Application Basics

  • Given this restriction on our grantmaking, we are not accepting full proposals from organizations that are not already current grantees of the Foundation. Instead, we ask that you send a Letter of Inquiry through our grant portal that introduces your organization and the program or project that you would like the Foundation to consider.
  • This answer does not apply to current Altman grantees seeking renewal, who will be contacted about preparing full reports and proposals through the grant portal.
  • We do not have application deadlines for requests from organizations that are not current Altman grantees. Foundation staff review letters of inquiry on a rolling basis.
  • Grantees seeking renewed funding will be notified by e-mail of recommended dates for submitting their proposals to the Foundation. If the proposal and required attachments are late, your grant review may be delayed. We cannot, in any case, guarantee that a request will be presented at any particular board meeting.
  • If you submit a Letter of Inquiry via our grant portal, you will receive a reply telling you that your inquiry has been received.
  • All applications are reviewed on a rolling basis by program staff. The time required for this review process can vary depending on the volume of proposals under consideration; we do our best to process materials in a timely fashion.
  • Generally, you will receive a letter within four to six weeks if your request has been declined.
  • We strongly recommend that you revisit the Foundation's Guidelines, grants list, and our Approach before you proceed with future requests. In addition, please check the website for notices about the availability of funding, and please wait at least twelve to eighteen months before reapplying.
  • Unfortunately, the volume of applications and inquiries prevents us from providing feedback on each request.
  • If after reviewing your letter of inquiry and any further information, we think that there appears to be a potential match between your work and ours, a program officer will contact you about submitting a full proposal.
  • A request for a full proposal does not in any way guarantee that a grant will be either recommended to or awarded by the Foundation’s Trustees.