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Letters of Inquiry (one to three pages) may be sent at any time and should include: a description of the project, its goals and significance; participants; the timeframe; the project's total budget and the amount requested from the foundation; and other existing or potential sources of funding. Inquiries should be addressed to Dr. Toby Alice Volkman with a cc to Bridget Talone.

All inquiries will be acknowledged promptly, although the full review process, including conversation and correspondence between program officer and applicant, often takes additional time before a decision is made on whether a full proposal can be invited.

A formal proposal must include: a one-page executive summary; a full description of the project, including its goals and significance; how the project will be evaluated and anticipated measures of success; the total budget for the project and the amount being requested from the foundation, with sufficient detail to justify costs; other existing or potential sources of funding, including in-kind as well as financial support from the applicant and other participating institutions; and relevant information about primary participants, including their curriculum vitae.

A proposal should show familiarity with the foundation and the program. It must demonstrate a convincing fit with the program's goals, and show how the project emerges from serious interests and work already in progress. It will situate the work within a broader field, explain how the project will advance that field, and display a commitment to ensuring the work's long-term sustainability.

The proposal must be accompanied by supporting documents: the applicant's IRS tax-exemption letter, list of current trustees, and most recent audited financial statement.

For additional information and guidance on proposal writing, see the Foundation Center.

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