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Grant FAQs

When can I submit a proposal?

ILTF utilizes both the Letter of Inquiry (LOI) and Request for Proposal (RFP) processes which focus on our mission and strategies. See the specific strategic area of interest to identify whether a RFP or LOI is required for the particular request and follow the guidelines described.

Funding requests are accepted on an ongoing basis and will be reviewed three times a year with decisions made by the ILTF Board of Directors at their meetings in February, May and September. See the How to Apply section for proposal due dates.

What is the review process once I submit my proposal?

The majority of funding requests follow the LOI process. When an LOI is received, program staff will review the request and respond within two to four weeks whether to submit a full proposal or if funding for the proposed project is denied. Several funding areas go straight to the RFP process. See specific strategic areas to identify which process is required.

Once a full proposal is received, ILTF staff conducts a review of all required materials. If additional information or clarification is needed, the candidate is contacted. Upon completion of the review, an overview of the project is submitted to ILTF’s board of directors for a decision. The ILTF board makes all final decisions on project funding three times a year at regularly scheduled board meetings in February, May and September.

What is "Share an Idea" about?

ILTF recognizes that every Indian nation has its own unique needs and that our current identified funding criteria may not meet those needs. In order to remain open to ideas outside our stated funding areas, ILTF created the “Share an Idea” funding category to provide an opportunity for eligible funding entities (tribal, local and state governments as well as nonprofit organizations with a 501 (c)(3) designation, including educational institutions) to share project concepts that speak to the land issues of Indian people and their tribes.

In developing an LOI for the “Share an Idea” funding category, recognize that the project must speak to one or more of our strategies (Education, Cultural Awareness, Economic Opportunity or Legal Reform) and have a significant impact on land issues in Indian Country.