How to Apply

Our application process consists of two steps: first, at the Foundation's request, submission of a letter of inquiry (LOI) by eligible organizations, and second, at the Foundation’s request, submission of a full grant proposal.


Step One

Applicants are given an opportunity to submit an LOI online for consideration of grant awards for the same calendar year. EHF will not consider applications submitted by regular mail or outside of the deadline dates for the yearly LOI process.

LOI Contents

Please carefully review the strategic priority areas for funding once they are announcedThe Foundation will not review proposals that do not directly address any of its priority areas.

LOI Requirements

Previous LOI application forms have requested the following information (subject to change for 2017):

  • An abstract summarizing the nature or project for which funding is being sought; 
  • A description of the problem or opportunity the activities will address, and an outline of the objectives and anticipated outcomes and benchmarks for success;
  • A brief description of how the proposed program fits within the Foundation’s strategic objectives;
  • An outline of the timeframe for the proposed activities (i.e., the date established or starting date and the anticipated duration);
  • Financial information, including the amount requested from the Foundation and the total amount of funding needed for the activities; 
  • Information about other sources of support, both assured and requested;
  • A budget for the project for which funding is requested; and
  • A copy of the applicant organization’s IRS determination letter.   

LOI Assessment

EHF will review LOIs to determine if the request for funding addresses the Foundation’s objectives and mission. Those that do not do so will be declined. EHF will then review LOIs to determine: (i) the priority of the proposed activity in light of the Foundation’s goals; (ii) the likely impact or potential results of the activities for which funding is sought; and (iii) the availability of Foundation funds.    


Step Two

When a LOI is closely aligned with the Foundation’s initiatives, priorities and goals, EHF may request a full proposal or additional information. Full proposals or additional information should be submitted only upon request. A request for a proposal should not be interpreted as a guarantee of the awarding of a grant, or as an assurance of support. 


What is the Foundation looking for in a LOI?

The proposed activities described in the LOI should directly address the Foundation’s stated strategic focus areas, with consideration to the Foundation’s mission and values. A strong LOI will be concise, clear and achievable with regard to objectives and outcomes, with the potential to demonstrate substantial impact. The LOI should contain a narrative, budget and IRS determination letter.   

If I have further questions about submitting an LOI, whom do I contact?

Please submit questions to or call 202-387-9500.

What is the timeframe for the grant-making cycle?

The Foundation’s grant process operates on a calendar year starting January 1st and ending December 31st.  Typically, our funding does not exceed a one-year term and is distributed early each calendar year.  

How and when can I submit a LOI?

All LOIs must be submitted electronically by using an online form that will be available in Spring 2017. Applications submitted by mail will not be considered. 

What percentage of organizations that submit LOIs to the Foundation receive invitations to submit full grant proposals?

Due to the number of requests that we receive, fewer than 10 percent of organizations that submit LOIs are invited to submit full grant proposals. A request for a proposal should not be interpreted as a guarantee of the awarding of a grant, or as an assurance of support. 

May an organization submit more than one LOI in any given year?

No, an organization may submit only one application per grant cycle. Exceptions are made for very large organizations, such as universities, which may submit one application per department or program.

May individuals apply for grant funding?

No, EHF does not provide support to individuals, except through its annual Peace Awards and scholarships. We only review LOI applications submitted by registered non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations.

Do funded activities need to take place in the United States?

Yes. Funding is limited to activities undertaken in the United States. The Foundation continues the El-Hibri family’s charitable tradition of supporting orphans in the Middle East, particularly in Lebanon, but does not accept unsolicited proposals on this topic.

Does the Foundation provide funding for seed projects or capital projects (such as endowments or to construct or renovate buildings or physical infrastructure)?

No, the Foundation’s grants are limited to project support, organizational capacity building, and operating costs.

When is the decision made by the Foundation to award a grant?

The dates of our 2017 grants cycle have not yet been announced. Please check back in January 2017 for more information.

When are grant funds made available?

The dates of our 2017 grants cycle have not yet been announced. Please check back in January 2017 for more information.