Next Letter of Inquiry deadline: June 9, 2017 (for November 2017 meeting). Email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadlines for letters of inquiry:
(For the April 18, 2017 meeting, December 9, 2016)
(Proposals will be requested January 13, 2017)
For the November 14, 2017 meeting, June 9, 2017
Proposals will be requested July 6, 2017
Deadlines for invited proposals:
(For the April 18, 2017 meeting, February 3, 2017)
For the November 14, 2017 meeting, July 27, 2017
PLEASE NOTE: There are only two grant cycles in 2017
Applying for a Grant
All inquiries and grant requests should be in writing and addressed to Executive Director Hugh Hogan. If you wish to apply for a grant, you must first send a letter of inquiry (LOI) summarizing your request, including the dollar amount of the required funding. The LOI must precede the submission of a full proposal (see instructions under granting criteria). The van Ameringen Foundation staff will contact those organizations selected to submit a full proposal and schedule a site visit.
A letter of inquiry should be about two pages incorporating the following:
1. A description of the activity and the need it serves
2. A statement of why the agency can do it
3. The dollar amount for the request
4. Your proof of 501(c)(3) status
A full proposal should incorporate the following elements:
1. Cover Letter. This summarizes in no more than two pages what is being requested, the
objectives and significance of the proposed program and the major activities planned.
2. Cover Sheet shows:
Date of application
Name of contact
Name of organization, address, and phone with the extension number, and e-mail
Purpose of the proposal in two paragraphs (or less)
Amount of the request
Total project budget and future funding plans, if applicable
Total agency-wide organizational budget for current year and year previous
3. Proposal. The proposal itself should not exceed five pages and may be shorter.
It should include:
- a detailed description of the program design and what is to be accomplished during the proposed grant period
- a statement of the qualifications or capabilities of the organization to carry out the proposed project
- a description of how the project will be evaluated
- a budget noting all planned expenditures, sources of income, anticipated income, and plans for future fund raising for the project, if applicable
4. Additional Documentation. Each proposal must be accompanied by a copy of the Internal Revenue Service letter indicating tax-exempt (501c3) status; also the most recent financial statement (preferably audited); a current organizational operating budget; a list of directors and officers of the organization; and the latest annual report. Applicants may also include relevant publications or news articles.
Decisions on grants are made by the Board of Directors of the Foundation, which meets two to three times each year to consider grant proposals—typically in March, June, and November. Note: There are only two grant cycles in 2017.