Funding Process

Grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations only.

How to apply for a grant

Our staff, Board of Directors, and program advisors actively seek to identify projects of interest within each program area.  We also accept letters of inquiry from nonprofit organizations.

Before submitting a letter of inquiry, we ask that organizations do the following three steps:

  1. Review our program areas carefully (see Grant Guidelines) and the grants currently funded in the area you believe best matches your project
  2. Identify the Program Director of the program that best fits your project.  Click here for the staff directory.
  3. Call the Foundation and discuss your project with the appropriate Program Director.

This approach of direct contact between an organization and the Program Director at Lannan, allows an organization to learn first-hand the current interests and aims of the Foundation and for the Foundation staff to learn of new developments in their program areas.

If a project is of interest, the organization will be asked to submit a letter of inquiry.  Organizations whose letters of inquiry are of interest to the Foundation will be invited to submit a formal proposal. Letters of inquiry or grant proposals sent via facsimile or email will not be considered.

If an organization is invited to submit a letter of inquiry, that letter should include:

  1. The legal name used by the applicant organization exactly as recorded by the Internal Revenue Service.
  2. A concise statement of the purpose of the request, its significance and strengths, and the results sought (not more than two pages).
  3. A budget for the project and the current annual budget for the organization (including all other funding sources).
  4. A timeline for the implementation of the projects and for intended results.

Funding is highly competitive. Only a few organizations will be asked to submit full proposals in each program area.

The Foundation rarely awards funding to unsolicited letters of inquiry or grant proposals.