The Lewis Foundation provides grants in the range of $5,000–$30,000 to educational or service program projects that advance the science of interpersonal relationships. We like projects involving close collaboration between members of two or more professional disciplines. We do not support repeated annual funding or multi-grantor projects unless those funds are already in hand. However, we do support pilot projects that may lead to larger projects to be funded by others.
It is clear in some grant applications that the applicants are essentially requesting funds to pay current operating costs; that is, basic salaries, rent, utilities and other costs of doing business rather than requesting funds earmarked for a specific research project. The Foundation does not fund overhead or administrative costs.
The Lewis Foundation is interested in funding agency program evaluations. We know how vital the programs are to the communities well being, and we encourage your program evaluations with the grants. (See why program evaluations are important.)
Grants are open to nonprofit organizations that qualify as public charities for federal income tax purposes.
Applications should be double spaced in a 12-point font, pages numbered, ideally about 10–12 pages in length (not double sided)–exclusive of brief CVs or resumes– and cover the below requirements. The most successful applications are written with two different audiences in mind: professional reviewers (clinical and developmental psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers) and board trustees (business and community leaders).
- Statement of purpose of the program.
- Background and brief literature review.
- Program description: structure, objectives, methods, time frame from beginning through major steps to completion
- Staffing and administration.
- Relationship to the areas of primary interest of Lewis Foundation.
- Scientific importance of the program.
- Practical or applied importance of the program: who stands to benefit, and how.
- Detailed program budget (click here to see an example of a sample budget with the bare minimum of information needed); indicate clearly what is being requested from Lewis Foundation and all additional funding for this program that will be needed or applied for from other sources. Please identify those sources and the amounts to be applied for, or that have been pledged or received. A clear explanation for each budget item is required. Please do not make the budget an Appendix.
- Plan for program evaluation. Education or service programs must include a scientific program evaluation in order to be considered for funding.
- Plan for dissemination of results.
- Description of applicant’s institution or agency and verification of “public charity” status in the form of an IRS determination letter.
- Identification of at least two individuals responsible for the program who may be contacted for further discussion; include CVs or resumes. (Limit CV’s to 15 pages please)
Once you have incorporated all of the necessary information and are ready to submit you can attach your grant file to an email and send it to Administrator at JMLewisfoundation@att.net by 3 p.m. on the application deadline date.
Your grant application is acceptable in Adobe pdf or Microsoft Word format. Or you can mail four copies of your grant to the Foundation at 6301 Gaston Ave., Suite 620, Dallas, Texas 75214.
We rely on highly skilled reviewers. All are senior mental health professionals with many years of experience as psychotherapists, teachers, and clinical research directors. All have had long involvement with the Foundation and are intimately familiar with its history and mission. Each reviewer independently reads every application and completes a form entitled Grant Application Evaluation. This form directs the reviewer to address the 12 areas of concern listed. The reviewer notes under each category whether the application fulfills this area of concern or falls short in some fashion.
The reviewer records notes concerning the application’s clarity, completeness, and compliance with guidelines.
The degree of fit with the Lewis Foundation mission is indicated.
The reviewer notes whether there is an adequate plan for dissemination of results and the presence or absence of verification of the organization’s nonprofit status.
The reviewer makes a judgment concerning the applicant’s need for funding (that is, does the project entail significant expenses) and the reviewer notes his or her impressions regarding the qualifications of the project staff and the institutional context if such information is known.
We do not routinely request site visits, so this item is often left blank.
The reviewer then makes a written recommendation, either for rejection (with a list of clear reasons for rejection), encouragement of reapplication (with a clear statement of additions or modifications that would improve the viability of the project), or consideration as is by the Board of Trustees for funding. The recommendation for consideration by the board includes the amount of funding the reviewer feels is justified, which is often, but not always, the full amount requested.
The Board Decision
In the “Topics to cover in the application…” section listed above, #4 directs the applicant to address human rights, ethical considerations, and informed consent. University staff will need to provide a letter from their Institutional Review Board noting approval of the grant application project and a copy of the consent form to be used. Staff employed in institutions that do not have an Institutional Review Board should provide a copy of our Institutional Review Board Sample Guidelines with the grant application. This document requires the signature of the project director, the executive director of the organization, and the board chairperson indicating that they have carefully reviewed the grant application and the items listed in the Sample Guidelines and agree that the research project successfully addresses the concerns of feasibility, meaningfulness, human rights, and informed consent. The consent form to be used in the study must be included along with a copy of the Institutional Review Board Sample Guidelines in the grant application.
Consent forms should not be written in “lawyerly” language, but rather should be composed in plain English.
Most studies involve some kind of research questionnaires or other paper and pencil measures. A copy of each such instrument and references supporting the reliability and validity of the measures must be included in the grant application.
A brief description of the applicant’s institution or agency and verification of public charity status in the form of an IRS determination letter is necessary. It is not necessary to include lengthy descriptions about the institution or agency.
Grant Application Deadlines
Grant Application Must Be Received By: To Be Considered by the Board of Trustees:
March 7, 2023 May 2023
July 11, 2023 September 2023
November 7, 2023 January 2024