    • Homelessness Prevention and Supportive Services

    • Veterans Supportive Services

    • Jobs and Training Programs

    Healthcare: Support is given to healthcare programs that promote access and services to low-income individuals and families, including but not limited to programs that support:

    • Physical and Developmental Disabilities

    • HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care

    • Chronic Care

  • Are there specific geographic boundaries?

    The Foundation supports IRS-registered, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organizations in the United States that extend the mission of the company and share our commitment in helping disadvantaged populations and underserved communities.

  • Does the Foundation award grants for capital campaigns, endowment funds, special events or to individuals?

    Grants are not considered for individuals; advertising, ticket events or dinner programs; political causes or candidates; endowments; or capital campaigns.

  • What is the average grant size?

    There is no steadfast rule as to how much the Foundation may award an organization.

  • Does the Foundation award grants for general operating funds?

    Yes, the Foundation may make an award for general operating funds. Grant fund use will be discussed between the Foundation and the nonprofit at the time of the award.

  • Does the Foundation provide continuous or “multi-year” funding?

    In an effort to ensure the broadest response to the needs of our communities, the Foundation will award an organization only once a year.

  • Does the Foundation provide emergency funding support?

    The caring and compassionate staff here at Maximus have a history of coming to the aid of individuals and families who are the victims of natural and other disasters. During those difficult times, the Foundation has organized special collections and raised funds for disaster relief initiatives.

  • When are grants awarded?

    The Foundation makes annual awards during the spring each calendar year.

Application process

Past grantees

  • If I am awarded a grant, are there specific guidelines for submitting interim and final grant reports?

    Organizations that are awarded a grant will be provided an online impact report. Grants will be awarded in the spring of each calendar year. Impact reports will be due by December 31 of the corresponding year. 

    For grants awarded prior to July 2019:

    • Spring grants have an impact report deadline of January 31 of the following year. For instance, grants awarded in spring 2018 have a report deadline of January 31, 2019.
    • Fall grants have an impact report deadline of August 31 of the following year. For instance, grants awarded in fall 2017 have a report deadline of August 31, 2018.

    If you are a past grantee and wish to submit your impact report, you may do so by completing the impact report (Word doc) and emailing it to

  • What does the Impact Report entail?

    The Maximus Foundation Impact Report (Word doc) requests information about the effects, if any, from your Maximus Foundation grant. Questions include:

    • Outputs: How many individuals/populations were served? Where? For how long? did you change the use of the funds? If so, why and what was done?
    • Outcomes: What challenges did you face? What successes did you experience? Please attach and annual report if available.
    • Looking Forward: As applicable, describe any plans for moving forward. What, if anything, will you do differently? What are the organization's two most significant financial challenges and how are you planning to address them?
    • Stories of Impact: Please share a personal story of success. We work to share the success of our grantees with the public, our Company, and our partners.

Maximus employees