Overseas Application Information

  • Tax Status

  • Eligibility Quiz

  • Overseas Application Forms

  • Fiscal Sponsor Information

  • Information Specifically for Fiscal Sponsors

  • Letter of Relationship

  • Gathering Your Information

  • Apply

Tax Status

Tyndale House Foundation only funds organizations that have United States Federal Tax Exempt Status. On your application, you will be asked to provide your FEIN (Federal Employer Identification Number) which is available on the IRS letter granting you Tax Exempt Status. To view an example of an IRS Tax Determination Letter, click here. Although overseas organizations may have tax exempt status in their own country this does not satisfy the requirements U.S. tax law places on Tyndale House Foundation.

Eligibility Quiz

Every year your application will start with an Eligibility Quiz. The quiz will route you to the correct form and help you determine if your project focus fits within our priorities. At the end of the quiz you may receive the message “Your responses to the quiz questions have indicated that your proposal most likely does not meet our guidelines.” If you feel you have received this response in error you can contact us with questions.

Overseas Application Forms

In order to fund projects all around the work we work with different types of Overseas Organizations. Each type has the appropriate application form tailored to their circumstances. In most cases the leadership overseas will prepare of the application. You will use the Eligibility Quiz mentioned above to route you to the correct form.

  1. A project that is overseas and is implemented by the leadership located overseas which has a U.S. Tax Exempt Headquarters.
  2. A project that is overseas and is implemented by the leadership located overseas which is a subsidiary of the U.S. Tax Exempt Organization.
  3. A project that is overseas and is implemented by an organization located overseas with its own governing board and administration. The overseas organization has a relationship with a U.S. Fiscal Sponsor.

Note: All of these circumstances include leadership that is in the field overseas that works closely with the project. If your project is managed by the U.S. Organization staff but takes place overseas, please read the U.S. Application Information.

In most cases the overseas leadership will be preparing the application for submission.

Fiscal Sponsor Information for Overseas Organization

Tyndale House Foundation may consider a grant request from an overseas organization that does not currently have 501(c)(3) Tax Exempt Status in the United States if the grant application is sponsored by a “fiscal sponsor”. We will allocate grants to such “fiscal agents” only if they accept fiscal sponsorship responsibility.

A fiscal sponsor is a public charity seeking funds for a project compatible with its own mission but implemented by an organization overseas without public charity status in the United States. The Overseas Organization is autonomous, planning and managing their programs and funds.  Their Fiscal Sponsor is their link to funding from the United States.  In some cases they may have tax exempt status in their own county.  This does not satisfy the U.S. Tax Code requirements placed on foundations.

A letter of agreement in which the fiscal sponsor indicates the relationship and a willingness to act for the Overseas Entity is required. In such an agreement, the fiscal sponsor stipulates that the project is compatible with the sponsor’s own mission and purpose, and that the sponsor’s management has agreed to such stipulation. The Overseas Entity agrees to provide all project information and follow-up reports as required.

The fiscal sponsor will receive and receipt any gifts made by the Tyndale House Foundation and will work with the overseas organization on the timely transfer of project funds. The handling of such funds by both organizations should always reflect normal procedures and accounting. In some cases the fiscal sponsor may charge a fee or a percentage of the grant allocated. This fee should be reasonable and applicable only to expenses that might be incurred in the handling of the specific grant. The Foundation may request information substantiating any fees.

Sponsoring organizations should independently investigate their legal responsibilities to be sure they comply with IRS and other U.S. Government regulations pertaining to fiscal sponsorship. For additional information please see Fiscal Sponsorship: Six Ways To Do It Right (http://www.amazon.com/Fiscal-Sponsorship-Ways-Do-Right/dp/1888956070 or http://www.adlercolvin.com/pdf/grantmaking/six_ways.pdf).

Information Specifically for Fiscal Sponsors

You may act as a Fiscal Sponsor for one or more other organizations overseas. You may also have your own project that you would like to submit. Be assured that we clearly track which project is yours and which projects are from the overseas organizations that you sponsor. Your proposal will stand alone and will not be penalized in any way. For your project you will fill out the application form for a U.S. Tax Exempt Organization. The overseas organization for which you act as a Fiscal Sponsor will fill out an entirely different and separate application form. They may ask you to supply some of the necessary information for their application.

Letter of Relationship: Overseas Office and U.S. Tax Exempt Headquarters

Organizations overseas that are the overseas office of a U.S. Tax Exempt Headquarters or a subsidiary of a U.S. Tax Exempt Organization are required to submit a letter from the U.S. Headquarters indicating the relationship and clearly stating that the project is one supported by the Headquarters office.

Gathering Your Information to Prepare to Fill Out Your Application

Download this quick list of items you will be asked to provide on the application. You may want to use this document to collect text to copy and paste into the online application at a later date. This will save you time and also prevent loss of information in case anything happens to your online application.

Download the PDF Versions to view the details of the online application.


After preparing to fill out your application you will need to set up a new applicant account or log in to your existing account. You will access a new Eligibility Quiz and Application on your “My Account Page”. To read more about managing your account and instructions on how to use the application form click here.

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