There is no deadline for the submission of letters of inquiry


For the application in PDF or Microsoft Word format please click below.

The average grant is between $5,000 and $15,000.  Grants are usually awarded on a one-time basis.  Grantees should not assume that approval of grant implies commitment to ongoing future support.

  • Organization must work for charitable purposes in Israel
  • Organization must be operated so that it does not discriminate in the provision of services based upon race, religious affiliation, or ethnic or national origin
  • Organization must have an exempt status under 501(c)(3) of the internal revenue code

Size and duration of grant

All letters of inquiry are reviewed by Foundation board and staff. Applicants will be notified by email or letter whether they are requested so submit a full proposal.  Responses to letters of inquiry typically will be made within thirty days from the date received.

The Foundation is dedicated to the promotion of a pluralistic public space and the empowerment of disadvantaged groups.  Consideration is given to projects that enhance tolerance and equality of opportunity.  Preference is given to projects that display innovation, maximization of resources and systemic improvement. 

The Foundation does not give to medical research, disease prevention or capital projects.

The Kathryn Ames Foundation

For the grant and letter of inquiry guidelines in PDF or Microsoft Word format please click below.

Areas of Interest

The letter of inquiry should include the following:

Grant/Funding Type NOT Funded

  • Individuals
  • Special Events/Benefit dinners
  • Advertising/Publications
  • Impermissible lobbying, legislative or political activities

If it is determined from the letter of inquiry that the proposed project may meet the Foundation's priorities and interest, then the applicant will be permitted to submit a full grant application, a copy of which is available below.  Regrettably, the availability of grant funds permits a favorable response to only a limited number of requests.  Since the Foundation requests more proposals than it can fund, a decision to permit your organization to submit a full grant application should not be interpreted as an indication of likely support.  Lack of approval bears no reflection on the worthiness and merit of the proposal and organization submitting the request.

Letter of Inquiry

All applicants are required to submit a letter of inquiry before submitting a full grant application. Before applying for a grant, applicants should carefully review the Foundation's guidelines.  Once you have determined that your organization or project fits within the guidelines, a brief letter of inquiry should be submitted to the Foundation describing the program for which the funds are being requested.  The letter, not to exceed two pages, should be submitted via email to or by mail to Kathryn Ames Foundation, 102 W. Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite 304, Towson, Maryland 21204.

  • Name and brief description of your organization
  • The purpose of the grant, including a description of proposed activity
  • The timeframe for program or project for which the funding is requested
  • The geographic area, demographics of population, and number of individuals to be served by the program or project for which funding is requested
  • the grant amount requested
  • an estimate of the total cost of the program or project
  • Totals of your organization's income and expenses from your organization's most recent fiscal year
  • Contact name and title, phone number, email address