Grants

Grant Application Process

By Invitation Only

In the Fall 2017, the Conn Memorial Foundation fine-tuned its philanthropic focus and now has a “By Invitation Only” process for submitting Letters of Inquiry. If your organization is a 501c3 located in Hillsborough County, Florida, and has a program focused on educational achievement and aligned with a school serving students in low-income neighborhoods, and you wish to be considered, call Beth Doyle, Grant Director, 813-551-1210, to discuss BEFORE submitting any inquiry. This is in order to save potential applicants’ time and energy. A verbal invitation to submit a Letter of Inquiry will be extended if the program meets certain criteria and there is funding available.

Please do not disregard this step as any Letters of Inquiry submitted without invitation may not be considered by the Board.

Also, in the interest of saving time, money and protecting the environment, only electronic submissions via email or our website should be made to the foundation. Please do not mail hard copies of letters, information, brochures, applications, etc.

These measures are being taken with you and your organization in mind. It is our hope to make your interaction with the foundation easier and more efficient so that you may have more time to do the work of your mission.

Please contact Beth if you have any questions. Thank you!

Letters of Inquiry

Organizations that are registered 501(c)3 nonprofits serving clients within Hillsborough County with programs 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 via this website. These letters are reviewed to determine suitability. The appropriate letters are then reviewed by the Grant Committee and the Board of Directors and a determination is made to issue an invitation for application. Please note: Organizations that have PROGRAMS currently funded by the Foundation and that have been invited to re-apply, DO NOT need to submit a Letter of Inquiry. Organizations that have received single-year CAPITAL FUNDING for a project, DO need to submit a Letter of Inquiry for new projects or program funding. 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.  That application will be due in early March.
  • June 1st for Fall Cycle  -- The Board will review these LOIs in mid-June, and if approved, an invitation to submit a full application will be extended to your organization at the end of June. That application 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 the Conn Memorial Foundation’s Mission
  • Board & Staff Management Expertise
  • Fiscal Management
  • Long Range Planning/Collaborative Efforts
  • Program Need/Evaluation
  • Clear Goals and Objectives
  • Site Visits
  • Availability of Funds/Interest