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 Letter of Inquiry 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.
  • Our Board approves or declines recommendations at the quarterly Board meeting.

Tip: We advise you submit in advance of the deadlines below in case you encounter unexpected obstacles submitting your application.

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

Grant Application Deadlines

Board Meeting Letter of Inquiry

Submission deadline is

5:00 p.m.


     Submission deadline is

 5:00 p.m.

March December 1 January 15
June March 1 April 15
September June 1 July 15
December September 1 October 15