The following is a list of frequently asked questions:

What is the Leonette Foundation?

The Minnie B. Leonette Foundation, commonly referred to as the Leonette Foundation, is a Nevada non-profit charitable corporation established in 1994. It was created to comply with the estate plan of Minnie B. Leonette, a longtime resident of Nevada.

What is the purpose of the Foundation?

The Leonette Foundation’s purpose is to encourage inventive solutions to problems in contemporary society, with a focus on children and seniors in Northern Nevada. We seek to have a positive impact by offering financial resources to organizations that combine creativity and compassion with dedicated effort.

Does the Foundation make grants to individuals?

No, the Foundation awards grants only to private non-profit organizations and governmental agencies.

What areas does the Foundation support?

The Foundation has a focus on two areas:

1. Aging, Centers & Services: Innovative approaches to improvement in the quality of life for senior citizens.

2. Children & Youth Services: Enriching the health and well-being of emotionally, physically, economically, or intellectually deprived children who might not otherwise qualify for help from the public sector.

How does the Foundation allocate funds?

Grant applications are considered by the Foundation’s Board of Directors, who act electively in determining allocation of funds. Grants are made for new and innovative projects that appear to have the greatest feasibility and significance. The feasibility of a project includes the extent to which the leadership, setting, scale, and design are adequate to achieve its goals. The significance of a project includes the importance of the issues addressed and the potential of the project as a model, as a source of permanent institutional reform, or as a contribution to public social policy.

Are there any geographical limits that the Foundation imposes for grants?

Yes, the Foundation will only make grants for projects that benefit needy children and seniors located in Northern Nevada, specifically Reno, Sparks and Lake Tahoe areas.

How can my organization apply for a grant?

Go to our grant application format page to download an application, or contact the Foundation.

Will the Foundation consider making a grant without an applicant completing the grant application format?

No. The application must be completely filled out, signed by two (2) authorized officers of the applicant, and submitted to the Foundation with five (5) additional copies of the application and its supporting documentation.

What is the time interval between submitting a grant request and the Foundation acting on that request?

The Board of Directors meets quarterly and generally will act upon requests that have been submitted at least thirty (30) days prior to any quarterly meeting.

If the Board approves a grant request, what happens?

The applicant will be notified by letter within a reasonable period of time after the meeting as to any terms and conditions of the approval and will be provided with a Grant Agreement Contract to sign and return to the Foundation. Upon receipt of that contract, the grant will be funded in accordance with the terms of the grant approval letter.

If the Board does not approve a grant request, what happens?

The applicant will be notified by letter within a reasonable time after the quarterly meeting.

How do I contact the Leonette Foundation?


The Leonette Foundation
P.O. Box 33250
Reno, NV 89533

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