The May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust supports organizations that offer opportunities to children and youth; elders; the disabled and critically ill; and disadvantaged adults and families which enrich the quality of life, promote self-sufficiency, and assist individuals in achieving their highest potential.


Please note, as of January 1 the Trust focuses grant making in the Western United States: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

The Trust funds organizations that provide direct services to individuals. It is particularly interested in supporting organizations that strive to achieve a long-term, sustainable difference in the lives of the people they serve. For example, an organization that offers a comprehensive set of services (such as job training, substance abuse rehabilitation, financial literacy, etc.) designed to break the cycle of poverty for individuals fits within the Trust’s priorities; an organization that provides services (such as emergency shelter or meals) to meet immediate needs typically does not.

Interested applicants must first submit a letter of inquiry online. There is no deadline for LOI submission. Typically, applicants will hear from a staff member within a month. Selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal and will receive proposal guidelines at that time.


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