Application Process


The Jean and Louis Dreyfus Foundation makes grants exclusively to New York City-based organizations and programs whose tax-exempt status has been recognized by the I.R.S. The Foundation does not award grants to individuals.

Application Cycles

The Foundation has two grant cycles annually: Spring and Fall. Grants are awarded twice a year at late Spring and late Fall board meetings. The majority of grants are given either on a one-time basis or can be renewed for a maximum of three consecutive years, subject to the Foundation’s discretion. After three consecutive years of support, organizations are required to take a hiatus of three years before re-approaching the Foundation.

Letter of Inquiry (LOI)

New organizations, and those returning from hiatus, should submit a letter of inquiry directly through this portal. Fall cycle letters will be accepted from June 1 – July 15th; Spring cycle letters will be accepted from December 1 – January 15th. The portal will close at 6:00 pm on the night of each deadline.

The LOI, written on your organization’s letterhead, should be a maximum of three pages. Please provide information about the organization’s general activities and details of any specific project for which funds are sought. Please specify the grant amount requested, and the number of participants to be reached by the project as well as your organization’s total outreach. An organizational and/or project budget showing income and expenses should be attached, and your most recent audited financial statement or 990. Be sure to provide your organization’s name, legal mailing address, website address, contact name, phone number, and email address. To submit an LOI please follow this link

Click Here To Submit LOI

All LOIs will be acknowledged by email. To invite a full proposal, the Foundation will provide its own application form, or seek additional information as required. Any discussion or indication of interest concerning a grant inquiry including a request for a full proposal should not be construed as a commitment by the Foundation. All grant decisions, regardless of the outcome, will be communicated in writing.