Impacting Families in Our Communities

The Letter of Inquiry

The Foundation accepts Letters of Inquiry (LOI) from tax exempt organizations under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, government entities and religious organizations. Requesting organizations are strongly encouraged to review the Foundation’s grantmaking program descriptions and guidelines for grantmaking prior to completing the Letter of Inquiry form.
The Foundation has three Responsive Grantmaking funding areas: capacity building, general operations and special projects

Letter of Inquiry Process

The Foundation will accept Letter of Inquiry (LOI) requests for our Responsive Grantmaking program using our online application. There will be two grantmaking cycles in 2017 through this program. 

2017 Letter of Inquiry Due Dates

Cycle 1 Letter of Inquiry Due Date - February 6, 2017 (Funding decision in June 2017)
Cycle 2 Letter of Inquiry Due Date - August 1, 2017 (Funding decision in December 2017)

How to Apply

The Foundation accepts Letters of Inquiry through its online grants management system.

Prior to starting your online application, please review the Foundation’s Responsive Grantmaking program areas of interest, types of grants and geographical focus to ensure a potential fit. Funding requests to the O’Neill Foundation must be family-focused. Requests must address how families will participate and benefit from the program supported by the request. Strong family outcomes must be an essential element of the request.

Tips for Online Submission and Notification

  • All applicants must create an account to apply to the O’Neill Foundation. You will be prompted to set up a username and password. Please use your email address for your user name and select a password of your choice. Save your username and password for future reference. 
  • The Foundation offers three types of grants: Capacity Building, Special Projects and Operating Support. Only one request per organization can be accepted. Select only one type of grant on the Application page.
  • The application includes questions that are required to complete your Letter of Inquiry. Fields with an asterisk (*) are required.
  • Once logged into the application, follow the instructions online to fill out the grant application.  Save your information often.
  • Applications must be submitted by the due date. Late applications will not be accepted
  • A confirmation email will be sent to the primary contact after the application is submitted.
  • The status of LOIs received will be communicated via email or phone call within 45 days after the LOI due date.
Select APPLY NOW below to start your online Letter of Inquiry request.

Contact Symone McClain, Vice President at (216) 831-4134 if you have questions about the LOI process or completing the online application form. Please note that you will be using our new grants management system. All organizations must first create a New Account to access the LOI forms.