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Invited Proposal

After reviewing a Letter of Inquiry, the Foundation will contact the submitting organization with a decision as to whether a full proposal will be invited. To submit an invited proposal, please download and complete the Proposal Application and the Proposal Budget.

Please do not submit proposals unless requested to do so by a Foundation staff member. As a small-staffed organization, we are unable to acknowledge or consider unsolicited proposals. 

Invited proposal components

  • An abstract of the program or project
  • Statement of organization's history and accomplishments
  • Description of program or project
  • Specific Foundation strategy which the program or project advances and how (See Downloads for Coleman Impact Plans)
  • Statement of goals and how they will be evaluated
  • Budget for proposed program or project (using Budget Template)
  • Proof of organization's non-profit tax status - 509(a)(1) or 501(c)(3)
  • List of organization's Board of Directors
  • Current organization budget
  • Most current audited financial statement

Please submit the electronic versions of the Proposal Application in MS Word and the Proposal Budget in Excel in their original formats (NO PDFs, please).

The Board meets four times per year. The Board meetings are generally held in March, June, August and November. Grantees will be notified of grant approvals within two weeks of the Board’s decision. Foundation staff conducts due diligence, site visits, meetings, and assessment necessary to make presentations and funding recommendations to the Board.