Institutional Grants Requests

The Foundation has two deadlines for accepting full proposals: March and September. Please visit Institutional Grant Requests to learn more about each of the Foundation's program areas.

Annual Deadlines for Receipt of Full Proposals

March 15 with final decisions made by our Board of Directors in June.

September 15 with final decisions made by our Board of Directors in December.

We will accept letters of inquiry for the September 2019 deadline in our online portal starting July 15, 2019, and concluding August 22, 2019.

Organizations that proceed past the letter of inquiry process must provide full proposals to the Foundation by the indicated deadline dates.


To complete a letter of inquiry or full application, please access our online intake portal: Tinker Foundation Inquiry & Grant System.

Letters of inquiry will provide a brief description of your proposed project as well as an estimate of the project budget. If there is sufficient interest in your proposed project, you will be able to submit a full proposal through our online submission portal. Instructions for accessing the portal will be emailed to you.  Please note that the narrative portion of the proposal must be in English.

The sequence of the application process in the online portal is as follows:

  • Eligibility Quiz (to determine if your organization qualifies for support from the Foundation)
  • Letter of Inquiry (to determine if you should proceed to a full proposal)
  • Full Proposal (only if the proposed project falls within our areas of interest)

If you have questions about the application process or the eligibility of your institution or project, please contact Angelina Pienczykowski (