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Our Grantmaking

How to Apply

Please thoroughly review the Weingart Foundation’s Grant Guidelines before applying. Applying to the Foundation involves a two-step process beginning with submitting a letter of inquiry (LOI). If the request meets the Foundation’s priorities and interests, the applicant will be provided with the instructions and forms to prepare and submit a full application. The Foundation accepts LOIs throughout the year on a rolling basis. It typically takes four weeks for an LOI to be reviewed.

Letter of Inquiry

Unrestricted Operating Support (UOS) is the Foundation’s primary vehicle for support. Organizations interested in UOS funding may submit an LOI for review. To see a sample UOS LOI, click here.

Letters of inquiry are also available for Capital grants and Special Opportunity Fund grants. Nonprofits are strongly encouraged to talk with a member of our program staff before submitting an LOI for either of these types of support.

Please note: All letters of inquiry must be submitted through the Foundation’s online Grant Portal. Since we have recently moved to a new online system, all applicants will need to create a new user account before being able to log-in and complete an LOI. If you have any questions please contact Angela Carr, grants managment associate, at acarr@weingartfnd.org or (213) 688-6314.

Instructions for online LOI submissions:

  1. Create a New User account on the online Grant Portal
  2. Select "Explore Grant Opportunities"
  3. Select the letter of inquiry you would like to complete

Program Related Investments

The Foundation does not accept unsolicited requests for our PRI Fund. If organizations would like to discuss a potential PRI project, they should contact Rosa Benitez, Senior Program Officer, at rbenitez@weingartfnd.org or (213) 688-6320.


For additional information please consult the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section of the web site. Inquiries to the program staff are welcome. Given the large number of requests, it is difficult to schedule in-person meetings, and phone calls and email inquiries are preferred.