THE JOHN M. O’QUINN FOUNDATION

2022 GENERAL INFORMATION AND GRANT REQUEST GUIDELINES

ABOUT THE JOHN M. O'QUINN FOUNDATION

John M. O'Quinn (1941-2009) established The John M. O’Quinn Foundation (the "Foundation") in 1986. With his death in 2009, Mr. O'Quinn bequeathed his entire estate under his will to the Foundation. From its inception through March 31 2022, the Foundation has awarded more than $148 million in grants, most of which have been awarded within the State of Texas with a special emphasis on the Houston area, Mr. O'Quinn's home since his youth. Although the Foundation supports a wide variety of charitable activities, in honoring Mr. O'Quinn's legacy, the Board of Trustees has continued the Foundation's predominant focus of support in the Houston and surrounding areas for education, health, environment, medical-related projects, and programs benefitting underprivileged youth.

The Trustees of the Foundation are Robert C. Wilson III, Michael J. Lowenberg, David A. Ott, M.D., Anette Edens, PhD and W. Jeffrey Paine. Please direct all inquiries to Mick Pritchett, Director of Foundation Services, at (713) 871-5860. or alternatively, to Shannon Alfonso, Executive Assistant, at (713) 234-7601.

2022 TRUSTEE MEETINGS AND GRANT REQUEST SUBMISSION DEADLINES

First Quarter Regular Trustee Meeting: March 29, 2022

    Grant Submission Deadline: February 1, 2022

Second Quarter Regular Trustee Meeting: June 28, 2022

    Grant Submission Deadline: May 2, 2022

Third Quarter Regular Trustee Meeting: September 27, 2022

    Grant Submission Deadline: August 1, 2022

Fourth Quarter Annual Trustee Meeting: December 13, 2022

    Grant Submission Deadline: November 1, 2022


GRANT SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
 
Grant requests will be considered only from (i) tax exempt organizations described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (the "Code") and further classified as a public charity, that is, an organization which is not a "private foundation" within the meaning of Section 509(a) of the Code, or (ii) governmental units described in Section 170 of the Code.  However, grants will not be made to any public charity classified as a type III supporting organization which is "not a functionally integrated type III supporting organization" within the meaning of Section 4942(g)(4)(A)(i) of the Code.
 
The Foundation does not make grants or loans to individuals or foreign charities or to directly or indirectly support candidates for political office or influence legislation.

Submissions are accepted by mail only. Electronic submissions will not be considered. Please do not send videotapes, DVDs, or CDs, and do not send the proposal in a folder or binder of any kind.

The Board of Trustees meet quarterly to consider grant request submissions.   

The following information should be included when submitting a grant request (including requests for events):
 
1.   A cover letter on the organization's letterhead that includes physical and mailing addresses signed by the chief executive officer (e.g., President, Executive Director) that includes a brief history of the organization, the mission statement, a description of the need for and the intended use of the grant as well the amount of money needed.   If there is a challenge or matching grant in existence to which the requested grant relates, please provide the details.  Also, if your organization has previously received funding from The John M. O’Quinn Foundation, please include the amount of funding received and dates.
 
2.   A copy of the organizational budget for the current year and the next year (if available) and a budget for the specific project to be funded.
 
3.   A listing of the sources of financial and/or in-kind support for the project or program to be funded, noting funds received, awarded/pledged, pending and planned to be submitted.
 
4.   A current list of the Board of Directors or other governing body along with the percentage of total support coming from the Board of Directors as well as the percentage of Board of Directors that contributes to the organization, and to the program to be funded.
 
5.   A copy of the organization's most recently filed Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Form 990.
 
6.   A  copy  of  the  organization's  latest  year's  audited  financial  statements  and  a  copy  of  the
organization’s most recent interim financial statements.
 
7.   A copy of the exemption letter from the IRS evidencing that the organization is an institution described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (the "Code") and is not a "private foundation" within the meaning of Section 509(a) of the Code.
 
    a. If the organization is a supporting organization, identification of the type of supporting organization and a written representation that the organization is not classified as a type III supporting organization which is not a "type III functionally integrated supporting organization" within the meaning of Section 4942(g)(4)(A)(i) of the Code.  If the organization is a supporting organization, additional information and/or documentation may be required.
 
8.   Letters of support (preferred). Please include 2-3 letters of support from Board members, volunteers, donors, etc.
 
Please note: Only one copy of the requested information is required.  No proposal will be reviewed until all of the required documentation listed in (1)-(8) above has been received. Incomplete applications will not be accepted or processed. 

Please address your grant request to:
 
Mr. Robert C. Wilson III, President
THE JOHN M. O'QUINN FOUNDATION
19 Briar Hollow Lane, Suite 100
Houston, Texas 77027
 
 
The Board of Trustees is responsible for the final approval of each grant. Since the Foundation receives grant requests far in excess of its ability to fund, only a small portion of requests can be approved.  A decision not to fund a proposal does not necessarily reflect on the merits of the applicant-organization or the value of the proposal.
 
As mentioned above, all  inquiries  should  be  directed  to  Mick Pritchett  at  (713)  871-5860  or mick@oquinnfoundation.org. or alternatively, to Shannon Alfonso, Executive Assistant, at (713) 234-7601 or shannon@oquinnfoundation.org.
 
VISION

Honoring Mr. O'Quinn's legacy, the Foundation's predominant focus reflects his lifetime of support in education, healthcare, environment and the lives of underprivileged youth in Houston, Texas and the surrounding area.
THE JOHN M. O'QUINN FOUNDATION: P.O. Box 27501 | Houston, Texas 77227
713-871-5860
THE JOHN M. O'QUINN FOUNDATION

John M. O'Quinn (1941-2009) established The John M. O’Quinn Foundation (the "Foundation") in 1986. With his death in 2009, Mr. O'Quinn willed his entire estate to the Foundation. As of March 31, 2021, the Foundation has awarded more than $148 million in grants.  Most of the funds have been given within the state of Texas with a special emphasis on Houston, Mr. O'Quinn's home since his youth. Although the Foundation supports a wide variety of charitable activities, i...