Grant Making Guidelines

The Stamm Koechlein Family Foundation is a small private family foundation that provides financial support in the areas of children and education. We make distributions annually to roughly 30 organizations with total giving at more than $270,000. We provide support for ongoing programs, new initiatives, equipment, and collaborations. We will also consider capital campaign gifts during our regular cycle. While our average grant is approximately $10,000, we accept proposals of all types. Before applying, it’s best to contact a Foundation board or staff member to talk through potential funding opportunities. You can reach the Philanthropy Advocate, Alison Zajdel, at or Monica Koechlein, Board President, at  

Eligibility: Organizations must be classified by the Internal Revenue Service as public charities and tax-exempt under section 501 (c)(3). Further, organizations must further the mission of SKFF.

Restrictions: No grants are made to individuals. In addition to funding opportunities in Wayne County, members of the board also have the opportunity to support organizations in their own communities. However, organizations outside of Wayne County must be invited to apply in order to be considered for funding.

Grant Cycle: The board meets one time per year to make grant decisions. The application window is from May 15 – June 30 annually. Applications received outside the posted window will not be considered. 

Amount of Funding: Grant requests range in size, but the average grant falls between $5,000 – $20,000.

Type of Support: The Stamm Koechlein Family Foundation will offer funding in support of general operation, start-up-costs, project support, technical assistance, and capital expenditures.  We also occasionally participate in matching gifts programs.

What we are looking for:

  • SKFF is most interested in programs and organizations that are highly respected within their communities and can demonstrate volunteer and financial support from the community.
  • We wish to partner with organizations to bring about meaningful change in Richmond.
  • SKFF is interested in organizations and programs that fit within our mission to build family values and create assets for the community. We believe that assets are not just buildings but the people residing within the community.
  • Our goal is to support programs that help young people achieve their highest potential to become contributing citizens within their communities.
  • We encourage and support collaboration among our grantees to maximize resources in sustaining programs and achieving outcomes.
  • Organizations that can leverage our support with funding from additional sources are looked on favorably.

Does your nonprofit meet these guidelines? If so, you can access our application online HERE! Those NOT located in Wayne County who have been invited to apply by a board member can access that application here: Non-Wayne County Invite-Only Application.

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