The Herb Block Foundation uses a two-step process for evaluating grant proposals: a Letter of Inquiry and a Full Proposal. As of September 15, 2014, we have an online application for the Letter of Inquiry and Full Proposal. Your organization must choose to either proceed through the whole application process via online or hard copy.
1. Letter of Inquiry
Organizations that wish to apply for a grant are required to first submit a Letter of Inquiry. A Letter of Inquiry briefly describes (roughly in two to three pages) the proposed project's purpose, operation, target audience, timeline, costs, and anticipated impacts. Go to the panel "Application Forms" for the full list of items to be included in this Letter or start the application online. All organizations who send in a letter of inquiry by mail or online will receive an email. letting them know if the Foundation is requesting a full proposal or not.
NOTE: All applicants, including current and past grantees, must submit a Letter of Inquiry if you expect to apply for the next fiscal year.
2. Full Proposal
The Foundation selects projects for further consideration with an invitation for a Full Proposal. Please note that a request for a Full Proposal does not guarantee that a project will be funded, and that only full proposals which have been invited by the Foundation will be considered. Those organizations that mailed in a Letter of Inquiry may use the WRAGs Common Grant Application if invited for a full proposal. Those organizations that submitted their Letter of Inquiry online will receive an email notification and a link to the Foundation's Online Full Proposal Application. See the panel "Application Forms" to see the requirements for the Letters of Inquiry and for the online applications.
We anticipate that The Herb Block Foundation will generally have three Board meetings per year reviewing grant applications, in January, May, and September. Grants will be considered according to the following schedule:
January: Defending Basic Freedoms
May: Pathways Out of Poverty
September: Encouraging Citizen Involvement
The Foundation's fiscal year runs from October 1 to September 30. Please contact the Foundation if you have any further questions. And please visit this website regularly for our latest information. Thanks for your interest in The Herb Block Foundation.