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Application Process

 

letters of inquiry

Organizations that are registered 501(c)3 nonprofits serving clients within Hillsborough County that meet the mission of the Conn Memorial Foundation may submit a one page letter describing their organization and funding request to the Grant Director. These letters are reviewed to determine suitability. The appropriate letters are then reviewed by the Grant Committee/Board and a determination is made to issue an invitation for application.  Please note:  Organizations that are currently funded by the Foundation and have been invited to apply, there is no need to submit a Letter of Inquiry.  For potential applicants, there are two annual cycles described below. The applicants will be invited to apply in one of the two annual cycles and final funding will be determined by the Board of Directors based on available resources, quality of program, mission reach and the quality of their application. Please see funding selection criteria below.

Funding Schedule

Letters of Inquiry Deadlines

  • January 1st for Spring Cycle ( The Board will review these LOIs in mid-January, and if approved, an invitation to submit a full application will be extended to your organization at the end of January, which will be due in March.) 
  • June 1st for Fall Cycle (The Board will review these LOIs in mid-June, and if approved, an inviation to submit a full application will be extended to your organization at the end of June, which will be due in September.) 

invited Application Deadlines   

  • March 1st for Spring Cycle (Unless specified differently on the application sent to you from Conn.)
  • September 1st for Fall Cycle (Unless specified differently on the application sent to you from Conn.)

Awards

  • May 30 for March 1 applications
  • November 30 for September 1 applications

Funding Selection Criteria

  • Compatibility with Foundation’s Mission
  • Board & Staff Management Expertise
  • Fiscal Management
  • Long Range Planning/Collaborative Efforts
  • Program Need/Evaluation
  • Clear Goals and Objectives
  • Office/Site Visits
  • Availability of Funds/Interest

Step 1 - Review

Step 2 - Letter of Intent

  • Submit Letter of Intent
    (online)  You will receive an auto reply if you have successfully submitted your Letter.  If you have any problems or concerns, please call Beth Doyle, Grant Director, as soon as possible.  813-554-1210.
  • Letters Reviewed by Conn Foundation
  • Accept/Decline Emails Sent

Step 3 - Application

  • Submit Application
    (online / by invitation only)  You will receive an auto reply if you have successfully submitted your Application.  If you have any problems or concerns, please call Beth Doyle, Grant Director, as soon as possible.  813-554-1210.
  • Submit Supporting Documents
    (online / only required for the General Grant Application)
  • Applications and Documentation Reviewed by Conn Foundation
  • Site Visits by Conn Foundation
  • Accept/Decline Letters Sent

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