Frequently Asked Questions
What do you mean by “at-risk” and “under-served”?
By “at-risk” we mean those students who, because of circumstance, economic class, or geography, need temporary or ongoing intervention to succeed academically. By “under-served” we mean those students who, because of circumstance, economic class or geography, do not have access to programs that will help them succeed academically.
Is there a preferred time of year to submit a letter of inquiry?
We have no deadlines. We review all requests on a rolling basis and will send you a response to your letter of inquiry within 4-6 weeks. Occasionally, we reach our funding limits early in the fourth quarter of the calendar year. If we receive a funding request that we wish to pursue during that time, we may choose to hold that request until the start of the next year. We would notify you of this decision.
Can I submit a full proposal instead of a letter of inquiry?
We believe a letter of inquiry that supplies the requested information (See Step 2 on our “How to Apply” page) gives us all the information we need to make an initial decision on whether to proceed to Step 3. Please do not submit a full proposal unless requested.
Do you know of any other funding resources?
The best resource for grantees in the Pacific Northwest is Philanthropy Northwest. This non-profit offers a wealth of information: tips on grant-writing, technical assistance, and a directory of potential funders.