Lumina Foundation welcomes LOIs year-round from eligible organizations seeking funds for work that fits within Lumina’s mission and guidelines. Generally, we review unsolicited inquiries through the end of September. Inquiries submitted after September may be held for consideration the following year.
Organizations may submit more than one inquiry at any one time.
An LOI should describe the proposed work in three to five pages, using the following questions for guidance:
The foundation considers only those inquiries that:
Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit LOIs electronically. Please send the LOI [on letterhead] and completed cover sheet as attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not send any additional materials (binders, media, etc.) Applicants are welcome to submit inquiries by mail at the address below but are asked not to submit a letter both electronically and by mail.
If you cannot submit electronically, please send grant inquiries via mail to:
Grants Management—”New Inquiry”
P.O. Box 1806
Indianapolis, IN 46206-1806
An internal review panel carefully reviews every LOI that meets the criteria outlined above. Following the initial review, we will inform applicants within two months of receipt whether the inquiry fits our current priorities and resources. Due to limited resources, we cannot request proposals from all inquiries that meet our criteria. If we decide to request a full proposal, a strategy officer will contact the applicant to request additional information and to provide instructions on applying for a grant. An invitation to submit a proposal does not guarantee funding.
An internal review panel also carefully considers all solicited proposals; occasionally, we invite external experts to review proposals as well. We are diligent in our efforts to respond promptly to proposals. Assuming potential grantees’ timely responses to requests for information, the entire review and approval process typically takes approximately six months.