Institutional Grants Requests

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

Annual Deadlines for Receipt of Full Proposals

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

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

We will accept letters of inquiry for the March 2020 deadline in our online portal starting January 13, 2020, and concluding January 31, 2020.

If you are asked to prepare a full proposal for the March 2020 deadline, you must complete your application in the online portal by March 18 (11:59 p.m. EST).


If you wish to submit a letter of inquiry or full application, you will need to do so in our online portal, Tinker Foundation Inquiry & Grant System.

The letter of inquiry proces is simple and should not take long to complete. In the online portal you will be asked to provide contact information, a brief narrative description of the proposed project, and an estimate of the total project budget as well as the estimated amount sought from the Tinker Foundation. If the project concept is of interest, you will be able to submit a full proposal through our online submission process, and we will email instructions to you to access the portal.

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

  1. Eligibility Quiz (a five question quiz to determine if your organization qualifies for support from the Foundation)

  2. Letter of Inquiry (this step allows us to determine if your project matches our programmatic interests and priorities)

  3. Full Proposal (if the proposed project falls within our areas of interest, you will be asked to prepare a full proposal)

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