Since its founding, the Foundation has developed trusted working relationships with grantees, building sustained engagement. While we are open to a limited number of new possibilities, we do not accept unsolicited proposals. Applicants must follow our Letter of Inquiry (LOI) process, detailed below. We are proactive and highly selective in seeking new funding partnerships.

The George Family Foundation focuses on single- and multi-year programmatic grants that can accelerate these issues, but does not make capital or endowment gifts. Please note we focus geographically on Minnesota-based organizations, and do not offer grants in support of healing through the arts.

We make grants that support our specific primary and emerging focus areas. We encourage you to read about our Focus Areas and About Us to determine whether your organization’s work fits with the interests and funding directions of the Foundation. The Eligibility Quiz in the LOI Process will also provide helpful information to you.

The George Family Foundation will not support the following: 

  • Capital (bricks and mortar) or endowment campaigns
  • Grants directly to individuals
  • Organizations and/or programs without a U.S. non-profit tax status
  • Organizations with a 501(c)(4) tax status

If you are inquiring about the George Family Foundation Catalyst Initiative, visit their website here

Step One 

Creating an Account

  1. You will begin by clicking the link under the Eligibility Quiz.
  2. Once you click on the link, you will be brought to the Account Login Page. Please read HELPFUL HINTS before you create a login.
  3. If you already have an online account with the George Family Foundation, enter your login information. Once you do this it will take you to the Eligibility Quiz.
  4. If you do not have an online account, click on “New Applicant” link (you will find this under the email box). You will be taken to the Account Creation Page and asked to enter an email address and create a password to use as your ID.
  5. Keep a record of this login information, as you will need this information if you are invited to submit a grant proposal. Keep a record of the automated email you will receive when you create an account.
  6. Add the following email addresses to your address book to ensure you receive our automated emails: and

Eligibility Quiz

Click here to take the quiz

If you answer the questions correctly, you will be brought to the Letter of Inquiry (LOI) application. Please follow step two instructions. 

Step Two

Begin Working on Your LOI Application

Complete the LOI application.

Save and Finish Later

  1. At the bottom of any page you can save your work to continue the LOI application at a later time by clicking the button labeled SAVE AND FINISH LATER.
  2. To access an in progress LOI application, click on the link that was sent you via email when you created your account or click here. This is the link that will take you the Account Login Page. After you login, you will be brought to My Application Page (displaying the in progress LOI application and/or submitted applications).

Tip: If you didn't receive an email, check your spam or junk folder.

Review and Submit Your LOI Application

  1. When you have completed your LOI, click REVIEW and SUBMIT. You will be able to review your LOI application before submitting it to the Foundation.
  2. Submitted LOI applications are final and cannot be edited. If you click on the submit button before you are ready, we are not able to re-open your LOI application. You would have to start over and complete a new LOI application. If this does happen, contact Robin Barker immediately at 612-377-3476.
  3. You will receive an email to confirm that you LOI application was submitted successfully.

Tip: If you didn't receive an email, check your spam or junk folder.

If you are invited to complete a grant proposal, you will receive an invite email that will take you to the full online grant proposal with 90 days of your submission of the LOI.