The foundation approaches the grant process in two stages:
- The Letter of Inquiry (LOI)
- The Full Grant Application
Strategic funding partners must first submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) to initiate the grant process. This will provide the foundation basic information about your organization's need and the project/program you are seeking a funding partner to complete. The LOI will be reviewed by foundation staff and our Board Officers. If the project/program fits the foundation's mission and gifting focus, your organization will be invited to submit a full grant application that will be reviewed by our entire Board of Trustees. Decisions about full grant applications are provided to grant seekers on a quarterly basis in March, June, September, or December.
Current or prospective strategic funding partners are asked to adhere to the application process as delineated above. Attempts to bypass the process may affect the outcome of your request. Although the foundation is managed by a volunteer Board of Trustees and a professional staff, we ask that you please respect the privacy of these individuals.
Please note: The 80/20 Foundation Trust will only honor ONE Letter of Inquiry per organization, per grant cycle. To view our Grantmaking Schedule, click here.
The foundation believes that it is important to measure how our strategic funding partners are meeting their goals of successful grant applications. Foundation representatives will both request to visit strategic funding partners, as well as ask successful proposals to submit final grant reports.
Please note: It is imperative that a final grant report from a previous grant award be submitted to the foundation before a strategic funding partner may approach the foundation for a new or renewing grant.
Below are examples of what you can expect to see with the LOI and application if your organization passes the eligibility quiz along with the acceptance of your LOI. To begin the process, please visit our application portal below.