How to Apply to The LZF

Application Materials
Thank you for your interest in applying for LZF funding. Our 2017 LOI is closed. To be notified of the release of our 2018 cycle, please fill out this form.
Thank you for your interest in The Lenny Zakim Fund 2017 Grant Cycle.

The Lenny Zakim Fund requires Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) to be submitted by all new applicants.  NEW APPLICANTS:

 
Please read the Information and Guidelines to evaluate whether or not your organization or program is a good fit for The Lenny Zakim Fund before you invest your time in a Letter of Inquiry. We strongly suggest that you participate in an LZF Grant Conference Call so that we can explain the process and policies to you in detail and answer commonly asked questions. 
 
The letter of inquiry is not a full proposal. It is the first step in the grant application process for all new applicants.
 
Only those applicants whose LOI has been approved will be invited to submit a full proposal. You will be notified if your letter of inquiry was approved by the end of the 3rd week in June. If the board of directors approves your letter of inquiry, you will be invited to submit a full proposal.

NEW CYCLE APPLICANTS (FORMER GRANTEES):

The Lenny Zakim Fund does not require a Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) for organizations that have received funding the, but not in the 2016 cycle. However, you MUST speak with an LZF staff member to discuss whether or not you are still a good fit for the LZF. You must complete the cover page. Please see the chart below for due dates.

If you have received a grant from LZF in the past but not in Feb. 2016, please email lwood@thelennyzakimfund.org with the subject "Scheduling a New Cycle Phone Call with YOURORGNAME" to arrange a meeting. 

RETURNING APPLICANTS:
Organizations that received a grant in February 2016 and are eligible to re-apply will receive the new materials via email by the end of the 3rd week of June.

 

Required Materials and Due Dates:
All materials and due dates are listed below.  
Any incomplete applications will be disqualified without notice.

 

New Applicants 

New Cycle Applicants

Current Grant Recipients*

Cover Sheet (submit via link above)

05/23/16

05/23/16

07/18/16

Letter of Inquiry

05/23/16

Not Required Not Required

IRS Determination Letter or Fiscal Agent Information

05/23/16

(07/18/16+)

(07/18/16+)

Project Budget, Organization Budget & Funders List

07/18/16

07/18/16

07/18/16

Grant Narrative

07/18/16

07/18/16

07/18/16

Profit & Loss Statement

07/18/16 07/18/16

07/18/16

Self-Evaluation

   

12/15/2016

*Current grant recipients are those who received a grant in February 2016 from LZF.
+Current grant recipients only need to submit IRS Determination Letter if there has been a change.

The 2017 Grant Cycle Schedule:

Letter of Inquiry Released: May 9, 2016

Letter of Inquiry Due: May 23, 2016

Letter of Inquiry Notification: Week of June 13th

New and Renewal Proposals Released: June 20, 2016

New and Renewal Proposals Due: July 18, 2016

Notification of Round Advancement: Mid-August 2016

Notification of Grant Recipients: Early January 2017