The Mott Foundation funds grants in the United States and, on a limited geographic basis, internationally. While we’re open to new ideas and projects, funding for unsolicited requests is very limited. If you’re interested in submitting an idea to us for funding, the first step is to complete a letter of inquiry (LOI) form. Your LOI will help our program staff determine the relevance of your proposed project to our programs and provide you with advice on whether to submit a full proposal.

Prior to submitting an LOI, we ask you to learn more about our programs, funding interests, funding limitations and guidelines for organizations located outside the United States.

Letters of inquiry can be submitted at any time.

Before approaching the funder or submitting an application:

  • Prospective applicants from Duke University – contact Angela Crews in the Office of Foundation Relations, University Development at 919-681-0468 or
  • Prospective applicants from Duke Medicine – contact Anita Shirley in Foundation Relations and Corporate Giving, Duke Medicine Development and Alumni Affairs at 919-385-3117 or
Areas of Interest
  • Civil Society
  • Environment
  • Flint Area
  • Pathways out of Poverty
  • ​Exploratory and Special Projects
Eligibility Requirements

The Foundation makes grants in the U.S. and, on a limited geographic basis, internationally. Grants outside the U.S. are made only in the Civil Society (Central and Eastern Europe, and the former Soviet Union and SouthAfrica) and Environment (primarily organizations in the Great Lakes region, select organizations internationally) programs. The Flint Area program funds projects in Flint, Michigan, and surrounding Genesee County.

Amount Description

Our median grant size is in the $100,000 range. The majority of our grants are between $15,000 and $250,000 annually.

Funding Type
Sponsor: Rolling