Grantmaking FAQs

Q: Do I need to contact the foundation prior to submitting a Letter of Inquiry?

A:  No. If you are confident that your project fits within the priorities of a particular foundation program, you may complete the online Letter of Inquiry form without discussing your project with foundation staff. 

Q: How long does the application process take and/or how soon can I expect a response from the foundation?

A:  As a general rule, you can expect a response to your Letter of Inquiry within 45 days, although some proposed projects require more time to scrutinize. You will receive an automated email response to your Letter of Inquiry. If your project is accepted for a full proposal, you can expect a response within 90 days after submission of a full proposal, budget, and supporting documents.

Q: Can a for-profit organization apply for a grant?

A: In some instances the foundation provides consulting contracts to individuals or firms.  These awards are most often for commissioned work.  Unsolicited proposals from individuals or firms are not accepted.

Q: May I submit a Letter of Inquiry if it does not include Texas in its scope?

A:  Projects must be skewed to the state of Texas in order to be considered for funding. In rare cases, projects that are regional or national in scope with direct involvement in or impact on Texas will be considered.  

You may submit a Letter of Inquiry only if you can thoroughly demonstrate (with specific activities, strategies, or outcomes) that your project will directly and immediately impact Texas and it fits within the foundation’s program priorities. 

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