Application Process

Letter of Inquiry Process Update

Typically, the Altman Foundation uses letters of inquiry to learn more about organizations working in and across its five program areas. When openings in the Foundation’s portfolio become available, candidates that are a strong fit receive more in-depth reviews by the Foundation’s staff and, potentially, are invited to submit a full application for funding. The Letter of Inquiry process is currently on pause as proposals in our current pipeline, including specific responses to the COVID-19 crisis and active Foundation grantees that are eligible for renewal consideration, will be the focus of the Foundation’s work for the balance of this calendar year.

Full Proposal

If we have suggested that you follow your Letter of Inquiry with a full proposal or if you are a current grantee applying for renewed funding, please log in to the grant portal where you will find the related application form in the “Proposals in Progress” section. Please fill out the application and submit with the required documents. In the application form, please select from the three types of investments most relevant to your request:

  • Investments in Direct Service
    In this area we support programs and projects that create human gain for people in our areas of focus. Historically, most of the grants in our portfolio have fallen into this category.
  • Investments in Capacity Building*
    At times we believe that making an investment in an organization so that it can achieve and sustain stronger gains for those served is the best investment we can make. In general, these investments are reserved for organizations with which we are already working.
  • Investments in Systems Change
    At times we believe that the most pressing need is to make an improvement in the larger context of factors and forces that affect programs and organizations. The Foundation will allocate limited grant dollars to strategic policy, advocacy, and applied research initiatives that advance the Foundation's grantmaking priorities.

* Please note that if you are providing technical assistance services to other organizations, they are your clients and you should complete the “direct service” application. The “capacity building” application is designed for organizations seeking to build their own internal capacity.

Additional Documents Required: All full proposals should include the items listed on the Application Checklist. We cannot review your request until all required attachments have been received.