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Are the Bishop and Parker Foundations two separate foundations?

In 2022, the Edward E. and Lillian H. Bishop Foundation and the Mary E. Parker Foundation were legally consolidated as the Mary E. Parker Foundation doing business as the Bishop-Parker Foundation.

When are requests for funding considered by the Foundation?

Grant applications are considered twice each year – in Spring and Fall cycles.  No requests are considered outside of the application cycles.  The opening and closing dates of these cycles are listed on our home page.

Who should I contact to discuss a grant proposal/application?

If you have a question or would like to discuss a possible proposal, please use the contact form to connect with Wendy Deming, the Foundation’s CEO or email her directly at wdeming@bishopparkerfoundation.org.

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What does the Foundation fund?

The Bishop-Parker Foundation will only consider funding for:

  • Organizations with missions in the following field of interest areas:
    • Arts
    • Education
    • Environment
    • Health
    • Human services

Note: Grants for animal welfare organizations are referred to the Bishop SPCA Foundation

  • Grants of $15,000 or above – any requests below this amount are referred to the Bishop-Parker Fund at the Manatee Community Foundation
  • Organizations with a 501c(3) status (except eligible government or educational units serving a charitable purpose)
  • Organizations or projects that serve residents of Manatee County (with the exception of research projects)
  • One application per organization per year for the same purpose
  • Capital projects that have required land use approvals
  • Education projects for at-risk K-12 students

Bishop-Parker Foundation will not fund the following:

  • Projects that exclusively serve religious purposes or require participation in faith-based programming
  • Grants to individuals
  • Debt reduction
  • Political campaigns or lobbying
  • Annual or endowment campaigns
  • Event sponsorships
  • Team or sport travel

When are grant payments made?

Notifications to all applicants are sent to the organization’s designated email contact following the Foundation meeting approving grants for the cycle.  This is usually 3-4 months following the grant application closing date.

If funding is denied, will the Foundation provide an explanation?

Due to the high volume of requests, we are unable to provide detailed explanations. However, we encourage you to consider applying at subsequent grant cycles.  The grant process is competitive, and a request may be denied due to funding restrictions

When can I apply for a grant of up to $15,000?

Applications for grants of up to $15,000 may be made at any time. The grants are administered by the Manatee Community Foundation on an ongoing basis.



How do I know if my organization is eligible to apply?

  • Your organization must have a 501(c)(3) designation.
  • Your project must be located in or serving a population in Manatee County.
  • Your organization must have an up-to-date profile with The Giving Partner
  • Your funding request must exceed $15,000 (Bishop-Parker Foundation funding requests of $15,000 and below are reviewed on an ongoing basis by the Manatee Community Foundation).