IMA Foundation Grant Process

Note: Deadlines are April 2 and October 1 of each year.

Step 1: Determine Elegibility to Apply

  1. Organizations must email the IMA Foundation and include “LOI” in the subject line with a one paragraph explanation of how your organization’s mission matches the foundation’s funding guidelines.
  2. After an IMA Foundation review, you will receive a response as to your organization’s eligibility.
  3. If your organization is a good fit for funding, you will be invited to submit a Letter of Inquiry inclusive of the information outlined below in Step 2.
  4. Letters of Inquiry are due by either April 2 or October 1 each year.
  5. Letters of Inquiry are reviewed after these deadlines. Organizations will be notified within three to four weeks after these deadlines if they are invited to submit a full grant application.

    Legal Nonprofit
    – The organization must be a 501c3 nonprofit organization to be considered for IMA Foundation funding.

Focus Area – The nonprofit’s mission must clearly address one of the Foundation’s focus areas. If needed, please call the IMA Foundation for clarification. The focus areas are defined as:

Goal: To reduce the drop-out rate and offer a chance for quality futures to our young people. This will be done by supporting organizations whose missions are to provide:

  • Mentoring programs
  • After school programs

Goal: To support educational institutions so that our young people graduate with increased skills and knowledge, resulting in a higher-skilled workforce in the future. This will be done by supporting:

  • Educational Institutions
  • K-12 public education
  • Higher education

Goal: To improve the quality of life in our communities through the arts. This is done by supporting:

  • Cultural institutions
  • Arts in Education programs that offer arts education programming in public schools

Geography – The IMA Foundation only gives to nonprofit organizations located in and serving the communities where IMA has offices. Those are:

  • Dallas
  • Denver
  • Kansas City
  • Topeka
  • Wichita

Step 2: Letter of Inquiry

Please provide the following information in the Letter of Inquiry. The LOI should not exceed four pages in 11 point font.

  • Legal name of the organization requesting funding
  • Submission date of LOI
  • The Focus Area under which your organization qualifies for funding
  • Name, address, phone number and email address for the person who can answer questions about the proposal
  • State whether the request is for programmatic, general operating or capital. Any capital requests should be preceded by a phone call.
  • Amount requested (average grant sizes are $5k – $10k).
  • Purpose and history of organization;
  • Goals and objectives of program or project;
  • Current status of project, including date the project was established and the anticipated duration;
  • Description how the organization will use the funds to further its objectives;
  • Organization’s annual budget;
  • Copy of the organization’s IRS exemption letter.

All LOIs should be sent via email to: