Advance Approval of Grant-Making Procedures


Grants to individuals must be made in accordance with procedures approved in advance by the Internal Revenue Service. To secure such approval, a private foundation must demonstrate in its request for advance approval that:

No single procedure or set of procedures is required. Procedures may vary depending upon such factors as the size of the foundation, the amount and purpose of the grants, and number of recipients.

Approval is based on an evaluation of a foundation's entire system of standards, procedures, and follow-up. Hence, separate approval for each grant program is not required. Once obtained, such approval applies to any subsequent grant program of the foundation if the procedures under which it is conducted do not differ materially from those described in the original request for approval.

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