Letter of Inquiry
Letter of Inquiry
The first step in applying to the Jackson Foundation is
to submit a letter of inquiry. Letters may be submitted at
any time during the year as letters are reviewed on a continuous
basis. If you do not receive notification of our receipt within
one month of sending your letter, please feel free to contact
the Jackson Foundation.
All letters are first reviewed to determine if the request
falls within the Jackson Foundation's guidelines as outlined
in this material. Those that do not are immediately declined.
Letters that are within the guidelines are then reviewed to
determine the following:
- the priority of the proposed activity within the Jackson
- the impact of the potential results of the program or
- the availability of the Jackson Foundation's funds
Letters of inquiry should be no more than three pages and should include the following:
- a brief statement of the issues to be addressed, the
history and goals of your organization, and your organization's
involvement with these issues
- a brief summary of the activities for which you are requesting
support, including an outline of your objectives, and anticipated
outcomes and implications
- the approximate starting date and duration of the proposed
- the total amount of funding needed, the amount requested
from the Jackson Foundation, and information about other
sources of support, both assured and requested
When a letter of inquiry reflects most closely the Jackson
Foundation's program priorities,
we will request a full proposal. Proposals should be submitted
to the Jackson Foundation only upon request. Since the Jackson
Foundation requests more proposals than it can fund, you should
not interpret such a request as an indication of likely support.
The Jackson Foundation accepts the common grant application
form of the National Network of Grantmakers, which will be
The Jackson Foundation's Board
of Directors may request additional information in writing
from applicants or consult with persons knowledgeable about
the proposed program or activities. When practical, site visits
will be done by at least two Board members of the Jackson
Final decisions on proposals are made once a year by the
Jackson Foundation's Board of Directors
at the September Board Meeting. You will be informed of the Board's decision immediately
following the Board meeting at which your proposal is discussed.
If a grant is awarded, you will be asked to sign a Grant Agreement
that lays out reporting and other requirements.
- The requesting organization must be a nonprofit, tax-exempt
organization as indicated by Section 501 (c)(3) of
the Internal Revenue Code. All grant requests must be accompanied
by a copy of the tax-exemption letter from the IRS indicating
the organization as such.
- The requesting organization must provide the Jackson
Foundation with a current audited financial report.
- The Jackson Foundation will not provide funds to support
special events or endowments.
- The Jackson Foundation will not consider grants for individuals.
- The Jackson Foundation will not provide funds to lobby
legislation or influence public opinion.
- The Jackson Foundation will not provide funds to service
- The funds granted by the Jackson Foundation are to be
used by the recipient within a period of one year after
the date of the gift.
- The recipient of the funds granted will be required to
provide the Jackson Foundation with a report of how the
funds were used. This report is due within six months after
the funds are utilized.
- The Jackson Foundation will not grant funds to the same
organization more than five consecutive years.
- The grant shall not involve liability to the Jackson
Foundation except to provide to amount of the grant.
- The grant shall not involve the establishment of a permanent
foundation or trust or permanent interest-bearing account.
Individual grants will not exceed $10,000.00.
Grant requests will be considered on an annual basis. All
proposals are to be received by April 30th and will be considered
at a grant decision meeting in September.