Making a Difference One Life at a Time

Funding Guidelines and Eligibility

The Lillis Foundation is interested in projects — often in the early stages of development — with a realistic, achievable funding plan and a compelling impact. But, unfortunately, we can't assist every endeavor.


Only organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and/or classified as a public charity under IRC Section 509 (a)(1),(2) or (3) are eligible for grants.

What We Won't Fund

Generally we will not consider funding requests for:

  • Ongoing operating support
  • Endowments or reserve funds
  • General fund drives
  • Debt retirement
  • Sponsorship of fundraising events
  • Capital campaigns
  • Religious organizations for religious purposes
  • Propagandizing, influencing elections or legislation