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Grant Process

Applications are submitted online. The first step is the submission of a Letter of Inquiry (LOI). Your LOI will be reviewed by the Committee responsible for that grant program to determine whether the proposed effort fits sufficiently within Our Mission and Program Goals to merit further review. If so, we will invite you to submit a full application. Once we receive the full application, we might call to schedule a site visit. The Committee evaluates applications based again on relevance to Program Goals and its annual budget. Committees are comprised of family members and community leaders.



We schedule site visits with many organizations from whom we have invited an application. A site visit should take about an hour. A member of staff, or sometimes a Committee Member, will stop by. There is no formal agenda and no need to prepare a special presentation. Please remember, we are not experts in your field. We just want to get to know you and have a conversation about your work and the application. We may have questions or need clarification about the application. It would be great to have the lead staff contact and/or board member available to meet with us.

If your organization is awarded a grant, we will require a report so we can know more about how your project went and learn for future grant-making. The grant reports are available on our online grant system.

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