Our Letter of Inquiry submission period is now closed.

The 2024 – 2025 grant cycle will open in July, 2024. Please check back early next year for more up-to-date information on our application process.

General Application Information:

The Tomberg Family Philanthropies made significant changes to our application process for the 2022 – 2023 grant cycle. The process will be very similar for the 2023 – 2024 cycle.

  • Limit On the Number of Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) We Accept: We will only be accepting a set number of Letters of Inquiry this cycle, approximately 50. Previously we accepted all LOIs received by a set deadline. Once the submission period opens, please do not delay submitting your Letter of Inquiry in order to ensure that your LOI will be reviewed.
  • Simplified LOI Form: We have significantly reduced both the complexity and the number of questions on our Letter of Inquiry form.
  • Funding Areas: This funding cycle we will again be accepting applications in all four of our funding areas, which are Education, the Environment, Health and Poverty Alleviation.
  • Current Grantees: We will accept requests up to the submission deadline for additional funding from all the projects we funded in the last grant cycle that are eligible for additional grants. We normally can only offer support for up to three years for each program we fund. This limit is by project, not organization. Current grantees will not be subject to the limit on the number of Letters of Inquiry we accept.
  • Sponsored Proposals: Proposals sponsored by a Tomberg Family Philanthropies Board Member also will not be subject to the limit on the number of Letters of Inquiry we accept.

We are making these changes in order to reduce the amount of time applying organizations spend working on applications that ultimately will not be funded.

In our 2021 – 2022 funding cycle, we received 295 applications and were only able to fund 4% of them. These changes should significantly improve the percentage of projects we are able to support.

In our 2022 – 2023 cycle, we received 85 applications, and were able to fund 15% of them.

We have developed a Grant Qualification Assessment tool to help you determine if your organization would be a good fit for our grants. Please take the Assessment before you request our support.

** Updated June 29, 2023 **

If you pass the Assessment, you will be provided with a draft list of the Letter of Inquiry questions.

Any organization considering a grant application should first submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) to us as described below.
All organizations, including those that have received funding from us in the past, must submit LOIs if they want to be considered for funding.
Letters of Inquiry and Full Proposals should be submitted using the Foundant grant management system. Click here for instructions.
We have prepared two videos to help you better understand how to write strong grant requests. You can find them at https://www.tombergphilanthropies.org/how-to-write-a-better-grant-request/ . These videos are only intended as optional guidance on our grant application process. All of the information that organizations need to submit successful applications can be found in the “Our Grants“ section of our website.
Application Timeline:
July 24, 2023, 9:00 AM PDT Letter of Inquiry submission period begins.
September 8, 2023, 11:59 PM PDT Letter of Inquiry deadline.
September 15, 2023, 11:59 PM PDT Interim Progress Report due for 2022 Grantees.
November 1, 2023 Applicants invited to submit full proposals will be notified by this date.
December 18, 2023, 11:59 PM PST Full proposal submission deadline, if invited.
March 31, 2024 Funding notification and receipt of payment, if awarded.
April 15, 2024 Final Progress Report due for 2022 Grantees.
Letter of Inquiry Instructions:
Please follow the instructions on the LiveImpact Letter of Inquiry submission form.
Full Proposal Instructions:
Please follow the instructions in your full proposal invitation email and on the LiveImpact proposal submission form.
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