Submitting an Idea

Priority Strategies and Activities

For an Open Call idea to progress to the full proposal stage, the response must competitively advance one or more of the priorities in this section. If invited to submit a full proposal, please refer to this section often. An invitation to submit a full proposal does not guarantee funding.


Award Amounts

Most grant awards will be under $200,000. Larger grant awards and multi-year grant awards are possible at the discretion of Catalyzing Neighborhood Investment staff.


Application Process

The Open Call is an ongoing solicitation for innovative ideas. Ideas submitted through the Open Call are not full proposals. Rather, they are brief and carefully constructed concepts submitted through a user-friendly letter of inquiry process.

Please submit letters of inquiry through GrantCentral, the Trust’s online grants management system. Returning users can log in and begin an application. If you are new to GrantCentral, your first step will be to create an account  for your organization. Once you receive your password by email, you can log into your new account and create an organization profile, then create your letter of inquiry.

Letters are accepted at any time and a confirmation of submission email will be sent within 72 hours.

Organizations with ideas that align competitively with the requirements of the Open Call may be invited to submit a full proposal. An invitation to submit a full proposal does not guarantee funding.



For technical questions about your GrantCentral application, please contact our grants management staff at

For questions about the funding opportunity, please contact Michael Davidson, senior director of community impact, at or Cora Marquez, impact coordinator, at


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