Submitting a Letter of Inquiry

Letters of inquiry should be no more than three pages and should include the following:

  • A brief statement of the issues to be addressed, the history and goals of your organization, and your organization’s involvement with these issues
  • A brief summary of the activities for which you are requesting support, including an outline of your objectives, and anticipated outcomes and implications
  • The approximate starting date and duration of the proposed activities
  • The total amount of funding needed, the amount requested from ECMC Foundation, and information about other sources of support, both assured and requested.
  • Contact information and EIN for the organization.

As stated above, it is our preference to receive letters of inquiry electronically, by email, at the following address: We will accept paper copies at:

ECMC Foundation
Attn: Alissa Binner
444. S. Flower St, Suite 2550
Los Angeles, CA 90071


When a letter of inquiry reflects most closely ECMC Foundation’s program priorities, we will request a full proposal. Proposals should be submitted to ECMC Foundation only upon request. A request for a proposal should not be interpreted as an indication of likely support.

Our staff may request additional information in writing from applicants. We might also consult with persons knowledgeable about the proposed activities, and should we do so, we will request your suggestions as to who might be qualified to assist us in our review of your proposal. Finally, we will try to meet with applicants, either electronically or at your project site.

The ECMC Foundation Board of Directors makes final decisions on proposals. You will be informed of the board’s decision immediately following the board meeting at which your proposal is discussed. If a grant is awarded, you will be asked to sign a Grant Agreement that lays out reporting and other requirements.

Meetings with ECMC Foundation Staff
ECMC Foundation welcomes the opportunity to meet with possible grantees. We prefer, however, to postpone such meetings until after we receive a letter of inquiry, in order to determine if a meeting will be useful. If you are planning a trip to Los Angeles or Minneapolis, Minnesota, please send your letter of inquiry a few weeks before you plan to arrive and let us know that you are interested in meeting with us during your visit.