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Please feel free to submit your Letter of Inquiry at any time since they are reviewed in the order they are received.  However, The Templeton Foundation is not currently awarding grants to organizations not previously supported.


Advancing God’s Purpose Through Giving - The Templeton Foundation supports faith-based ministries that both help others come to know Jesus Christ as the Lord of their lives and encourage spiritual growth.  This is accomplished by providing grants to qualified organizations that are classified by the Internal Revenue Service as public charities and tax-exempt under section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.

The Foundation supports:

  • Ministries that encourage a Christian world view as well as stimulate growth in areas of body, soul and spirit.
  • Ministries that have a well-defined sense of purpose, a demonstrated commitment to maximizing available resources, and a track record of delivering quality programs and services.
  • Charitable efforts that inspire excellence and encourage personal Christ-centered growth.
  • Proposals in other areas that, due to particular circumstances, have become of special interest to the Foundation.

 The Foundation does not provide support:

  • To for-profit organizations.
  • To candidates for political office.
  • For deficit financing.
  • To individuals or scholarships.
  • In excess of $15,000 during any calendar year.

The primary focus of support will be to Manatee and Sarasota counties of Florida.  However, requests from other geographic locations will be considered as long as they are from a qualified U.S. based tax-exempt organization and are of special interest to one or more Directors..

The Templeton Foundation looks for projects and/or programs which can serve as catalytic agents for change and continued growth after the specific project or program has been completed. All requests must be well matched to the size and capabilities of the organization making the request.


New requests for support to The Templeton Foundation should be made by Letter of Inquiry rather than with a full Grant Proposal or a request for a personal meeting.  The letter should not exceed two pages and should concisely describe the following:

  • The project or activities for which you are requesting support, your objectives, and anticipated outcomes and implications of the project or activity.
  • The approximate starting date and duration of the proposed activities.
  • List the total budget for the project, the amount of funding needed, the amount requested from the Foundation, and other sources of support.
  • The process for evaluating the success of your project or program.
  • The history and goals of your organization.
  • The organization’s annual budget.
Please include a copy of the organization’s IRS tax-exemption letter.

We review letters on a continuous basis, and they may be submitted at any time during the year. The review process usually takes two months. If your request is time sensitive it is recommended that you submit the proposal as early as possible.

We acknowledge the receipt of all Letters of Inquiry. If you do not receive notification of receipt within one month of sending your letter, feel free to contact the Foundation.

The Foundation considers Letters of Inquiry from nonprofit organizations whose requests fall within the philosophy of giving for The Templeton Foundation. Only after reviewing your Letter of Inquiry will the Foundation consider requesting a Grant Proposal.


Final decisions on Grant Proposals are made by the Foundation’s Board of Directors. You will be informed of the Board’s decision within 2 weeks of the Board meeting at which your proposal was considered.


Please send letters of inquiry to: Development Officer, The Templeton Foundation, 2185 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34237 Office: 941-365-8603 Fax: 941-365-8671