STEP TWO: LETTER OF INQUIRY
GAR Foundation is now accepting Letters of Inquiry for 2019 grant funding considerations. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
2019 Letter of Inquiry Deadlines:
To apply for our May 1, 2019 application deadline, we must have your LOI by April 8, 2019 by 5pm
To apply for our August 1, 2019 application deadline, we must have your LOI by July 15, 2019 by 5pm
To apply for our December 2, 2019 application deadline, we must have your LOI by November 4, 2019 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