If, after a careful review of our strategic priorities and values, you believe that your organization is a strong candidate for financial support, we ask that you submit an online Letter of Inquiry (LOI).

As the initial outline of your proposed ideas and work, the Foundation utilizes the LOI to determine sufficient alignment for funding consideration and “fit” before your organization expends time and energy putting together a full proposal. A successful LOI will provide the following: clear alignment with the Foundation’s mission and values; a sound and thoughtful approach to addressing one of our strategic priorities; and evident indicators that the organization has the capacity to carry out the work. A review may include site visits or follow up questions necessary to make funding recommendations.

Community Investment Grants – $1,000 to $5,000

  • One-stage: Letter of Inquiry submission.
  • Accepted at any time.
  • Within four weeks, advisement of whether funding is approved.

Starting a new $1,000 to $5,000 application or returning to an application in progress?

Community Investment Grants – Over $5,000

  • Two-stages: Letter of Inquiry submission, followed by a more detailed proposal if invited.
  • Accepted on a quarterly basis.
  • Within four weeks, advisement of whether a full proposal is in order and the corresponding due date for completion.
  • The Board approves or declines recommendations at quarterly Board meeting.

Starting a new over $5,000 application or returning to an application in progress?

Grant Application Deadlines

Letter of Inquiry Deadline Proposal Deadline Board Meeting
December 1st January 15th March
March 1st April 15th June
June 1st July 15th September
September 1st October 15th December