Application Guidelines


The Board meets twice each year, in May and December. Letters of inquiry (LOI) and proposals are accepted through our online application link.

Meeting Date

LOIs received no later than

Notification regarding invitation for full proposal extended by

Proposals received by


February 15

March 7

April 1


September 15

October 7

November 1

If the date is a weekend or holiday, we will accept applications on the next business day.

1. Letter of Inquiry (LOI)

The Sartain Lanier Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications. ALL organizations wishing to apply for a grant must first submit a LOI to the Foundation. The LOI is required even if your organization has received funding from us in the past. 

LOI Application  Instructions:

To start a NEW application, click on the following link:

Online LOI Application

Once you access the URL, you will be prompted to do to the following:

  • Create a user account, or log in if you have an existing account;
  • Enter your tax identification number; and
  • Complete the application.

You may save the form at any time to complete later. To return to your saved form, click on this “My Account” URL: Online LOI Application. Then enter the username and password you created at the onset of this process.

After entering basic organization and contact information, and a project description, you will be asked to attach:

  • IRS Determination Letter
  • Organizational budget for the current fiscal year

2. From LOI to Grant Application

After reviewing your LOI, we will either forward a link to the application form OR notify you that we are denying your request. 

3. Grant Application

Once the Foundation has invited you to apply, applicants will receive the link to complete the full application, which will automatically be populated with the information submitted through the LOI process. 

4. Grant Decision Process

If we determine a site visit is required after receipt of your application, a Foundation representative will contact you to schedule a visit. Applicants will be notified shortly after a decision has been made at the May or December Board of Trustees meetings. Periodic updates during a project or at its completion may be requested.