The Foundation has two grant-making cycles with deadlines in March and September. Please visit Institutional Grant Requests to learn more about each of the Foundation's program areas.
March 1 with final decisions made by our Board of Directors in June.
September 15 with final decisions made by our Board of Directors in December.
We will begin accepting letters of inquiry for the September 2018 deadline in our online portal after July 9, 2018. Please note that the links for eligibility questions and letters of inquiry are currently inactive and you will not be able to access them.
To complete a letter of inquiry or full application, please follow this link Tinker Foundation Inquiry & Grant System to access our online intake portal. We strongly discourage the submission of proposals in hard (paper) copy.
Letters of inquiry will provide a brief description of your proposed project as well as an estimate of the project budget. If there is sufficient interest in your proposed project, you will be able to submit a full proposal through our online submission portal. Instructions for accessing the portal will be emailed to you. Please note that the narrative portion of the proposal must be in English.
The sequence of the application process in the online portal is as follows:
- Eligibility Quiz (to determine if your organization qualifies for support from the Foundation)
- Letter of Inquiry (to determine if you should proceed to a full proposal)
- Full Proposal (only if the proposed project falls within our areas of interest)
If you have questions about the application process or the eligibility of your institution or project, please contact Meg Cushing.