Letter of Inquiry
Prior to submitting a full proposal, it is required to submit a letter of inquiry in order to determine the potential eligibility of the request. The letter of inquiry should include the following information ONLY:
- Description of the organization and the project for which the applicant is seeking funding for. (Keep in mind the Trust does not support general operating.)
- Total cost for the project and a list of other organizations being solicited.
- A list of the organizations board members.
- Contact person
- A copy of the organizations 501(c)(3) certification letter.
If the Trust determines that the proposed project is eligible for consideration then the applicant will be contacted and asked to complete the application for review during the next grant cycle.
There is no deadline to submit a letter of inquiry, however, letter of inquiries will be reviewed at the next board meeting, typically 3-4 weeks after the application deadline. At which time, if the board determines the applicant is eligible for consideration then the applicant will be asked to provide a full proposal to be reviewed at the next board meeting. During this phase a representative of the Trust might ask for a site visit in order to gain more knowledge of the project.
FOR EXAMPLE: If the applicant submits a letter of inquiry in January, the letter will be reviewed AFTER our March 31st application deadline during the semi-annual board meeting in mid to late April. If the board determines the applicant is eligible for consideration then the applicant will be contacted and asked to submit a grant request to be reviewed at the fall board meeting.
To get started, please take our Eligibility Quiz and submit your Letter of Inquiry using our online application form:
Please note that full proposals are accepted by invitation only.
The Board meets twice a year, normally April and October. If you are asked to submit a full proposal the deadline to do so is March 31st and September 30. Late proposals will not be reviewed until the next grant cycle. Only full and complete proposals will be considered.
Although the types of documentation needed for adequate consideration of a project may vary, a full proposal needs to include the following:
- Name and address of the applicant
- Statement of mission
- Overview of programs, services and people being served
- Board of directors & staff
- Current annual operating budget and year-to-date financial statement
Specific information as it relates to the grant request should include:
- The amount of funds being requested
- Brief description of the project and timetable
- Why the project is needed and the impact it will have on the community
- Project budget
If you have been invited by the foundation to submit a full proposal, you must complete your application using our online application form: