Application Process


Grant Cycles

Cullen Foundation runs two open responsive grant cycles each year. The winter grant cycle begins in January and the summer grant cycle begins in July.

Please review the eligibility criteria, the types of support the Foundation provides and key deadlines. Click here for material presented at our informational meeting, grant writing tips and frequently asked questions.


Stages of the Grant Cycle

1 - Join Mailing List
Scroll below to join our mailing list. This will notify you of the deadlines for upcoming grant cycles.

2 - Create an Account
The entire application process is online. Click here to login or create a new account.

3 - Letter of Intent (LOI) Phase
The LOI is Cullen Foundation’s introduction to the organization’s project and determines eligibility. Key details include need, grant purpose, evidence-based (education applicants only) and reviewed/audited financials. Once an LOI is approved, the applicant may proceed to the application phase.

4 - Application Phase
The application seeks finer details of the organization’s project to understand who is being served, program logistics, organizational strength, project outcomes and fiscal health. Once an application has been completed, a site visit will be scheduled.

5 - Site Visit
The site visit is Cullen’s opportunity to ask specific questions related to the organization and its project. The organization will be able to demonstrate the strengths and need for the project through this discussion. Cullen’s questions will occupy the duration of the site visit, relieving the organization from planning a site visit agenda.