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, 727-385-9706, 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.
Letters of Inquiry Deadlines
Invited Application Deadlines
Funding Selection Criteria