For our Collection-Related Grants for Nonprofits, the Thoma Foundation accepts Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) on a rolling basis from nonprofit organizations. We fund programs that provide promising new insights into the fields of art in which we collect: Digital & Electronic Art, Art of the Spanish Americas, Post-War Painting & Sculpture, and Japanese Bamboo.
Your initial letter of inquiry should provide general information about the project such as the start and end dates, requested amount, and total budget, as well as a 200- to 300-word synopsis of the project outlining the main goals of the project and its significance. We review LOIs on a quarterly basis (see the General Grants for Nonprofits page for the next deadline). If we are interested in learning more about your project, you will hear from us with an invitation to submit a Complete Proposal. Please allow at least a month from our receipt of your LOI to receive an invitation for a Proposal. The grants team will work with your organization to establish a realistic timeline for a Complete Proposal, but generally we ask that organizations aim to submit thirty days from receiving an invitation. Please keep in mind that the Foundation prefers twelve months’ notice before the start of a project.