How to Apply
Step 1: Please read through this section as well as other areas of our website to get a sense of whether or not your organization and proposal fit within our eligibility, exclusions and focus area guidelines.
Step 2: Click here to access the log-in page of our online application process. Click on the “Create New Account” button and submit the requested information about your organization. After creating your account, you will receive a confirmation email. You can then log back on and submit a Letter of Interest (LOI) for Initiative grants via the online system. Emailed Letters of Interest (i.e., those not entered into our system) will not be accepted.
Letters of Interest typically include the following information:
- Organizational or collaborative mission statement
- Brief description of the organization or collaborative including geographic location and area of service
- Outline of the proposal to be considered
- Goals of the project, how they will be met, and how they will be measured
- Description of partnerships
- Summary project budget including in-kind contributions and other funding sources. Please indicate whether other sources are either projected (you haven’t asked or heard back yet), committed (you received a “yes”), or secured (funds are in the bank or already spent).
- The amount being requested from the Lovell Foundation (include in above budget) and by when funds are needed
- Estimated timeline of project from start to finish
Step 3: If your proposal is of interest to the Foundation, you may be asked to provide additional information or be invited to submit a full proposal by the deadline for our next competitive grant round. You may be required to provide additional information or be asked to speak with a Foundation representatives prior to making a full application.
Review and Approval of Proposals:
All proposals are reviewed by Foundation staff and the Grants Committee in the two months prior to a Board meeting. Site visits and/or follow-up communication may be required at this time. The Grants Committee makes recommendations to the Lovell Foundation Board to either decline or approve the proposal at a particular level of funding. Before making a determination, the Board may wish to hear directly from the organization about the proposal at the next Board meeting. Following the Board meeting, you will be contacted by Foundation staff either by phone or email about the status of your proposal, typically within five business days of the Board meeting. We appreciate your patience during this busy time and ask that you do not contact the Foundation directly until you have heard from us.
Letters of Interest may be submitted throughout the year, however, the submission deadlines are October 1st for our November 1st application deadline, and March 1st for the April 1st application deadline. Letters submitted after those dates will only be considered in the following cycle (i.e. an additional 5-6 months will pass before application is allowed if you are invited to apply). Invited applications are typically due April 1st and November 1st for consideration at the June and January Board meetings, respectively. Applicants will be advised of the dates of the Board meetings. Applicants typically receive the funds within 45 days of Board approval. The time elapsed from submitting a Letter of Interest to receiving funds for an approved proposal may be six months or more. Please plan accordingly.