Sample Letter of Inquiry to a Foundation
The Foundation Name
City, State Zip
Attn: (Recipient Name)
Re: (Name of Project or Grant)
Dear: (Recipient Name)
The XYZ organization is a private nonprofit agency that has taken the lead in providing
temporary shelter for young "street people" in ABC city. I am writing to see if you would consider
a proposal to expand the employment and counseling services available to these youth.
Our organization currently operates four shelters serving 75 young people each night. This is an
increase of 30 percent from last year. Our major goal is to convince these young people to seek
some form of additional education, to become employed, and, where appropriate, to return
We believe our chances of accomplishing this would be improved by a person working among
the shelters who could direct our residents to the alternative education, employment, health and
mental health counseling services available throughout the city. Your foundation has expressed
a special interest in the coordination of services to young people. We hope that you will give our
project further consideration.
The other community services involved have pledged their cooperation. They agree that a major
problem in reaching these young people is the "in-take" process and that this can best be
initiated at our shelters. We estimate the cost of this project the first year at $ ____, of which $
_____ will be provided by the cooperating agencies. We would like you to consider a proposal
for the remainder. If we can prove that our service is effective, we would qualify next year for
some of the demonstration funds available through ___________ agency.
I will be calling shortly to seek an appointment to discuss this project. Ms. _____ of DEF
agency, one of your past grantees, will be accompanying me. She is helping in the design of
In the meantime, would you please mail me your application guidelines and any instructions for
preparing a completed request. A copy of our 501(c)(3) letter is attached.
Source: Getting Funded: A Complete Guide to Proposal Writing, by Mary Hall.