How to Apply

Thanks for your interest in the James R. Thorpe Foundation. As you consider applying to the Foundation, please review our Giving Priorities page. There is strong need for philanthropic support in our priority areas, and unfortunately, we are unable to consider requests that fall outside of our priorities.


Youth applications due June 15, 2022

Senior applications will be accepted in 2023

The Thorpe Foundation accepts requests for funding via its online application system, where applicants enter information into forms and upload documents. Applications will be accepted through 11:59 PM on the due date.  

Click here to start a new request for funding or return to an application in progress (opens in a new window)

Tips for Navigating the Thorpe Foundation’s Online Application System

Getting Started: Creating an Organizational Profile

  • Log in and create a user name and password. Please do not create a new profile if your organization already has an account.
  • If you don’t remember your password, click forgot password and the system will email your password to the email address on file.
  • Enter your organizational and contact information.

Entering Your Request for Funding

  • Review all of the questions before beginning the application. Use “the print questions option” to preview all the application questions.
  • Remember all questions with an asterisk are required.
  • Save often! The system will “time you out” after 40 minutes of inactivity and your data will not automatically be saved.
  • The proposal does not need to be completed in one session and can be edited until you formally submit your request for funding.
  • Once you’ve submitted your application for funding, you may view it but you can not edit it.

If you have problems with the application system, contact  Please allow 1-2 business days for a response to your inquiry.