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Please note:

Currently, the C. Louis Meyer Family Foundation is only accepting

applications from previously funded organizations.

The C. Louis Meyer Family Foundation and staff carefully monitor the needs of our grantee organizations

as well as the general needs in the communities we support. Although we would like to continue to consider

funding proposals from new organizations and new programs, we have determined that for now it is important for

us to continue to focus on supporting the work of those organizations we have funded for many years.


Past funding, although providing eligibility to apply, is not a guarantee of future funding and organizations

are asked to limit their request to $5,000 and under unless otherwise directed.  


Our Board of Directors will re-visit the funding guidelines regularly, and when any

changes are made, the website will be updated accordingly.

C. Louis Meyer Family Foundation Guidelines


The C. Louis Meyer Family Foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations - classified by the Internal Revenue Service Code as 501c3 - that provide services in the areas of Education, Community and Civic Affairs, Health, the Arts, Religion and our Youth.

Grants will tend to be made to smaller organizations located in areas where our trustees reside which include but are not limited to the Sandhills area of North Carolina, South Carolina and the Greater Chicago-land area.

Grants are made for specific programs and projects as well as capital needs. Financial support is usually dispersed in smaller donations to various organizations instead of large donations to just a few.  In general, we do not support:

Individuals / Political activities or lobbying / Ads in charitable publications / Purchase of special event tickets / Seed money for new business / Start-up organizations


A solicited application is necessary at this time. Unsolicited applications are currently not  being considered.

Online applications are preferred.  Applications may be entered at anytime, however, applications must be submitted by October 31st to be considered. Online applications received after October 31st of the current year will not be considered for the current grant cycle.


If an online application is not feasible a paper application may be downloaded. The Foundation will accept a mailed in copy of the Chicago Area Grant Application available from the Donors Forum of Chicago.  Paper applications are only accepted beginning August 1st and must be postmarked no later than October 31st to be considered.

Proposals should be addressed to:


Foundation Administrator

C. Louis Meyer Family Foundation

3180 Ronan Dr.

Lake in the Hills, IL 60156

Send one copy only, and please include the following:

Documentation of Federal tax exempt status

Summary of need and intended use of funds.

History of organization

List of Board of Directors

Annual report if available

Last financial statement

List of principal contributors and dollar amounts




Applications are considered and decided upon during the Foundation's annual meeting

on or around March 15th of each year.

Decision letters will be mailed out the month of April.


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