Letter of Inquiry

Please submit your inquiry in English.

Please note that we are no longer accepting letters of inquiry for our March 30, 2018, deadline. 

If you are interested in submitting a proposal for our September 15 deadline, please submit your letter of inquiry after July 9, 2018.

We recognize the intensity of effort required to prepare a complete grant request and, therefore, require potential applicants to submit a letter of inquiry prior to developing a full proposal. We suggest that letters of inquiry be submitted at least two to three weeks in advance of the deadline to allow time for consultation and collaboration with a program officer.

Our online portal for accepting letters of inquiry requests the following information from potential appplicants:

  • basic information about the organization,
  • primary contact information,
  • a project title,
  • an executive summary of the project, and
  • an estimate of the amount requested.

Proposal deadlines are March 30 and September 15 for the spring and fall funding cycles, respectively. These dates represent the deadline by which a full proposal must be received.

Beginning in 2018, the Foundation will accept letters of inquiry and full proposals through an online system that you can link to below.  Applicants will need to respond to a set of eligibility questions, and if the organization meets the screening criteria, you will receive an email permitting access to the portal.

Please link to the Tinker Foundation Inquiry & Grant System to begin your inquiry.