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2019 Letter of Inquiry Criteria

will be posted on or around Jan. 1, 2019



2018 Letter of Inquiry (LOI) Process

We invite Nebraska nonprofit organizations and members of the University of Nebraska community to submit a two-page Letter of Inquiry (LOI) for consideration in our annual grant process. The WIN Grants Committee will invite 12 to 16 organizations or programs to submit full grant proposals in April.

Letters of Inquiry for the 2017-18 grant cycle are due by Feb. 19, 2018.

LOI Tips:

  • In the narrative, be as clear and focused as possible about how your
    organization/project would make best use of a grant of $50,000 or more.
  • An email confirming receipt of your LOI will be sent within a week of submission. Submission of a letter does not guarantee formal consideration for funding. 
  • Selected Requests for Proposal (RFPs) will be sent at the end of March (due in April), with awards being announced in Fall 2018 for use by Dec. 31, 2019.
  • Submitted proposals may involve collaborative approaches to problem solving, but should originate with the lead organization that will serve as fiscal agent for management and utilization of funds.

In your two-page letter, please include:

1.)    Project name, primary contact name, e-mail and phone

2.)    Project description

3.)    Project category
               Arts and Culture                       Education, Environment
               Health and Human Services       Civic and Community

4.)    Population served
               Youth                            Family             Adults             Women
               Women and Children       Animals          Environment

5.)    Estimated project budget

6.)    Critical need being addressed

7.)    Organization Information required         

Not-for-profits: Name Year incorporated
  Federal tax ID 501(c)3 public charity designation   
  Website address Mission
  Annual budget Staff size (Full- and part-time)
  Governance (board)   List of key leadership
University: Primary applicant University campus
  College, department Website address 
  Project collaborators List of key leadership staff

 Please submit all letters of inquiry to:

Lori Shriner
Women Investing in Nebraska
1010 Lincoln Mall Ste 300
Lincoln NE 68508
         or to

NOTE: Only complete letters e-mailed or postmarked by Feb. 19 will be considered.

For additional information, contact:

Sue Kutschkau
Director of Membership
Women Investing in Nebraska

Lori Shriner
Director of Communication, Education and Grants
Women Investing in Nebraska



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