Using the Foundant Software
All AAWGT grant applications must be submitted electronically using our Foundant software.
1. Start Your Application Early
We encourage you to start your application well before the deadline so there is time to ask questions or to locate all necessary information.
2. Internet Browsers
You must have access to Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, or Mac Safari browsers. Foundant does not support Internet Explorer; do not use it. You may download any of these browsers for free from these links:
Safari (Mac only)
3. Creating a User Account
The first step is to create a user account on Foundant. From the log in page, click on the link “Create New Account.” Enter the information requested on the “Register” page and click “Proceed to Next Step.” If your organization has an account from the previous year, please continue to use that account; do not create a new account.
Please note each organization may only have one user account even if there will be multiple persons using the account. The software tracks Employer Identification Numbers (EIN) and will not allow more than one account per EIN to be created. If you need the account transferred to a new email address because a person has left your organization, please let us know so we can create a new account for you.
In selecting the email address for the account, please keep in mind that it should be the person who will be responsible for not just the application, but also all grant follow-up reporting should your organization be awarded a grant.
4. Forget Your Password?
If you forget your password, you may have a reminder sent to your email address. From the log-in page, click on “Forgot your password?” Then enter the email address associated with your online account and click “Send Reminder”. You will receive an email containing the password from "email@example.com". This reminder may take from 5-30 minutes to be sent. Check your junk or spam email if you don’t receive the email within that time frame.
5. What if I Have Questions?
If you should have questions while completing the application, please email AAWGT’s Foundant Help Desk at GrantAppHelp@givingtogether.org. Please include your phone number and allow up to 24 hours for a response.
6. Tips on Using the Foundant Software
When you are logged on and working on your application, the software will automatically save your work. If there is no activity for 40 minutes, the system will save your work and automatically log you off.
The software will inform you if you do not enter information in a “required” field (designated with an asterisk). When you click the “next page” button, you will be notified if you have forgotten to fill out a required field. You will need to provide input for required fields before you can advance to the next page.
You can copy and paste narrative passages from Word documents into the application.
Until you electronically submit your application, you may edit your answers as often as you like. However, once your application is electronically submitted, you cannot change your answers or submit additional information.
It is important that accurate and complete information be provided. However, should you discover that incorrect information was inadvertently submitted, please contact the Software Help Desk at GrantAppHelp@givingtogether.org
7. A Note on Calculating Character Count
Each of the answer fields on the application has a limit on maximum characters. If your answer exceeds that limit, you will not be able to block and move your narrative to that field. In counting your characters, please note spaces and punctuation also count as characters. To save space, you may use only one space between sentences if you wish. The software will let you know if you have reached the character count limit.
8. The Deadline is Firm
Grant applications must be submitted online by 11:59 pm on Friday, January 31, 2020. You will receive an email acknowledgement when you have successfully submitted your application.
9. Uploading Supporting Documents
In certain sections of the grant application you are asked to upload supporting documents. Use the “Upload a File” button on the screen to choose a saved file on your computer and upload it into the application.
The software also has a “Fax to File” function that converts hard copy documents to digital format. After signing in, choose the “Fax to File” option at the top of the page and follow the instructions. You will need access to a fax machine in order to use this option.
To upload your budget information, first click on the template link and download the spreadsheet form to your computer. Then open the form, fill it in, and use the “Save As” function, giving it a name that relates to your application. Then use the “Upload a File” button in Foundant to choose the saved file and upload it into your application.
10. How to Print
To download a list of application questions ONLY (no responses), click on the “Question List” button at the top right.
Once you have completed your application, click on the “Application Packet” Button at the top right to download the full application, including attachments. To print only the completed application, be sure to choose “Print From pages 1 – X” on your print screen.
The Document Viewer” button includes all of the attached files. They can be individually viewed, downloaded, and printed from your computer.
11. Information and Assistance in Completing Your Application
Be sure to attend the Grant Applicants’ Workshop and Software Tutorial even if you have applied for a grant before – there is always new and helpful information provided. The workshop will be held on Wednesday, January 8, 2020, at 9:30 a.m. - 11 am at Anne Arundel Community College. See Call for 2020 Grant Applications (in menu at left) for full information. The handout materials that were presented at Workshop can be accessed here after January 8.
Our webpages Grant Proposal Guidelines, Application Process for 2020, and Section by Section Application Guidance are helpful and are in the menu at the top left of this page.
12. Still Have Questions?
Contact our ‘Help Desk’ at GrantAppHelp@givingtogether.org Please include a telephone number. Assistance is available beginning in December but may be delayed during the holidays. After January 8, you may expect assistance within 24 hours.