Letters of Enquiry Guidelines


Oak Foundation has a continuous approval process so letters of enquiry may be submitted at any time. We will respond within three months, informing the applicant whether there is sufficient interest to pursue a formal proposal. If so, we will request additional information from the organisation. Please be aware that submitting a request does not assure financial support.


Before submitting a letter of enquiry, please follow these steps:


Step 1: Review Oak Foundation's Grant-making Criteria


Read Oak Foundation's grant-making criteria, review previous grants in our Grant Database and assess whether you meet the general requirements of the Foundation.


Step 2: Submit a Letter of Enquiry


Organisations who are interested in seeking a grant are advised to provide a concept note of no more than 2 (two) pages in length, in Word.doc format, electronically.


To expedite the process, please ensure that the concept note includes the following information:

  • A summary of the goals and budget of your organisation
  • A description of the duration, objective, and activities of the project for which you seek funding
  • Location of the project and description of the target population
  • Amount of the grant requested and total cost of the project
  • Actual or potential co-funders

We would be most appreciative if you do not contact the Foundation directly to discuss your request as we are unable to respond to unsolicited requests. Please send your enquiry to sip@oakfnd.org.


Funding Restrictions


We do not provide support to religious organisations for religious purposes, election campaigns or general fund-raising drives.


Please note that we do not fund individuals, and do not provide funding for scholarships or tuition assistance for undergraduate or postgraduate studies.