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How to Apply

The Foundation accepts Unrestricted Operating Support (UOS) grant requests throughout the year with no deadlines. Applying for a UOS grant (over $25,000) involves a two-step process beginning with a letter of inquiry (LOI).

If the request meets the Foundation’s priorities and interests, the applicant will be provided with the instructions and forms to prepare and submit a formal application.

To gain a better understanding of the Foundation’s funding priorities and interests, please consult the Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) sections of the web site. If, after reviewing the guidelines, there is sufficient reason to believe that the Foundation’s funding priorities and interests are compatible with the needs of the organization seeking support, then a LOI should be submitted.

Please click here to begin the online letter of inquiry process.


Expanding Opportunity Fund (formerly the Small Grant Program) - All requests of $25,000 or less, with strong priority for organizations with annual operating budgets under $1 million

There is no letter of inquiry for the Expanding Opportunity Fund (EOF). After reviewing the EOF guidelines, if the Foundation’s funding priorities and interests appear to be compatible with the needs of the organization seeking support, then an online application should be submitted. Please review the instructions thoroughly before beginning the application process. Click here for instructions and information on how to apply.

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General inquiries to the Foundation staff are welcome. Given the large number of requests, it is difficult to schedule in-person meetings, and phone calls and email inquiries are preferred. We ask that nonprofits refrain from contacting individual members of our Board of Directors.