The application process for all competitive grants begins with a Letter of Inquiry (LOI). 

You can access the online LOI here during open grant rounds.

Before beginning an LOI, all organizations should carefully review the Foundation’s Strategic Framework and Grant Guidelines in order to understand our equity framework and focus areas.

After reviewing these documents, if you feel that your organization’s work aligns with the goals of the Foundation, follow the steps below to complete the online LOI. The LOI must be submitted using our online form. No other format will be accepted.  

Instructions for completing the online LOI follow.

Note: the Foundation strongly recommends organizations download the LOI as a word document first and use it to preview questions and prepare answers that meet character limitations before accessing the online version for submission.

  1. Check the website to make sure the Foundation has opened a grant round. LOIs are only accepted for a two week period at the beginning of each grant round.
  2. Provide all required information and answer every question completely. Note, responses to several questions have character limits. Spaces are considered characters. Organizations are not required to use every available character and the questions can be answered thoroughly without using all available characters.
  3. Submit the completed LOI and wait for the confirmation screen. If you have trouble submitting the LOI, contact Andrea Porter, Grants Administrator, at or (612) 672-8663. The Foundation does not accept supplementary materials of any kind.

Organizations will be notified whether or not they are invited to submit a full application within two weeks of submitting the LOI.

If you have questions that are not addressed in this document, the Foundation’s Strategic Framework or our Grant Guidelines, contact the Director of Impact Strategy associated with your focus area.