The Murdock Trust grant application process begins with a Letter of Inquiry (LOI). The LOI helps us determine whether your organization and project are of interest and eligible for grant consideration; if so, you will be invited to submit a full application. There are no deadlines for submission, and you will receive a prompt response after submitting your LOI through our Grants Portal.
What to Include in Your Letter of Inquiry
- A brief background of your organization, including an abbreviated mission statement; date founded; staff and board size; constituency and geographic region served; type(s) of service provided; and annual operating budget size.
- A description of the project a Trust grant would support. Discuss how you reached the decision to pursue this project; factors contributing to the need or opportunity; the project’s importance to your organization and constituency; and the level and nature of commitment of your staff and board.
- A proposed budget, in summary form, for the total project cost and the amount you intend to request from the Trust. If possible, identify the specific budget item(s) to be funded by Trust support, and indicate potential or actual sources of support outside of the Trust.
- Your reasons for approaching the Trust for this project. Disclose any past history with the Trust or any contact you’ve made with Trust staff or others that may have influenced your decision. Please note any other factors you believe would help us understand your situation and request.
To complete a Letter of Inquiry, log in to our Grants Portal and click Apply Now. If you are a new user, you will need to register to access the Grants Portal for the first time.
Have questions? Please contact the Trust at 360-694-8415 or refer to the Before You Start and The Grant Process sections on the Grant Opportunities page.