How to Apply



To apply for a grant:

  1. Ensure you're eligible. Read more about what we fund and don’t fund before you apply.

  2. Submit a letter of inquiry. Before you dedicate time to generate a large application, a letter of inquiry allows us to give you preliminary feedback concerning your request and its potential fit within our funding priorities. Please allow our program officers 30 days to respond to letters of inquiry.

  3. Start your proposal. Once you are ready to apply, see our Application Procedures page for a full list of the documents you will need to include in your application.

The Board of Directors meets quarterly to consider requests for grants. These meetings are held in February, May, August and November.

In each of those meetings, the Foundation will review applications in three of the four program areas on a rotating basis; one program each cycle will not review applications. Please see our deadline dates of proposal review cycles by program.

We must receive your proposal by 5 p.m. on the deadline date in order to review it at the corresponding board meeting. In the event that a deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, requests may be submitted by 5 p.m. on the following business day.

If you do not receive an acknowledgement of receipt of your letter of inquiry within 30 days or an acknowledgement of your proposal within one week, please contact the Foundation at 312-580-0310 to confirm that your letter or proposal was received.

Letters of Inquiry and proposals should be sent to:
Ms. Unmi Song, President
Lloyd A. Fry Foundation
120 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 1950
Chicago, IL 60603-3419

or by email at applications(at)