GVF Community Support Grant Application Information


The Global Vitiligo Foundation is providing grant applications that encourage programs that benefit individuals with vitiligo, emphasizing grassroots, community-based programs.  The goal is to stimulate the development of programs in the vitiligo community that increase disease awareness, support individuals with vitiligo and caregivers, improve patient care, or benefit people with vitiligo in other ways.


$10,000.00 each year is allocated to this grant program.  Typical awards will range from $100.00 to $1,000.00 (direct costs only) but are contingent upon the availability of funds and receipt of sufficiently meritorious applications.  Proposals will be considered individually, with the intent to award community-based initiatives likely to make a positive impact as noted in the purpose above.


Currently, only organizations established as 501(c) 3 in the United States are eligible to apply. The program leader must be personally and actively responsible for the conduct of the proposed project.  If that grant is awarded, it will be granted to the established 501(c)3 organization only.  Both the applicant and the sponsor must sign the application.

  • Must be incorporated in the United States as a 501(c)3 or partner with a 501(s)3 organization*. Proof of incorporation or partnership will be required at the time you submit your application.
    • The organization must have a mission that supports one of the following:
    • Provide Vitiligo support, care, or education.
    • To advance Vitiligo treatment options.
    • Find a cure.

*Vitiligo support organizations may apply through and be sponsored by an established organization that is incorporated as 501(c)3. If that grant is awarded, it will be granted to the established 501(c)3 organization only.  The applicant must supply a signed letter from the sponsoring organization agreeing to act as the sponsor and follow the policies of the grant.


  • Call for applications: February 3, 2023
  • Close applications: March 3, 2023
  • Announce grant recipients: April 30, 2023
  • Distribution of checks: Early June 2023


Reviewers will be asked to base their evaluations on the criteria below:

  • Relevance to vitiligo
  • Innovation
  • Strategy is well-reasoned and appropriate to accomplish the aims
  • Ability of the program to accomplish the aims
  • Potential problems, alternative strategies, and benchmarks for success are presented.


The Most Successful Proposals Will Clearly Articulate:

  • How the project aligns with the mission of the Foundation.
  • Why the project is considered innovative.
  • What methods will be used to achieve the project’s aims.
  • How the project will change lives.


Within 30 days of completing the approved project, the grantee is required to submit a written report summarizing the outcome(s) of the program.  If an approved project cannot be completed as originally proposed or within the time limits mandated, the grantee must immediately contact the GVF program administrator.



Meet the criteria listed above.


  • Recipients are expected to utilize the grant in a manner that is consistent with the charitable purposes for which the Global Vitiligo Foundation is organized, and the specific goals listed in the application.
  • Within 30 days of the completion of the project for which the grant was awarded, the recipient must provide the Foundation with a final report describing the recipient’s accomplishments and detailed accounting for the grant funds received.
  • Recipients must provide receipts or other grant-related documentation at the time they submit their final report.
  • If the Foundation determines that any part of the Grant has been used for improper purposes and the recipient has previously diverted Foundation Grant funds, the Foundation will withhold further payment until the three conditions of the preceding sentence are met and the diverted funds are in fact recovered or restored.
  • Funds received from the Foundation must be deposited in a bank account that is solely dedicated to the incorporated 501c3 and not into a personal account.
  • If an approved project cannot be completed as originally proposed or within the time limits mandated the grantee must immediately contact the GVF.
  • Funds must not be used for basic administrative or overhead expenses including utilities, staffing, office space, or services paid for by the recipient for the benefit of the recipient.
  • Funds must not be used for the purchase of alcohol or other legal or illegal drugs.
  • Conflicts of interest must be reported in the application. Example #1 – Using grant dollars to pay for vitiligo books made by one of the group members.  Example #2 – Using grant dollars to hire a band or DJ that includes members of your group or family members of group members.
    • Reporting conflicts of interest does not necessarily mean that GVF will deny that part of the request.


The application should follow the following format:  a minimum of 0.5-inch margins and a minimum of 11-point font size, single-spaced, with a maximum of 8 (eight) pages. The document must be uploaded as a PDF.  To learn how to make a PDF from Microsoft Word, click here. For a quick and easy process for combining PDFs, click here.

    1. Include the program title
    2. Project leader’s name
    3. Support group name and chapter
      1. Chapter leader’s name
    4. Contact information including phone number and email address
  1. SUMMARY: Summarize the proposed projects in 175 words or less.
    1. Project’s significance with respect to vitiligo.
  1. PROJECT DETAILS (500 words max):
    1. Include specific aims (the goals of the project should be succinctly stated-what do you intend to accomplish?)
      1. Use the SMART goals framework for establishing goals.
    2. Provide background and significance – why is this project important and how will it help people affected by vitiligo?
    3. Describe the project design—how will it be executed, how will you measure the project’s impact, and how will you know it was successful?
    4. Provide a detailed timeline for the project. Include the needed steps, people required, other resources needed to accomplish the step, date to start, and date to end.
    1. Each project is limited to $1,000 for one year (direct costs* only).
    2. Provide a budget summary, including a concise statement of how you propose to allocate funds (amount and for what purpose).
      1. If you are requesting a grant for multiple projects, please draft a budget for each project.
    3. Travel costs are not allowed.
    1. This is not a requirement for submitting your application. If you have partners or collaborators, we recommend you add a letter(s).
    2. Applicants may use this space to provide letters of support from collaborators or supporting people/facilities/resources who will contribute to the proposed project.

*Direct Costs

Direct Costs are those which can be identified specifically with a particular sponsored project, and which can be directly assigned to such activities, relatively easily and with a high degree of accuracy.  For example, the supplies needed for a group picnic are easy to identify, as are the expenses of purchasing books for distribution.

Indirect Costs (Facilities and Administrative Costs)

Indirect Costs are costs incurred for a common or joint purpose benefitting more than one project, and not readily assignable to the cost objectives.  Such costs are not directly allocable to one specific project because the indirect costs support multiple projects.  For instance, space rentals or electronics.