About the Proposal Submission Process

Proposals are accepted annually. Requests for 2023 grants will be accepted between February 1, 2023 and midnight Friday May 12, 2023. The submissions are carefully reviewed by the board of directors during the months of May and early June, with the awards distributed by July 1.


You may download the Proposal submission process for 2023 here. We request that you create your proposal in the format which best suits you then submit it in either:

  • Portable Document Format (PDF)(preferred method)
  • Microsoft Office types (Word and/or Excel)

This is in keeping with our green initiative.

To help you with the process, we have created an example application which you may download here.

How to Submit a Proposal

We prefer that you send your proposal to the board as an attachment by email with a follow-up copy of the cover letter only sent by U.S. Postal mail. You may submit your full proposal by US Postal Mail as an alternative, with an email alerting us that the proposal is on it's way. UPS and Fed Ex will not ship to a post office box.

E-Mail Submissions (preferred method)

We accept e-mail submissions to the address: rfp_submissions@worthington-family-foundation.org . You may submit multiple e-mails should of the size of the attachments exceed a server limit. If you need to do this, please number them in the subject line.

If submitting by email, please send us the cover letter by U.S. Postal mail as a confirmation.

Postal Mail-In

You may mail RFP's directly to the Worthington Family Foundation at:

Worthington Family Foundation
c/o Nan Worthington
P. O. Box 4311
Traverse City, MI 49685

Should you be sending your application by postal mail, please send us an email to rfp_submissions@worthington-family-foundation.org to alert us a proposal is coming by postal mail.


We will send a confirmation email to the stated address in your cover letter within three weeks of submission. Please contact us should you not receive a confirmation.

Grant Reporting

We require an annual Grant Reporting Form be submitted. Grants reports are due by May 20th of the following year and every year thereafter until the funds are exhausted. The report will give us a brief update of how your funds are being used and where you are in the process when funds were requested. We require that you use our form.

The form is available here in both Microsoft Word and Adobe PDF formats.