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: Submit a Letter of Interest (LOI) for Initiative grants, no more than two pages in length, to, including 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
  • 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.  Proposal Submission Guidelines and an official Application will be provided to you at that time.  You may be required to provide additional information or be asked to meet with 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.  Foundation staff make every effort to move those deemed eligible into the next funding cycle. Proposals 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.