STEP TWO: LETTER OF INQUIRY
GAR Foundation is now accepting Letters of Inquiry for 2018 grant funding considerations. The application process will reopen in December, 2017.
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. We now offer a simple online form for LOI submissions. A member of our staff will contact you after we receive your LOI to let you know whether you are being invited to complete a formal application.
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 two years ago, regardless of purpose, you must submit a Letter of Inquiry.
If you received a grant in the last two years and your grant was NOT a final grant from GAR and your current request is for the same purpose, you do not have to submit a Letter of Inquiry. If you are unsure whether your grant was final, please look at the wording of your grant award agreement or contact Jessica Cherok at email@example.com
If your program or organization does not focus on Akron, you are not eligible for funding and should not complete an LOI.
If your program or organization does not fit within our areas of giving, you are not eligible for funding and should not complete an LOI.
If you are an educator applying for the EIG program, you do not need to complete an LOI. Learn more about Educator Initiative Grants.
2018 Letter of Inquiry Deadlines:
To apply for our Jan. 16 application deadline, we must have your LOI by January 4, 2018 by 5pm
To apply for our May 1 application deadline, we must have your LOI by April 16, 2018 by 5pm
To apply for our August 1 application deadline, we must have your LOI by July 16, 2018 by 5pm
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.
Click here to access the online Letter of Inquiry Form
Letter of Inquiry Form