Top Twelve Things To Avoid

  • Using the wrong application form.

    When you click on the “New Application” button to start your online application process the first thing you will do is take an eligibility quiz. This quiz is set up to route you to the application form that is best suited to your circumstances. Because so much of our funding goes overseas, it is critical for us to understand the relationship of the Overseas Project and the U.S. Tax Exempt Organization and to have full information for the overseas contacts.  All application form types are considered equally.  Example: There is no advantage to filling out the U.S. form over the Fiscal Sponsor form.  However, we are less likely to fund projects that have been submitted on the incorrect form because they will not include all the information we need.  Click here to read up on this before you take your eligibility quiz.

  • Not doing your homework.

    It is important for you to understand our focus interest areas and our grant amount parameters before you decide to apply to the Tyndale House Foundation.  It is a waste of your time and ours if your project focus or the amount of funds you request are not in line with the information you can review on our website.  Please see our funding priorities.

  • Submitting multiple applications.

    Submit only ONE application.You may have more than one project you would like considered.  Instead of submitting separate applications, combine multiple projects into one application. Our staff would be happy to discuss your application with you.

  • Neglecting to notify us of address or personnel changes at your organization.

    The grant submission and review process takes several months.  Proposals are submitted in December.  When decisions are made the following spring we want to be sure to notify the correct people at the correct email addresses.  If a grant is awarded, we want to be sure the check is sent to the correct person and address. If the information you submitted in December changes and you don’t notify us, we have no way of knowing about those changes until an email bounces back or a check is returned as undelivered.  Click here and fill out the form to notify us of any changes.

  • Providing incomplete information in the “Overseas Information” section of the application.

    Each applicant’s situation is unique and the organizational structure and practices of each organization may be different.  Some proposals are written by a development officer in the U.S. and some are written by the person living overseas. In all cases the foundation has a responsibility, which we take very seriously, to get to know the overseas staff and understand their ministry.  You are the main source of this important information.

  • Asking for funding for a multiyear commitment.

    We realize that most projects involve many years of preparation and execution.  You should include the long range background and scope.  However, we do not commit to multiyear funding.  Each year a new application to update us needs to be submitted.  Please be careful to suit the dollar amount of the request to the anticipated need for one year.

  • Forgetting to “Log Out” of your account after each on line session.

    If you do not log out of your account after saving the work you have done that session, the software cannot properly save and protect your data.  It may not be available the next time you try to find your saved document.

  • Setting up multiple accounts.

    You may have more than one person at your organization that prepares applications.  We strongly recommend they work together and set up only one account for the organization. Otherwise you will not be able to easily access all the applications and follow up reports your organization has submitted.

  • Neglecting to record your username and password

    When you set up your account it is important to record and communicate the username, password and security questions and answers to the necessary people within your organization.  You may have a change in staff so it is best for more than one person to have access to the information. Overseas staff may need to have the U.S. Office log in and complete certain parts of the application.

  • Deleting confirmation emails you receive from us.

    Each time you save your application and when you make your final submittal, you will receive a confirmation email.  If there should be any confusion later or a need to track your application, we need the information in those confirmation emails to track it.  We recommend that you print out and save the confirmation email of your final submission.

  • Including information as an attachment that should be entered in the application form.

    The information you enter in the boxes of the application form is transferred directly into our data base fields and becomes a part of your proposal record. This makes it easily accessible to staff and board.  The answers to the specific questions should be entered in the application answer fields. The attachments are supplemental information that we open and review.   Example: If you write “See Proposal Attachment” in one of the answer fields, that is the text the staff and board will see when they review your proposal record rather than the details in the attachment which has to be opened separately.  Proposals which do not have the information accessible from the data fields will not be considered.

  • Being discouraged if we are unable to fund you each year.

    We receive many proposals that we would like to fund.  However, we cannot possibly fund each organization every year.  We are careful to avoid fostering a dependent relationship where the lack of funding from us would be significantly detrimental to your organizational health.  Sometimes Matching Grants can help with this. If you are an organization new to us, it may take a couple of years for us to get to know each other and we probably would not make a large initial grant.

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