What types of organizations does the Alden Trust support?
The Trust supports independent colleges and universities with fulltime traditional undergraduate enrollments of at least 1,000 students and with a total undergraduate and graduate student population (full time equivalents) of under 5,000 in the six New England states, New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. It also supports independent secondary schools in the immediate Worcester area, a group of Trust determined educationally related organizations in the immediate Worcester area, and YMCAs located in Massachusetts.
Does the Alden Trust ever make grants outside its traditional focus areas?
Occasionally at year end the trustees make a number of unsolicited grants to Worcester organizations whose work is important to the community yet whose focus does not fall within the Trust’s specific areas of interest. In such cases the selected organization does not make application to the Trust. Receipt of such a grant is confirmation that the organization is not eligible to submit a proposal for the Alden Trust’s regular grant making process.
How does the Alden Trust define a full time student?
A full time student as defined by the Alden Trust is a student who is degree seeking, takes the preponderance of his or her courses at the school's primary campus, and is enrolled for the number of hours or courses the school considers to be full-time attendance.
Does the Alden Trust support individuals?
The Trust supports only tax-exempt, non-profit organizations. The Trust cannot support individuals.
What kinds of projects does the Alden Trust support?
With respect to institutions of higher education and independent secondary schools, the Trust typically supports capital projects for academic purposes. The Trust currently favors capital projects related to teaching and learning technology in general and to the sciences in particular.
Support given to YMCAs is usually for capital projects.
Grants provided for educationally related organizations in the Worcester area focus on occasional capital project support.
What higher education projects are not considered for funding?
The Trust does not usually support regular ongoing administrative operational/programming expenses or student life programs. In the area of capital support the Trust does not ordinarily fund religious, administrative, athletic facilities or student union facilities.
Does the Alden Trust make multi-year grants?
Does the Alden Trust make challenge grants?
The Trust does make challenge grants (typically one Alden dollar to three matching dollars).
Ordinarily, the match must be met in full within 18 months.
Does the Alden Trust make partial payments on challenge grants?
The Trust only pays when the challenge is met in full. The Trust makes no interim or partial payments.
If an applicant is awarded a challenge grant, will the amount granted be different than if the application requested an outright grant?
How does a prospective applicant contact the Alden Trust?
By mail: George I. Alden Trust Attn: Warner S. Fletcher, Chair 370 Main Street, 11th Floor Worcester, Massachusetts 01608
By telephone: (508) 459-8005 Trustees are regularly in the office Monday through Thursday mornings.
The Trust looks for: a grant purpose consistent with the interests of the Trust; responsible leadership and management of the institution; an effective and timely implementation plan for the proposed project; a history of balanced institutional operating budgets; positive trends in institutional performance; benefits to greater rather than limited numbers of students, clients, or users; and how the project, if funded, would make a difference at the institution. See "Application Guidelines."
What if the applicant has multiple proposal ideas to submit for funding?
It may be beneficial for a prospective applicant in this circumstance to discuss the options with an Alden Trustee in advance of submitting an application. Email your options to the Trust if you would like guidance regarding which has the greatest chance of success.
Does the Alden Trust make site visits to applicant or recipient institutions?
Trustees occasionally visit applicant and recipient institutions.
Does it help for representatives of the applicant institution to visit the trust?
Visits to the Trust are not required. Such visits, however, are frequently useful to applicants in refining their proposals and to the Trustees in gaining a clearer understanding of the institution seeking support. This is especially the case with institutions or institutional leaders who are previously unknown to the Trust.
How is a grant proposal submitted to the Alden Trust?
A discussion with a Trustee concerning eligibility and mutual interests in advance of submission may be beneficial, especially if the institution is a new one to the Trust. Only one copy of the application and any supporting documents should be sent. See "Application Guidelines."
Does the Alden Trust accept any of the common proposal forms?
Does the Alden Trust accept proposals by e-mail?
What size grants does the Alden Trust award?
It is helpful to prospective applicants to review the recent grant history of the Trust to determine an appropriate range of request for a particular application. Normally, colleges and universities that are first time applicants should anticipate a grant of up to but not more than $100,000. Applicants should not look to grants made to the three named beneficiaries for guidance.
What are the deadlines for submitting proposals?
Proposals must be received by the fifteenth day of February, May, August and November. It is advisable to submit applications in advance of the deadline, in case the Trustees desire additional information. See "Application Guidelines."
When will an applicant learn of the Alden Trust's decision?
Applicants are typically informed by the end of the month of the applicable distribution meeting (for example, by March 31 for the February 15 application deadline).
What are the Trust’s reporting requirements of successful applicants?
The Trust typically requires a report on the funded project at some appropriate time following completion of the project. There is no grant completion report form. The Trustees are interested in the implementation timetable, the impact of the completed project, and the final budget.
How soon after receiving a grant or the announcement of a challenge grant may an institution apply again?
An applicant may normally apply three years after the first payment of a successful grant, but no sooner than one year after the final payment unless otherwise stipulated. If a challenge grant is made and accepted where the successful match takes significantly longer to achieve than the stated time frame for achieving the match, the Trust may delay any possible new approach to the Trust to three years following the notice of achieving the match.
If an application is denied funding, when may the applicant submit another proposal?
An unsuccessful applicant may normally submit another proposal after one year.
George I. Alden Trust 370 Main Street, 11th Floor Worcester, Massachusetts 01608 Phone: (508) 459-8005 Fax : (508) 459-8305 firstname.lastname@example.org