Letter of Inquiry

Thank you for your interest in WA Women’s Foundation (WaWF). Every year, we invite nonprofit organizations to submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) form as an entry point to our annual grant process. Our Grant Committee reviews these submissions and will determine which organizations will then continue in our grantmaking process. 

This year, we are focusing on the thematic areas of Law, Justice & Incarceration, Housing & Hunger, and Arts & Community Culture. The funding priorities are as follows:

  • School to Prison Pipeline: Focusing on the relationship between our education system and our justice system, and the trend of young adults being funneled into detention, creating a pipeline from school to jail.
  • Mental Health & Housing: Focusing on the intersection of mental health and housing and supporting organizations that address the many ways trauma and mental health can create additional challenges and unique needs in housing.
  • Community Cultural Preservation: Investing in systemically under-resourced communities by supporting the preservation of language, stories, performing arts, sites, crafts, relationships to land, forms of subsistence, and other cultural traditions.

We are now accepting Letters of Inquiry for consideration in the 2022 Collective Grants. The due date for all LOI submissions is January 14th at 11:45pm. Click here to get started.  

This year, we ask nonprofit organizations to answer the following questions in their LOI:

  1. How does your organization serve communities affected by inequity due to race and/or gender identity?
  2. How is your organization accountable to the community being served?
  3. Describe how your organization addresses systemic gender and/or racial inequities in one of the following priorities (please see definitions of priorities above):
    • School to Prison Pipeline
    • Mental Health & Housing
    • Community Cultural Preservation
  4. Share a story of your mission in action – a time when your organization was able to reduce disparities and/or achieve more equitable outcomes.

We do not dictate any word counts throughout this LOI, but we encourage brevity and succinctness. We recommend keeping each narrative answer to under 250 words.

Curious about our process? Join us for an info session to meet WaWF staff, our volunteer leadership, and a grantee representative. Sign up on our programs & events page. 

New this year, we are using Reviewr to accept LOIs. Click here to be directed to Reviewr, where you can set up an account, draft your LOI, and submit. Click here for a user guide.

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to reach out to Aviva Stampfer, Senior Grants Program Manager, at aviva@wawomensfdn.org.