Letters of Inquiry
If you are seeking support for the first time or if you are a returning grantee seeking support for a new project, we highly recommend that you send us a letter of inquiry before you submit a full proposal.
While a letter of inquiry is not required prior to submission of a proposal, it will allow us to give you preliminary feedback concerning your request and its potential fit within our funding priorities. Please review our Funding Eligibility page and Program Areas sections for a description of our funding priorities.
Letters of inquiry should include a brief description of the proposed project, a project budget, and other projected sources of support. Typically, a letter of two to three pages is sufficient to help us understand your program.
Unlike formal proposals, there are no deadlines for submitting letters of inquiry. Please allow our program officers 30 days to respond to your request. If you do not receive a response within that time, please contact the Foundation at 312-580-0310 to confirm that your letter was received by us.
To submit a proposal or letter of inquiry please use our online application via these links:
Proposal Application - Use this link only to start a new proposal application. Do not use this link to access or review an existing application. Each time you use this link you will create a new proposal application.
Letter of Inquiry Application – Use this link only to start a new LOI application. Do not use this link to access or review an existing application. Each time you use this link you will create a new LOI application.
Account Log In Portal - Use this link to access, edit, and review an existing application that you have already started. This is for either a proposal or letter of inquiry application. You may also use this link to view a completed application that you have already submitted online.
Proposals and letters of inquiry also may be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by postal service to the address below.
Ms. Unmi Song
Lloyd A. Fry Foundation
120 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 1950
Chicago, IL 60603-3419