Carnegie Corporation of New York requires a letter of inquiry submitted via this website to initiate the grant application process.

Letters of inquiry are accepted on a rolling basis; there are no deadlines. Please note that we do not seek, and rarely fund, unsolicited grant applications.

If your organization is interested in determining if project support from the Corporation is likely, and then submitting a letter of inquiry, please:

  • Carefully review all of the information about our grantmaking programs, goals and strategies, and any funding exclusions. Read the program descriptions to see if the proposed project aligns with the Corporation’s priorities and funding strategies;
  • Review our eligibility questions by program;
  • Visit our grants database to review organizations that have recently received funding from the Corporation.

If you believe that your project aligns with the Corporation’s priorities and funding strategies as outlined in the program descriptions, a link to start an online application can be found at the bottom of each Focus Area page within the Programs section of this website.

If the project does not align with the Corporation’s priorities and funding strategies as outlined in the program descriptions, please visit our list of philanthropic resources to help identify other possible funding sources.

Applicants will be notified via email if their letter of inquiry is declined, or if they have been invited to submit a full proposal. This process usually takes four to six weeks. Only full proposals that have been invited will be considered.

Due to the large volume of online submissions we receive, we cannot respond to phone calls requesting status updates on a submitted letter of inquiry.

Eligibility Questions

Our eligibility questions are meant to help you identify the kinds of projects we typically fund. Answer the questions for the program area that is the best fit for your project, then review the answer immediately next to the question. If you’ve answered any of the questions differently than the answer, it is unlikely that your project aligns with the Corporation’s priorities and funding strategies — rather than apply, we encourage you to review this list of other philanthropic resources. If your answers do match the answer key responses, we strongly encourage you to review our grantmaking programs and grants database before submitting an letter of inquiry.

Education

  • Q: Is this project to support an individual? A: No.
  • Q: Are you requesting funds for local work? A: No.
  • Q: Is this to support an after-school or pre-K program? A: No.

Democracy

  • Q: Are you requesting funds for state-based work? A: Yes.
  • Q: Are you requesting funds to provide direct services (legal aid, civic classes, other social services, etc.)? A: No.
  • Q: Are you requesting funds for production costs related to a documentary film? A: No.

International Peace and Security

  • Q: Does your project support research or dissemination? A: Yes
  • Q: Could it strengthen U.S. and foreign expert community interaction? A: Yes.
  • Q: Would it potentially foster future leaders in the area? A: Yes.
  • Q: Could major institutions be strengthened because of the work you intend? A: Yes.
  • Q: Is this request for support for an endowment? A: No.
  • Q: Is this a request for a PRI or program-related investments? A: No.

Higher Education and Libraries in Africa

  • Q: Does your project intend to benefit primarily higher education stakeholders resident in a country that is part of the British Commonwealth? A: Yes.
  • Q: Are you an individual seeking a scholarship, fellowship, or research grant? A: No.
  • Q: Does your project aim to strengthen research capacity of African scholars, scientists, and/or higher education institutions, or does it support higher education policy initiatives and/or research programs on higher education in Africa? A: Yes.
  • Q: Is this request for support for an endowment? A: No.
  • Q: Is this request for a PRI or program-related investments? A: No.