The Surdna Foundation awards grants to organizations that meet our mission and align with our social justice principles and our funding priorities. To learn more about our program areas and funding priorities, please see information about what we fund here.

We accept letters of inquiry from any nonprofit organization that believes there is strong alignment between their work and Surdna’s funding priorities.  While all letters of inquiry are reviewed by Surdna’s program staff, please be aware that the majority of Surdna’s grantmaking is by invitation.  Very few unsolicited letters of inquiry have resulted in grants.

At this time, the Thriving Cultures and Strong Local Economies programs are undergoing program transitions and are not accepting unsolicited inquiries.  We expect to begin accepting letters of inquiry in the latter half of 2018.

Please note that we cannot respond to phone calls about letters of inquiry due to the number of such requests.  If, after staff review, there is interest in discussing the potential for a grant, we will be in touch with you. If you have any questions about Surdna’s funding process, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Step 1:
Eligibility & Research

Step 2: Submit an Online Letter of Inquiry

Please note Letter of Inquiry (LOI) forms cannot be saved, i.e., they must be initiated and submitted in the same session. While you complete the LOI fields, please do not use your browser’s refresh or back functions, as this may result in loss of data. The portal is optimized for use with Google’s Chrome browser.


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