How to Apply

The Leon Levine Foundation funds a variety of organizations and programs that serve the public without discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status or national origin.


All nonprofit organizations seeking funding must meet these minimum requirements:

  • Grant requests will be considered only from tax exempt organizations described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”) and further classified as a public charity within the meaning of Section 509(a) (1) or (2) of the Code, or governmental units described in Section 170 of the Code. 509(a)(3) Supporting Organizations will not be considered for funding.
  • Grants are not made to individuals.
  • The Foundation will consider only one LOI and one Funding Proposal application from an organization within a 12-month period.
  • The Foundation primarily accepts LOI’s from organizations which serve individuals primarily in Charlotte, North Carolina, the surrounding region, and other major North Carolina cities through targeted geographic expansion.
  • Typically, the Foundation does not support organizations with total revenue less than $250,000.

Organizations interested in requesting funding should submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) per the procedure below. If your organization is located in North Carolina, but outside of the Charlotte metro area, please click here for more information on how to apply.  The Board of Directors does not accept unsolicited proposals for funding.




LOIs are accepted throughout the year without deadline. If you have received previous funding for the requested program within the last 12 months, please proceed to Grant Renewal/Continuation below.

The purpose of the LOI is to provide the Grants Committee of the Board of Directors with basic information about your organization, the program under request and the need served.

Before the submission of the LOI, you will be asked to answer these questions in our eligibility quiz:

  1. Has your organization applied to The Leon Levine Foundation for funding within the last twelve months?
  2. Has your organization received funding from The Leon Levine Foundation in the past for the specific program you are applying for now?
  3. Are you applying for a grant as an individual?
  4. Is your organization tax exempt as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”) and further classified as a public charity within the meaning of Section 509(a) (1) or (2) of the Code, or governmental units described in Section 170 of the Code?
  5. Is your organization based/serving individuals in Israel?
  6. Have you read and understood the Funding Process and Frequently Asked Questions FAQs?
  7. Does your organization or program fit within the Mission of the Foundation?

If you meet our criteria, you will be asked to register as a user in our grants management system and submit your LOI.

Complete Letter of Inquiry

After your LOI submission, you will receive confirmation that the LOI has been received. We usually respond to LOIs within 60 days of submission. You may also be contacted with additional questions or requests for further information.

The completed LOI is presented to the Grants Committee who indicates a level of interest based on mission fit and funding priorities. If your LOI meets these criteria, you will be contacted by Foundation staff and invited to submit a full proposal.

All communication must come through Foundation staff. Under no circumstances should you contact Board of Directors members.



Following proposal invitation, your organization will have 45 calendar days to complete the application. As you work through the application, please be aware of the Board meeting dates and submission windows. Please follow the chart above.

Complete Proposal



Applicants seeking grant renewal/continuation for the same program previously funded may submit one request per the Foundation’s fiscal year (July 1st – June 30th). If you are applying for a different program than your previous request, please begin the process by completing our Letter of Inquiry above.

Request Renewal