Applying for a Grant

The Seabury Foundation has recently completed a Strategic Plan process. Part of this process included implementing an electronic LOI/Grant Proposal Process and creating a grant making initiative in Benzie County, Michigan. We are happy to report we have implemented both initiatives, so please see below for details, including our new deadlines.

Unsolicited LOI’s:

  • The Seabury Foundation meets 3 times a year: March, July, and October.
  • If your organization serves individuals in the city of Chicago, and meets the grantmaking guidelines found under our Goals & Objectives page, you are eligible to submit an unsolicited LOI for each of these meetings (see the chart below for submission deadlines).
  • If your organization is located in Benzie County, Michigan and meets the grantmaking guidelines found under our Goals & Objectives page, you are eligible to submit an unsolicited LOI for the July meeting ONLY (see chart below for submission deadlines).

Family Sponsored LOI’s:

  • If you have been invited by a family member to submit an LOI, you are eligible to submit for one of the meetings in March, July, or October (see chart below for submission deadlines).

IMPORTANT SUBMISSION INFORMATION:

  • EVEN IF YOU ARE A PAST GRANTEE YOU MUST STILL SUBMIT AN LOI FOR A NEW OR RENEWED GRANT.
  • IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED, ALL SUBMISSIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY EMAIL BY CLOSE OF BUSINESS (4:30 pm CST) ON THE DUE DATES BELOW, NO EXPECTIONS.
  • IF THE DUE DATE FALLS ON A WEEKEND OR HOLIDAY, THE LOI WILL BE DUE BY THE CLOSE OF BUSINESS ON THE IMMEDIATELY PRECEDING FRIDAY, AND NOT ON THE DATE AFTER THE HOLIDAY OR WEEKEND.
  • IF YOUR ORGANIZATION IS NOT INVITED TO SUBMIT A FULL PROPOSAL FOLLOWING YOUR LOI, OR IF YOUR FUNDING REQUEST IS TURNED DOWN, ONE FULL YEAR MUST ELAPSE FROM YOUR LOI SUBMISSION DEADLINE BEFORE WE WILL CONSIDER ANOTHER LOI.
  • IF YOU ARE INVITED TO SUBMIT A PROPOSAL AND RECEIVE AN AWARD, YOU MUST WAIT A FULL YEAR BEFORE APPLYING AGAIN THROUGH THE LOI PROCESS.

LOI Submission Instructions:

  • Please review our Goals & Objectives page to make sure you are eligible to submit an LOI.
  • Download the LOI here: Seabury Foundation LOI.
  • After completing the LOI, please email to Allison Armstrong, Program Officer, at allie.arm@seaburyfoundation.org, along with your organization’s up-to-date IRS 501 (c) 3 letter.
  • If you have any questions about your eligibility or have general questions about the grantmaking process, please reach out to Allison Armstrong, Program Officer, at allie.arm@seaburyfoundation.org, or (312) 587-7146.

Full Proposal Instructions:

  • If you are invited to submit a full proposal, instructions will be provided via email.
LOI DUE DATE PROPOSAL DEADLINE DATE MEETING DATE
October 15 December 1 March
March 15 May 1 July
June 15 August 1 October