STEP TWO: LETTER OF INQUIRY
Submitting a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) is a necessary step prior to applying for a grant. An LOI is similar to a mini-proposal which is used to collect critical information about your project. LOI’s have their own specific submission deadlines based on each application period. In response to your LOI, we provide guidance as to whether or not you should submit a formal grant application. We provide a simple downloadable form to help you collect the necessary information to submit an LOI. A member of our staff will contact you after we receive your LOI to let you know whether you should complete a formal application.
We strongly encourage you read this important update from GAR before submitting an LOI to us.
Determine if your organization needs to submit a Letter of Inquiry by answering these questions:
If you are a new applicant to the GAR grant process, you must complete an LOI before submitting a full application.
If you are a previous applicant or grantee but have a new project or concept for our consideration, please complete an LOI before submitting a full application.
If you received a grant award from GAR more than five years ago, regardless of purpose, you must submit a Letter of Inquiry.
If you received a grant in the last five years, and your current request is for the same purpose, you do not have to submit a Letter of Inquiry.
If you are applying for the EIG program, you do not need to complete an LOI. Learn more about Educator Initiative Grants.
If you are applying for a Capital Grant, you do not need to complete an LOI. Learn more about Capital Grants.
Download a Letter of Inquiry Form and send the completed form via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2017 Letter of Inquiry Deadlines:
To apply for our Feb. 1 application deadline, we must have your LOI by January 9, 2017
To apply for our May 1 application deadline, we must have your LOI by April 10, 2017
To apply for our August 1 application deadline, we must have your LOI by July 10, 2017
To apply for our Nov. 1 application deadline, we must have your LOI by October 9, 2017
GAR staff reviews inquiries every week, so no need to wait until the LOI deadline to inquire. The established LOI deadlines are designed to give potential applicants time to receive feedback on their concept prior to investing significant time in completing a full application.