Letter of Inquiry
We accept inquiries throughout the year. Please note that the Foundation does not fund individuals, scholarships, direct services, or international projects.
Applicants must submit letters of inquiry through the Foundation’s online application system. Letters of inquiry that are not submitted through the online application system will not be considered.
In order to submit a letter of inquiry, the applicant creates an account and completes the online letter of inquiry form. The letter should contain facts and figures about the organization, describe its mission and explain the purpose of the request, including the Foundation program under which a grant is being requested. Please read the Letter of Inquiry Content Guide below before making your submission. If you have started an online letter of inquiry and need to return to it, go to this link.
Once a letter of inquiry arrives at the Foundation, our staff determine whether the proposed project fits the Foundation’s funding guidelines. Please read the program guidelines carefully before applying. Our staff respond to letters of inquiry within 30 working days letting the applicants know whether they will be invited to submit a full proposal.
Letter of Inquiry Content Guide
Each letter of inquiry should include the following information
- The organization’s official name and contact information;
- A brief (250 word maximum) summary of the organization’s mission and recent work history;
- The organization’s Tax Exempt Status and Tax ID # (or that of your fiscal sponsor);
- The total amount of the organization’s budget, and if applying for a project grant, the total amount of the proposed project budget;
- An indication of the amount and type of support - general or project - being requested. General support funds are used to advance a grantee organization's general mission and to pay expenses incurred in conducting its non-profit activities. Project grants can only be used for specific activities described in the proposal and approved by the Foundation.
- A narrative description (2000 words or less) of the problem(s) to be addressed by the proposal; the work to be performed and accomplished; and a description of how the proposal fits a designated aspect of the Foundation's program guidelines.
To begin a new LOI online submission, click here.
To return to an LOI already in progress, click here.
Scheduling LOI Submissions
LOIs are accepted on a rolling basis. If, after review, a full proposal is invited, applicants will be assigned a deadline according to the following schedule:
January 10, 2014
October 11, 2013
May 16, 2014
February 14, 2014
September 12, 2014
June 13, 2014