How to Apply

Two Steps, One Goal


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Step 1: Submit a Letter of Inquiry

In order to submit your Letter of Inquiry, you’ll need to first download the Letter of Inquiry Overview. This document answers any questions you may have, and lists the attachments you will be required to submit with your letter.

Follow the instructions below to navigate our online application system. Be sure to save your work periodically, as the application form will not auto-save your work. Review your Letter of Inquiry thoroughly before submitting it — while you may view or print it at any time, it cannot be edited after submission.


New Organizations:

If you believe your request meets the eligibility criteria as outlined on this site,  you may then register for a user name and password, which will give you access to our online grants management portal. Here, in addition to submitting your Letter of Inquiry you may, upon becoming a grantee, subsequently file reports and review your grant history.

Once you are logged into the portal, you will need to complete your Organization Profile and Personal Profile. You then simply click on the “New Proposals” icon to begin your Letter of Inquiry.

Returning Organizations:

Use your existing login information to access your account in our Grants Management Portal. Once you’ve logged in, begin the LOI submission process.

Please update your account and notify the Foundation if there are any changes regarding your organization.

Small Capital Needs Requests:

To apply, please first review this link to the Small Capital Needs Grant Application Overview.

Step 2: Submit a Proposal

After your Letter of inquiry is reviewed, you will be notified as to whether you are eligible to submit a full proposal. At that time detailed instructions will be provided by foundation staff. We regret that we cannot fund every worthy request that we receive.

The Foundation’s goal is to make the grant process as manageable as possible for prospective grantees. If you have any technical questions regarding the application, please visit our FAQ page. We also invite you to direct questions and feedback about the application process to Dominique De Leon.