GRANT

APPLICATION

PROCESS

We wish to advise prospective applicants that, from start to finish, our application process may take up to five months. Thank you for planning in advance and for your patience.

2020-2021 GRANT CYCLES

Cycle

LOI Deadline*

Notification of LOI Decision

Grant Application Deadline

Grant Announcement + Funds Received

*The LOI deadline ends at 5:00 pm PST

Winter 2020-21

October 30, 2020

Late November 2020

Mid-December 2020

February 2021

Summer 2021 

March 5, 2021

Late April 2021

Late May 2021

July 2021

Winter Cycle

Pending.

Please check back in early Summer. 

1. LETTER OF INQUIRY (LOI)

The first step in our process is to submit a brief Letter of Inquiry (LOI) via our portal. This initial step requires completion of a standardized online application with box/field inputs, rather than uploading an individual letter. The LOI helps The Foundation determine if we would like to learn more about your proposed grant through the submission of a full Grant Application. It also helps our staff evaluate your organization’s eligibility as well as fit with our mission, geographic focus, and priorities. The LOI process is intended to avoid wasting the applicant’s time if their proposal is not in alignment with the funding priorities of The Foundation. All applicants must complete the LOI, including current grantees of The Foundation.

2. LOI DEADLINES

We accept and review LOIs in two cycles annually, listed in the table above. If you submit your LOI outside of these cycles, your application will be reviewed, but remain pending until the next cycle opens.

3. NOTIFICATION OF LOI DECISION/REQUEST FOR GRANT APPLICATION

After review, our staff will notify you via email if you have been invited to submit a full Grant Application or if your request has been declined. An invitation to submit a Grant Application is not a guarantee of funding. It simply indicates the proposal is consistent with The Foundation’s current funding priorities.      

4. GRANT APPLICATION SUBMISSION

If you have been invited to submit a Grant Application, you will receive instructions about how to access our full application via the Grants Portal. Invited applicants will be notified of the final deadline for the Grant Application and will have approximately one month to submit. Click HERE to be routed to the Grants Portal. 

5. GRANT APPLICATION REVIEW

Once we receive your Grant Application, we begin our review process. During review, our team may request follow-up conversations, site visits, or supplemental data to learn more about your organization, its mission, and its impact.

6. FINAL DECISION

Board members make all final decisions about grants. Once we have made a decision, we will notify you. If you have been awarded a grant, you will receive a grant agreement for review and signature. This agreement will also outline reporting and acknowledgement requirements. Once the signed agreement is received, we will process payment of the grant, typically within 30 days. Receiving a grant does not guarantee future funding.

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