The Letters Foundation welcomes letters written by individuals on behalf of themselves or household members in a situation of dire need.
The Letters Foundation only considers requests from individuals residing in the United States, either citizens or those with documented immigration status. EXCLUSIONS: The Foundation does not make grants for capital construction costs, endowments, medical or academic research, experimental medical treatments, scholarships, sectarian or religious purposes, general fundraising drives or events, loans of any type (personal or business), business startups, student loans/debt, tuition, or to support candidates for political office. The Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals from nonprofit institutions. While the Foundation does not pay tuition, some vocational training programs are considered.
We appreciate your courage in reaching out to us, and will hold your letter in strictest confidence.
To qualify for consideration, include a detailed description of your difficulty and a specific request for the item or service that you feel would be of most help. Additionally, please include the following details:
Date of Birth
You write us a letter. Please provide as much detail as possible about yourself, your family, your situation, and your specific need (or request).
We read it. Your letter will be assigned to one of our Letter Readers, who will carefully evaluate it and decide whether or not your request is eligible for further review.
We'll get back to you. Your request is important, so we do our best to read and respond to every letter. If we're unable to help, we'll notify you. If your letter is approved for further review, we'll reach out to you to explain next steps and ask for additional information.
Letters Foundation takes many steps to ensure the security of your data. Physical letters are safely and securely stored with Iron Mountain for both legal compliance and historical purposes. Application documents are scanned and stored electronically in a secure database, and then securely shredded and destroyed. Information sent via email will be stored in the database, and all attachments will be deleted. Database access is limited only to those who need it to perform Letters-related business, and there are additional security protections in place. We will not disclose any information without explicit consent.
No, the Foundation does not accept emailed letters. Follow our instructions for how to mail a letter here.
All individuals must write a letter on behalf of themselves in order to be considered for a grant. If the individual is unable to write a letter, you may write a letter on behalf of them and/or if you have power of attorney. This includes minors.
We always do our best to be responsive to every letter we receive. Generally we respond with a notification of receipt within 10 business days of receiving the letter, although times vary depending on the information provided. We are actively working to improve our response time and we thank you for your patience.
In general, we prioritize practical, one-time grants that normally do not exceed $9,000. The amount of the grant will vary based on the individual and we ask that applicants be honest about their needs in the letter.
Please feel free to handwrite or type your letter.