John Templeton Foundation’s Character through Community Program

Deadline: 11-Jun-21
The Character Virtue Development department at the John Templeton Foundation invites proposals from organizations that seek to strengthen their understanding and practice of character development through communities of practice.

Funding Areas

  • Science
  • Character Virtue Development
  • Individual Freedom and Free market
  • Exceptional Cognitive Talent and Genius
  • Genetics
  • Voluntary Family Planning

Funding Information
There is no “right amount” to request, but their reviewers do consider the “return on investment” as a key decisioning criterion. Generally, they do not plan to invite proposals that request funds less than $50,000 USD or more than $3 million USD.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Anyone whose organization meets the criteria identified in the Character through Community Request for Proposals is eligible.
  • Non-U.S. organizations can also apply
  • They welcome proposals from a wide range of organizations. They anticipate a significant majority of the awardees will have a 501(c)(3) nonprofit status or an equivalent international nonprofit status.

Selection Criteria
External reviewers, as well as John Templeton Foundation’s internal staff, will consider the following criteria when reviewing OFIs:

  • Alignment with RFP objectives: Have you clearly stated how the proposed work aligns and furthers the objectives laid out in the RFP call?
  • Detailed project plan: Have you provided a detailed project plan?
  • Highly qualified and well-positioned project team: Does the project team have the necessary experience and connections? Are you organized as a community of practice? Does your community of practice represent a diversity of perspectives and experiences?
  • Anticipated impact: If you are successful, what is the likely significance of the proposed project? How will the world change as a result of your success (i.e., as described in the outcomes)? Please clearly describe your anticipated outcomes and outputs.
  • Cost effectiveness: Is the proposed work cost effective?

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