Changing the Conversation About Inequality—The First Step: Writing the Letter of Inquiry

I’d like to share advice with potential applicants about developing a letter of inquiry for our reducing inequality focus area, the critical first step in the grant application process. How can applicants persuade reviewers of their projects’ potential to contribute to the conversation on reducing inequality?

In the letter of inquiry, applicants should make a strong case that their interests align with the Foundation’s. We support research that we intend will help build, understand, test, and improve programs, policies, and practices that reduce inequality for youth ages 5 to 25 in the United States. We seek proposals that:


Before you Begin
Framing the Inquiry
Research Design and Methods
A Few Last Thoughts

The strongest proposals are structured in a way that contextualizes the project and provides detail on its methods and intended outcomes.

If your current research interests align with ours, we look forward to receiving your letter of inquiry.