Your first step toward a grant

Process summary

The Foundation accepts Letters of Inquiry (LOI) on a rolling basis and reviews them weekly. Nonprofits may submit a LOI when they are ready to do so without any restrictive Foundation deadlines.

The maximum length for an LOI is three (3) pages. LOIs will be reviewed only if three (3) pages or less.  LOIs exceeding three pages will not be considered.

The Foundation will confirm receipt of each LOI within 30 days. Then, within another 45 days, the grant applicant will receive notification either that the LOI was declined or that the applicant is invited to submit a full grant proposal.

LOIs may be submitted by e-mail, fax, FedEx, or regular mail. If the LOI does not follow the suggested format, it will be returned for corrections. E-mailed LOIs must also follow the suggested format and include two electronic signatures. If you cannot provide this in a Word document, you may scan the signatures and send as a PDF or fax the LOI.

So what are we looking for?

Your specific Letter of Inquiry is determined, first, by the type of grant:

General Operating Support
General Operating Grants fund the overall operating costs of an organization. A General Operating Grant is not restricted to a specific program. The Weinberg Foundation makes grants to meet basic needs and promote economic security. The Foundation supports direct service organizations with proven track records.

pdf General Operating Support LOI (pdf) 93.33 kB

Program Support
Program Support grants are restricted to a specific program within an organization. The Weinberg Foundation makes grants to meet basic needs and promote economic security. The Foundation supports direct service organizations with proven track records.

 pdf Program Support LOI (pdf) 93.28 kB

Capital Project
Capital Project Grants support the purchase, construction, or renovation of a building or the purchase of equipment. To be eligible for consideration, a capital project must meet the following criteria:

  • The agency has raised at least fifty percent (50%) of the total capital project cost (signed pledges from reliable sources, other funding commitments, or cash in the bank which will not be used for other purposes).
  • The agency has received value-engineered drawings or a signed contract with the builder, if applicable.
pdf Capital Project LOI (pdf) 82 kB

The Weinberg Foundation does not fund more than thirty percent (30%) of the total cost. The Foundation prefers to provide support in the later stages of a capital campaign, after construction costs are fixed and a substantial portion of the funding has been raised. The Foundation does not award supplemental grant funding to cover unexpected construction costs.

For any program-specific requirements relative to each type of grant (i.e., General Operating, Program, Capital) please visit the appropriate page for each program area.

Please submit your LOI by *one* of the following three methods: email, mail, or fax.  Please *do not* submit your LOI using multiple methods which results in duplication during processing and evaluation.

Again, the maximum length for an LOI is three (3) pages. LOIs will be reviewed only if three (3) pages or less.  LOIs exceeding three pages will not be considered.

You will receive confirmation that the Letter of Inquiry has been received by e-mail (if you provide an e-mail address) and by postcard.

Address:
Grants Intake Manager
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Inc.
7 Park Center Court
Owings Mills, MD 21117
Fax: 410-654-3943
E-mail: grantsintake@hjweinberg.org

Please contact Nakia Horton, Gifts Administrator, at nhorton@hjweinberg.org, if you have any questions about the LOI process or the status of your LOI. 

If you have questions about whether your organization meets the grant guidelines of the Foundation, you are encouraged to carefully review the section(s) of the Foundation’s website for each funding area. After reading the detailed information provided on the website, if you still have questions, you are encouraged to contact one of the Foundation’s program directors

 

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